Conservation Corner – December 2018

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Doug Lynch sketch- Another River

The Spirit of Giving (for Fish)

This exceptionally warm, exceptionally dry year is coming to a close. Reflecting back, we saw dismal steelhead returns, low flows in our rivers, and stagnation in climate change policy. Last month’s Conservation Corner offered some bright spots where fish and river focused non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) have made real progress and many of you have helped these groups move forward on their goals.

So Many Groups Asking for Donations! How Do I Choose?

Whether conservation groups focus on advocacy, restoration, water rights, or education, their positive impacts require capital. So even if you jumped in with enthusiasm last month on Giving Tuesday, there are groups you may have missed that deserve consideration. If you didn’t read last month’s Conservation Corner, click on the link and you will find each group’s name linked to their homepage (for convenient giving).  Or, have you checked out Willamette Week’s Give!Guide? It has 150 of “Portland’s most impactful” non-profits in 9 categories including animals, civil rights, education, and health. There are 18 conservation-oriented groups from local watersheds to land trusts in the Guide. You might find a group that really matches your values and priorities here.

Keeping It Very Local – Your Foundation!

Your Flyfisher Foundation also accepts donations year-round! Your donation can help the Foundation fund worthy grant requests that may have just missed the cut to be featured at the annual auction’s Keith Hansen Memorial Paddle Raise. Moreover, the Foundation occasionally receives “emergency requests” for smaller priority projects that help fish and have tight timelines.

Thanks to all for your generosity! Happy Holidays!

Lisa Hansen

The FlyFishers Foundation. Founded 1973.