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April 26, 2018

Clackamas Partnership Connects with Conference Attendees

One of my highlights from last week’s CONNECT 2018 conference in Seaside was sitting in the audience during the Clackamas Partnership Project Tracker Panel. Daniel Newberry from the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and John Runyon from the Cascade Environmental Group joined Matt on stage to share their experiences using ProjectFirma. More

February 13, 2018

Best of Luck to You, Mike!

Last week, I took time out to wish Mike Wetter luck on his new adventures. I first met Mike six years ago, not long after he launched The Intertwine Alliance. His goal of leveraging civic investments to connect our regional parks, trails, and natural areas was both inspiring and visionary. Mike’s combo of an intense sustainability focus and being an avid bike commuter meant that our paths crossed on numerous occasions, both figuratively and literally. But for the record, he was always on the right side of the street. More

February 9, 2018

Conservation Takes Center Stage in Music City

Last week, over 1,000 conservation leaders met in Nashville for the 72nd annual National Association of Conservation Districts meeting. Sitka was proud to be a sponsor for this meeting that brings farmers, ranchers, fosters, and conservation professionals from places as far as New Hampshire to Guam in one place to discuss policies and share ideas. More

December 11, 2017

Nevada Leads Western States with Creative Solution to Protect Endangered Greater Sage-Grouse

Nevada is the first state in the nation to launch an online Conservation Credit System which provides private landowners and public land managers incentives to preserve, enhance, and restore greater sage-grouse habitat. This system provides a statewide market that allows developers (e.g. mining and energy companies) to offset their impact on sage-grouse by purchasing credits from private landowners who have land that qualifies as a safe habitat for the endangered birds. The first credit transaction on the system occurred November 9th. More

November 27, 2017

WaterWatch of Oregon Raises Record Amount for Oregon Rivers

This year’s “Celebration of Oregon Rivers” auction and dinner brought over 300 supporters together for a night of fun, education, and bidding to the Tiffany Center in downtown Portland. Paddle raises and silent bids brought in a record-breaking $183,875 which covers close to a 1/3 of the organization’s annual operating budget. More

November 17, 2017

Searching for Compassionate Solution for Our Homeless Citizens and Natural Areas

Last month, Sika was a project partner for a one-day event focused on finding a compassionate approach for supporting both our homeless citizens and our natural areas. Over 90 regional natural resource managers, social workers, and citizen advocates attended the workshop put on by Street Roots, PSU’s Trauma Informed Oregon, Multnomah County, Right 2 Survive, and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. More

November 16, 2017

Behind the Camera at the Oregon APA & ISOCARP 53rd Annual Congress

Last month, Sitka participated in a panel at the joint ISOCARP and Oregon APA Conference on “Small Communities.” Our Wednesday morning panel focused on how the Sitka-built and supported Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) Project Tracker is being leveraged by other multi-agency organizations, like the Clackamas Partnership and 18 California Resource Conservation Districts, to increase data collection efficiency and program transparency via the ProjectFirma platform. More