LNCT’s New Mission Statement Emerges From Planning
Please join LNCT in welcoming and embracing our new mission statement:
LNCT preserves land and nurtures conservation values in partnership with an engaged community in the Nehalem region of the Oregon coast.
This new mission statement was the result of a year of focused planning by the community, board and staff. The year of facilitated planning also resulted in three documents which are now posted to our website.
At the helm of the conservation planning team was Gareth Ferdun, LNCT founder and past board member. No stranger to planning, having worked on planning projects with four state and local environmental groups, Gareth led the charge to create a defining document for the organization’s conservation work.
“The board realized that there is a limit to what we can do with land acquisition,” said Ferdun, “and ideally LNCT is looking for new ways to engage the community, in our service area, about opportunities for conservation that go beyond land acquisition.”
The plan, filled with rich information about the ecology of the lands that make up the Nehalem Bay area community, points to a new emphasis on strategies land owners might use to institute conservation on their land—from backyards to acreage.
The content of the plan, which also defines priorities for future land acquisition, was created from information gathered by questionnaires and interviews with over local 55 participants along with assistance from the Nature Conservancy, North Coast Land Conservancy and the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.
“In addition to the plan, we now have some very good maps that were created for this project,” said Ferdun. ”These are included in the printed plan and are also available as a stand-alone reference document for the community’s use. We encourage people to take a look at the maps, as well as the conservation plan, which are available at the LNCT office. We think these will be a valued educational tool and that people might be surprised at the wealth of interesting information to be found.”
The second of the three plans: the strategic plan was facilitated by non-profit consultant and Neahkahnie resident Sarah Johnson. Having spent 25 years as a non-profit executive in Portland and San Francisco, Johnson is well versed in the critical importance of planning to the success of an organization.
“My husband and I continue to be impressed by LNCT and the work they are doing in this community. After meeting some of their board and staff, I was ready to work with them when the opportunity arose,” said Johnson.
“Planning is a formula and is the only way an organization can grow with any kind of focus. The fact that LNCT took time to step back, re-evaluate their mission and vision and engage in this often challenging process speaks to their commitment to growing their work in this community.”
Through the multi-month, in-depth process with Johnson, LNCT now has a new mission and vision statement which focuses on deeper engagement with the community. As pointed to in both the conservation plan and the strategic plan, the organization’s new emphasis will be on expanded conservation education for both children and adults.
“This is a group that is prime to make a real difference in this community and it not only has the potential and motivation, but with the new 3-year strategic plan it now has the road map,” said Johnson.
The third piece of the planning trio is the new resource development plan, also facilitated by Johnson.
“The strategic plan stands for organizational growth and the resource development plan is designed to steer the funding for the activities laid out in the strategic plan,” said Johnson.
Along with the electronic version posted on our website, LNCT’s new conservation plan, strategic plan and resource development plans are all available in hard copy to be reviewed at our office, 532 Laneda Avenue, Suite C during office hours. Call for 503-368-3203 for more information.