Environment

Icicle Fund envisions a future where intact landscapes, representative of the biodiversity of the region, provide opportunities for people to connect with the land and water through stewardship capacity and policies that inspire long-term commitment to place.

Below, we outline four strategic goals within conservation where Icicle Fund’s six lead partners are committed to engaging in collaborative initiatives and strategic efforts. Our grant funding decisions align with these goals and with our commitment to supporting diversity and equity throughout conservation work. The six lead partners are Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Icicle Creek Center for the ArtsMethow Arts AllianceThe Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and Wenatchee River Institute

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 conserve 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, in particular for climate-vulnerable populations or communities

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