Support 116 environmental nonprofits!

by EarthShare Oregon
Wallowa Mountains, by Colton Haney
Wallowa Mountains, by Colton Haney

EarthShare Oregon continues to be your partner in taking care of the quality of life and health of Oregon, our nation, and our planet.  Our now more than 100 nonprofit members are our Earth's eyes and voices -- watching for threats, and speaking up to protect all of us from those threats.

Just in Oregon alone, our member groups like these are speaking up for our drinking water, clean energy, forests, and communities:

Oregon Wild -- continues to be a watchdog for our public lands, teaming up with partner groups to stop the largest federal clearcut in Lane County in 20 years. Oregon Wild and partners won two key legal challenges. It convinced a judge to hold the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service accountable by demanding that the agency draft a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Wildlife Refuges. Just two weeks later, they defeated the proposed White Castle timber sale, sparing 160 acres of old growth from logging and debunking the BLM’s claim that sloppy clearcuts are somehow ecological forestry.

Oregon Environmental Council -- The Clackamas River provides drinking water for 300,000 people, recreation for thousands, and a home for endangered fish. Oregon Environmental Council led an effort to reduce pesticide contamination of Oregon’s rivers and watersheds and is now working with partners in the Clackamas River Basin to protect the river system from polluted runoff. They report already seeing reductions in many pesticides and herbicides.

Hells Canyon Preservation Council -- Monitored and influenced proposed logging activities across 265,000 acres of the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla National Forests. Brought together volunteers and biologists through our Wildlife Watchers Project, a collaborative effort with the US Forest Service, to document wildlife species in the Blue Mountains.

This is extremely important work that will need to continue -- indeed, get even more vigilant -- as we head into 2017.  Thank you for your generous donations in the past, and please keep advocating for our environment. We'll keep doing this work on your behalf if we have your support.

One environment. One simple way to care for it.

Harvest time is giving time...
Harvest time is giving time...

EarthShare Oregon has expanded! Our overall list of nonprofits has expanded this year -- from 75 to 116!  As someone who gives to EarthShare, it means that your donation will be put to work in some new areas of environmental stewardship, such as:

  • Xerces Society -- Protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. We use applied research, education and advocacy to safeguard these vital species.
  • Green Corps, Inc -- Training a new generation of environmental leaders by working in communities with local groups to preserve forests, clean up our air and promote cleaner energy.
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics - Teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.

Go visit our website, earthshare-oregon.org, to see the full list and maybe connect with a new nonprofit doing something you're passionate about!  And if you work at a business that offers incentives to give through GlobalGiving, keep your eyes peeled for those campaigns to start up this fall!

Thanks again for doing good in the world with us,

Bringing environmental education and ideas to you!
Bringing environmental education and ideas to you!

Did you see us out and about during Earth Month in April, maybe even where you work? Because EarthShare Oregon, and our member charities, were out in the community at lots of businesses and community events. We spend the time at these events because we know employees at companies like Nike, Intel, and other companies we interact with, are hungry for ideas about ways to live greener!

Providing that education, offering volunteer opportunities, and connecting people to nature is what EarthShare does best. Just a fraction of what we brought includes:

  • Canoeing and kayaking ideas, events and maps for those wanting to connect to their local watersheds like the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers
  • Oregon State Parks Guides for those seeking hiking, exploring and outdoor activities
  • Ideas for incorporating biking into everyday life, through the May Bike More Challenge

We are spreading the word about, and helping find new donors to support, the work of the groups who make these things possible, like Willamette Riverkeeper, Tualatin Riverkeeper, Oregon State Parks Foundation, and Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

We appreciate your support of EarthShare Oregon -- it's making our visibility-raising (and fundraising) happen!

photo by Tomohiro Watanabe
photo by Tomohiro Watanabe

I read a lot of news every morning, and just sorting through the issues that concern me can be overwhelming.  Public lands protections, clean water, and healthier transportation are just a few that showed up for me in the past few days.

Luckily I have a job that allows me to see the positive momentum created by environmental nonprofits in Oregon. EarthShare Oregon's member groups are actively pursuing good actions, every day, that make me feel less anxious about environmental issues. For example:

Oregon Natural Desert Association has already signed up more than 1,200 people who are ready to help with the restoration of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, when the time is right. Other organizations that actively help public land protection, such as Audubon Society of Portland and Oregon Wild, have been mobilizing their supporters to participate as well. Their wonderful volunteer coordinators are just chomping at the bit to turn those who love public lands into active volunteers.

Clean water could not be more central to our daily lives -- but we see a lot of stories that make us wonder how secure it is.  Oregonians are privileged to have groups as effective as WaterWatch of Oregon (which fought off an effort by municipal water developers to take almost half the summertime flow of the lower Clackamas River) and Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter (which is actively protecting clean water in Cascade Locks from private corporations who want to turn it into an expensive commodity.)

If knowing these good works exist make you feel good too, supporting them all with one gift to EarthShare Oregon is a great way to honor them and to make continuing their work possible.

Thank you for being a force for good in Oregon...

EarthShare Oregon gives thanks for you...
EarthShare Oregon gives thanks for you...

As we embark upon this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the key environmental successes of the past year – and your role in making them happen!

We celebrate the success of restoration efforts for the Oregon chub, the first fish ever removed from the endangered species list due to recovery rather than extinction. We celebrate Portland’s leadership in moving away from fossil fuels, and the commitment of many other Oregon cities to get serious about reducing atmospheric toxins. We celebrate new records for this year’s Bike Commute Challenge and EcoChallenge, as well as attendance at Crater Lake National Park.

Most of all, we celebrate environmental issues moving to the mainstream, to the point where even our own President and the Pope have now become strong voices for addressing climate change as an obligation to future generations.

So, thank you! This was possible because of your generous contributions. By supporting EarthShare Oregon, you have helped us connect more people in more workplaces to the beneficial work of the environmental movement.

These successes have put us in a position of incredible opportunity for the next decade. Our groups need your support to expand the work that’s been so effective already, and we need your support to extend our reach so others can join the efforts and multiply the impact.

As always, EarthShare Oregon will steward your gifts wisely, so we’ll have even more successes to count next year!

With gratitude and warm wishes for the year ahead,
Jan Wilson, Executive Director

 

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Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​earthshare-oregon.org
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