An Important Message from Our Executive Director

June 2020

“We need human endeavor and intelligence, but we also need the intelligences of the wild—the millennial authority of redwood trees, the forbearance of bison, and the lyrical sermon of a wood thrush at dawn.”
– Terry Tempest Williams, Erosion, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

No question about it, these are the most challenging of times. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of our impermanence, just as it wreaks havoc on our emotional, physical, and economic worlds. It is prelude, preparation, and kin to other disasters, like climate change and plummeting biodiversity. The pandemic signals a systems breakdown—one that our organization works to address each day.

What’s the most critical thing we can do to slow these crises? Surprisingly, it’s our very mission: Protect wild places. Degradation of wild lands, exacerbated by climate change, is a major factor leading to the jumping of dangerous diseases from wildlife to humans. And the current pandemic underscores how much we rely on an intact natural world for physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Our work could not be more relevant at any other point in history, and YOU are critical to its success.

The current administration has sped up the assault on public lands, seizing the opportunity while media and policy attentions focus, as should be, on the pandemic. The watchful eyes of our national office and chapters are needed, likewise our powerful voices.

Of one thing I’m confident: Broads are known for resilience and perspicacity. We’ve shifted to new ways of working in our socially-distanced world:

        • We continue our fight for public lands by advocating, learning, protesting, and planning litigation online: from substantive comments to protect Columbia River salmon to mobilizing support for Mexican gray wolves; from climate action and education to fighting oil, gas, and mineral leasing, Broads are relentless!
        • We trained 15 Broadband leaders in April through an action-packed online and one-on-one phone call format. They’ll take the reins of existing Broadbands and launch seven new chapters.
        • We’ve held physically-distanced stewardship events, such as tree-planting in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in southwest Utah. National events like Broadwalks will be held if possible, or postponed to a later date with webinars set up to carry on our education and advocacy (see the Summer Broadsides newletter, page 3).

We’re not slowing down one bit. With your enthusiastic support, we’ve raised over $1 million toward a $3.1 million goal for our Women for the Wild Campaign. We know these are uncertain times—and yet we’re certain that our work to protect wild lands is critical to the challenges we face. In the last few months, we saw membership and gifts take a dive and heard from three foundations that can’t distribute funds this year. We applied and received a Payroll Protection Program loan through the CARES Act.

If you are in a position to make a donation now, you will help us carry our commitment through these difficult times. Here are some options:

        • Donate what you can; consider a portion of your $1200 CARES Act Stimulus funds.
        • Take advantage of the new CARES Act provision that allows deductions up to $300 for charitable donations for taxpayers who don’t itemize.
        • Provide a legacy with infinite impact by including Broads as part of your will, trust, or estate plans, or as a beneficiary to an IRA, life insurance policy, or bank account.

Remember, every gift—big or small—counts towards our Women for the Wild Campaign to secure our future. In whatever way you choose to support our work, know that we, and all wild things, are forever grateful.
With broad gratitude,

Shelley Silbert
Executive Director