Diversity, Equity, Inclusive and Justice

Diversity, Equity, Inclusive and Justice Vision Statement

Western Reserve Land Conservancy conserves vibrant natural areas, preserves working farms and forests, and creates healthier cities for, and with, all of the people of our region. Our work is about the connection between land, people, and community.

In conserving and restoring essential natural assets – mature forests, clean streams and lakes, productive farmland, public parks, and urban tree canopy – we support the physical, mental, and economic health and well-being of our neighbors and our communities.

We incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into both our internal practices and external programs.

Specifically, we are committed to:

  • Diversity: We appreciate our differences, we respect and learn from disparate points of view, and we believe that diverse voices enable us to be significantly more effective. We believe that our conservation and restoration work will be served best when people of different backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together to develop and advance a shared vision. We aim to better reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
  • Equity: We will align our policies, practices, programs, and resources so that all people have genuine and equal opportunities to thrive. We take into account that people have different access to resources and opportunities because of systems of oppression and privilege; we seek to balance that disparity.
  • Inclusion: We will nurture an inclusive environment in which everyone is valued, respected, and feels a sense of belonging. We will work on building deep and genuine relationships with all of the communities we serve.
  • Justice: Environmental burdens and benefits are not distributed equitably throughout our region. We address these historic and current disparities through our external programming so that each of us can realize and enjoy a healthy, thriving and inspiring world.

Our firm commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice will harness the greatest passion and develop the best ideas to fulfill our conservation and restoration mission, and advance a shared vision for our region’s land, people, and communities.