Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Injustice is not a new issue, and as we navigate through these disturbing times in our society, we know we have to work harder as an organization to reflect the rich diversity of the region we serve. For nearly 50 years, The Conservation Foundation has been committed to preserving open space and to the belief that everyone deserves to have equal access to Nature and its remarkable healing powers. We are elevating our efforts regarding inclusion and diversity in all of its forms, and we stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.

We Believe:

Every person, regardless of where they live or their social-economic status, deserves clean water, clean air, and safe access to nature as a way to be healthy and happy.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Goal Statement:

The Conservation Foundation will be inclusive, equitable, accessible, dynamic and open to new and different perspectives to effectively meet the unique needs of the diverse communities we serve. Actions to date include:

Hiring Practices
Diverse Leadership Development
Inclusive Environments
Diversity on Our Board of Trustees
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness and Training

Strong, healthy, and vibrant communities are places where people feel valued and have a sense of belonging. Through the lens of DEI, we want to foster a culture of community at The Conservation Foundation where everyone feels they belong; where everyone feels comfortable bringing their whole authentic selves.

This diagram explains the core elements of DEI and shows the power of where all three intersect- BELONGING.

Belrose Farm picture

Native American Land Acknowledgment Statement

The following is The Conservation Foundation’s Native American Land Acknowledgment Statement as approved by the Board of Trustees:

As an organization dedicated to environmental stewardship, we acknowledge the many Native People and tribes who were the original stewards of this land for thousands of years before European settlement. With reverence and respect, we acknowledge their indigenous spirit of everything that is on and in the land. Native Peoples did not choose to leave this land, and now we are working to carry on the legacy of land stewardship that was inherent in their culture and customs.

A Land Acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgments do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.

We know we need to do more, and we will. We want to hear from members of our communities about how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to email us at info@theconservationfoundation.org with your ideas!