2023 State Legislative Priorities — The Nature Conservancy in Washington

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workforce improvement

An space the place the Nature Conservancy in Washington can be increasing our focus is round alternatives for workforce improvement. The transition to a carbon-free future received’t be with out its ache factors, however we’re wanting towards the longer term with optimism. Throughout our priorities and actions, there are alternatives to re-train and re-tool employees that may each contribute to a thriving native financial system, and transfer us right into a sustainable future. Taking good care of employees in flip means supporting households, native economies, and the general vitality of our state.   

advancing previous local weather laws

Environmental Justice— Due to the passage of the HEAL Act, a number of state companies have been tasked with figuring out and addressing environmental well being disparities in overburdened communities and underserved populations. As well as, the Environmental Justice Council (one other results of the HEAL Act) has produced suggestions for closing gaps in well being disparities and guaranteeing a extra equitable future by way of state finances investments and efficient implementation of our local weather legal guidelines. We assist the work of this council and state company requests associated to environmental justice and ask lawmakers to totally fund and implement their suggestions.   

Salmon Restoration & Habitat— Salmon proceed to languish as a result of quite a few elements, together with rising water temperatures and different habitat impacts. We are going to advocate for significant, strategic investments to guard and restore vital habitat, observe the lead of tribal nations and their salmon restoration priorities, and assist collaborative investments confirmed to work greatest with vital land homeowners.   

Forest Well being and Wildfire Resilience— HB 1168 was a significant victory in setting a regular for the sort and scale of investments we might want to guarantee wholesome forests within the face of more and more extreme wildfire threats. We are going to advocate for shielding this invoice’s legacy by sustaining and increasing investments in forest restoration and neighborhood fireplace resiliency.   

City Forestry Investments— The city tree cover supplies untold advantages to our communities, and we’d wish to see investments on this finances that embrace: growing neighborhood grants to keep up and enhance tree cover; growing a statewide Tree Fairness Rating Map and conducting a tree cover evaluation; develop and replace ordinances for tree cover; and make the most of youth corps conservation crews and workforce coaching teams for tree upkeep and planting. 



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