Input sought on CBT's proposed environmental focus

Input sought on CBT’s proposed environmental focus

Draft strategic plan sets CBT’s environmental priorities for next five years and Rosslanders need to comment.

Since spring 2013, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has been engaging with Basin residents and organizations to help renew its water and environmental strategic plans.

CBT is now asking for feedback on the culmination of that input—the draft 2014—2019 Environmental Strategic Plan.

Once finalized, the plan will guide how CBT supports activities to strengthen the Basin’s collective ability to address current and future environmental priorities.

The draft plan sets goals in five areas: water, ecosystems, climate change, environmental education and enhancing the capacities of environment-focused organizations.

“We now seek your help again to finalize the plan—do you feel supportive of this plan, what will this plan mean to you in your community?” said Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO.

To help shape the goals, objectives and activities in the draft plan, CBT sought out a range of perspectives.

Residents participated in workshops and meetings across the Basin, and in a Basin-wide online survey process called Thoughtstream. CBT also consulted with environmental experts and a range of organizations, plus reviewed technical documents that identify environmental challenges in the Basin, and strategic plans from other Basin organizations doing environmental work.

To read the draft plan, visit www.cbt.org/draftenvironmentalplan. Provide your input by emailing environment@cbt.org by noon on Thursday, Jan. 9.