Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has exciting news! We are pleased to announce that we are now our own independent non-profit organization, with our own tax-exempt 501c3 status.
Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has, until recently, had 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit status as a project of the League of Wilderness Defenders (LOWD), our fiscal sponsor. However, we recently decided to take an important step towards long-term organizational sustainability, and become our own 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. We now have our own dedicated Board of Directors, and we are excited to have the additional support and structure that being our own nonprofit organization provides.
Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project’s mission, program goals and objectives, and activities remain the same. We are very excited to continue working to defend forests and ecological integrity on public lands in eastern Oregon. Increasing our long-term organization stability will help us effectively carry out our work to protect and restore the natural ecosystems in the eastern Oregon Cascades and Blue Mountains.
We are grateful to the Center for Nonprofit Law for their help with our application for 501c3 tax-exempt status. Many heartfelt thanks to David Atkin and Judy Shaw at the Center for Nonprofit Law for their diligent and thorough work during the application process.
Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project’s Board of Directors members are now Tom Buchele (President), Amy Harwood (Secretary), Paula Hood (Treasurer), Monica Bond, and Karen Coulter. Tom is the managing attorney and clinical professor for the Earthrise Law Center at Lewis and Clark Law School. Amy is a Coordinator for Lobos of the Southwest, and has been Co-Director of Signal Fire and Interim Director at Bark. Monica is a prominent scientist and founder of the Wild Nature Institute. Karen and Paula are Director and Co-Director of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project.