Emerald Alliance kicks off

New land conservation organization for Puget Sound region

The Emerald Alliance was formally launched this month, marking a milestone for the protection of the region’s natural open spaces and resource lands.

For decades, people of the Puget Sound region have talked about the importance of the environment, specifically the beauty of the region’s natural landscapes and proximity to world-class recreation.

Often, it’s the quality of our outdoors that draws people to the Northwest and keeps them here.

In June 2018, the Puget Sound Regional Council completed a Regional Open Space Conservation Plan, the first time the region’s plans for protecting and conserving natural open spaces have been pulled together into one integrated plan that identifies a regional open space network.

While the region has made progress identifying and protecting millions of acres of farms, forests and natural areas, the plan demonstrates that 463,00 acres still need to be protected, 300 miles of regional trails need to be built, and at least 24 parks need to be developed in urban areas.

The Emerald Alliance is a bold new organization aimed at building a broader coalition of partners from business, government, nonprofits, and education to rally behind this new regional vision for conservation.

The fundamental objective of the Emerald Alliance is to help align efforts to protect and enhance the region’s rich natural heritage—the foundation of healthy and livable communities for all.

The Emerald Alliance will catalyze greater collaboration across the conservation community and invite a broader array of voices into existing efforts to protect and enhance the treasured natural characteristics in urban, suburban, and rural parts of the region.

The Alliance will connect the work of the conservation community with the work of local governments and community-based organizations to achieve a future where everyone has access to a healthy place to live, work, and thrive.