Columbia Land Trust (Vancouver, WA)


  • Name:Michael Paul
  • Title:Annual Campaign and Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Columbia Land Trust
  • Address:1351 Officer's Row
    Vancouver, WA 98661
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:360-696-0131

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Columbia Land Trust is to conserve and care for vital lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region. We focus our work from the John Day River east of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, reaching about 50 miles from the Columbia into both Oregon and Washington.

  • Overview:
  • Since 1990, Columbia Land Trust has worked with ranchers, farmers, orchardists, conservationists, foresters, public agencies and individuals who share a commitment to our region’s precious resources and landscapes. Our shared commitment: to conserve and protect these places. To date, we have conserved more than 24,000 acres of natural areas, farm and ranchlands, forests and critical habitat in Oregon and Washington.

    Our management efforts are guided by stewardship plans developed with the help of scientists, neighbors and partner agencies. We restore degraded habitats to help protect indigenous plants and animals while we strive to maintain historic uses and promote responsible enjoyment of our natural resources.

    The lower Columbia River region is home to a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and habitats. The region sits at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, between the Coast and Cascade Mountain ranges, and is a critical part of the Pacific Flyway. It’s also home to an ever-increasing human population. Today more than 2.1 million people live in the seven-county metropolitan area, and demographers predict that total may reach up to 3.2 million residents by 2030. This will be an incredible 60 percent increase in less than 20 years.

    With this exploding population growth comes a threat to the Columbia River region’s ecological systems. There is intense pressure to divide and develop forests, farms, and ranchlands, as well as intense pressure on urban-area green spaces for housing and other development. Urban growth areas are expanding to accommodate larger populations, and the result is increasingly sprawling development. Ironically, the very attributes that attract people to the Northwest—clean air and water and spectacular beauty—are jeopardized by this expanding development. Our challenge is to accommodate our new neighbors while caring for the natural lands and resources so important to our collective future.

    How do we engage our growing population to join in this care for our natural world? Our increasingly urban population is becoming disconnected from nature, farms, and forests. Without opportunities to connect with nature in their neighborhoods, city dwellers may become less involved in conservation and fail to make the connections that clean water is related to healthy forests, and that safe food is related to a functioning ecosystem. The changing demographics of urban areas underscore the importance that we engage people of all socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities, people from literally every neighborhood in our expanding advocacy for nature that surrounds and sustains all of us.

    The following proposal will provide a clear design for addressing a coordinated response to the conservation needs in our region. Like never before, a strategic vision and collaboration of land trusts throughout the area is needed to address conservation of vital lands and habitat. Through this project, the Land Trust will build its capacity to strategically guide conservation in focal areas of our region and facilitate the gathering of partners to ensure conservation needs are met and managed collectively. Moreover, we will engage people from all walks of life in land conservation, truly helping the land trust movement succeed by bridging gaps and deeply engaging people to know, love, and care for our conserved lands.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1990, Columbia Land Trust began as an all-volunteer nonprofit based in Clark County (Vancouver, WA) with a mission to conserve and care for vital lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region. At the time, the land trust movement was just gaining momentum, and Columbia Land Trust’s goal was modest: to build relationships with area landowners in order to conserve important pieces of land. In the first seven years, Columbia Land Trust acquired just 150 acres of land.

    Growth since then has been phenomenal. To date, Columbia Land Trust has conserved 24,000 acres of land, and currently has a roster of 2,700 members and more than 20 staff. Our geographic reach has also expanded: our work area now encompasses an area stretching from east of the Cascade Mountains along 250 miles of the Columbia, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and reaching up to 50 miles from the Columbia River’s shores into both Oregon and Washington. Columbia Land Trust is now one of the largest land trusts in the Pacific Northwest and also one of the most respected land trusts in the country. The Land Trust is broadly respected throughout the area, and government agencies look to us to help them implement publicly-adopted conservation plans. Columbia Land Trust is one of only 181 land trusts from across the country that has been accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.

    The path forward to working on a grander scale is laid out for us in our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan (attached). The overarching goal of the plan is to grow from a successful regional land trust with critically important conserved lands and waters and a national reputation for excellence to an even more visible and impactful Pacific Northwest institution. To accomplish this, we will expand our conservation efforts, we will increase our presence in the Portland metropolitan area, and we will grow our financial resources to the level required for our mission. This strategy requires significantly expanding our relationships with the public, businesses, government agencies, and the philanthropic community.

    Our major goals for 2011-2015 are:
    1. Conserve the most important and threatened lands in our region
    2. Sustain and enhance the conservation values of protected properties in perpetuity
    3. Build strong relationships to grow active involvement in our work.
    4. Build and maintain organizational systems that ensure conservation forever.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:28
  • Staff size:25


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-3140861

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:943140861
  • Organization Name:COLUMBIA LAND TRUST
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% COURTNEY LAIRD
  • Organization Address:850 OFFICERS ROW
  • Organization City:VANCOUVER
  • Organization State:WA
  • Organization Zip:98661-3846
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C340
  • Asset Amount:$80,896,169
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$30,204,936
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$28,274,568
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:19:49 pm

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