Hood Canal, Washington
The Laird Norton Family Foundation (LNFF) recently elected to focus one of its multi-year Watershed Stewardship Fund investments in the Hood Canal watershed of Washington’s Puget Sound. LNFF’s approach is to add value to existing efforts by enhancing local capacity through partnership building as well as investing in on-the-ground projects.
BEF has had a relationship with LNFF for the past several years and a number of watersheds where LNFF has made investments are also places where BEF has made 10-year Model Watershed Program commitments, including the Upper Deschutes River, Teton River and Coos Watershed. This project reflects a desire for LNFF and BEF to work in partnership, where BEF serves as an active advisor in the development of LNFF’s investment strategies.
To accomplish this, BEF is working closely with LNFF to deepen an understanding of the conservation issues and circumstances in Hood Canal, namely by interviewing staff and board members of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) as well as other watershed stakeholders.
Information gained through one-on-one conversations will be organized and presented to the HCCC and LNFF’s Watershed Stewardship Fund Advisory Committee to help inform focus areas of an upcoming HCCC board retreat and future funding decisions by LNFF.
—Katie Briggs, Managing Director, Laird Norton Family Foundation