Icicle Fund Areas of Priority in Conservation

Icicle Fund supports non-profit organizations that work to protect the environment, advance the arts, and promote the natural and cultural history of North Central Washington through innovative collaboration.

The Fund’s vision is to secure large, intact landscapes representative of the biodiversity of the region that support human use and provide opportunities for people to connect with the land by protecting key lands and waters, building stewardship capacity, and cultivating policies that inspire long-term commitment to place. 

Below, we outline four specific areas within land conservation where Icicle Fund will prioritize grant funding and its five lead partners are committed to engaging in collaborative initiatives and strategic efforts. The five lead partners are Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Wenatchee River Institute, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land, and The Nature Conservancy.

Strategic Goals

  • Goal #1 Work collaboratively to diversify funding sources to increasingly leverage the Icicle Fund investment in conservation
  • Goal #2 Enhance the capacity of the North Central Washington community to be good stewards of land and water
  • Goal #3 Build partnerships to advocate for strong policies to support land and water conservation through a variety of approaches
  • Goal #4 Collaborate to secure priority areas that sustain natural systems and species, connect across habitat types, protect the flow of ecological and socioeconomic services, and ensure resilience to the local effects of climate change

Priority areas include:

  1. Natural lands that sustain systems and species, connect habitat types, and ensure the flow of ecological and socioeconomic services
  2. Working farms, ranches, and forests that balance human use with habitat protection and contribute to landscape connectivity
  3. Recreational lands such as parks and trails that provide opportunities for people to experience the outdoors close to home
  4. Lands that increase our resilience to the impact of climate change