More than 120 participants watched the 2021 Nisqually Land Trust’s annual Conservation Celebration & Auction event, held online on June 5, 2021. Presenters included, top row, l-r, Jeanette Dorner, executive director of the organization, J.W. Foster, mayor of Yelm; lower row, l-r, Willie Frank III, chairman of the Nisqually Indian Tribe; Hanford McCloud, member of the Tribal Council.
On Saturday, the Nisqually Land Trust highlighted the valuable role of the Nisqually Indian Tribe in environmental conservation during its annual auction.
Yelm Mayor JW Foster and Executive Director of the Nisqually Land Trust Jeanette Dorner hosted the online Conservation Celebration & Auction event, which ran from 6 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. on June 5. The auction itself opened last week and closed Sunday night, raising “over $122,000,” according to the local non-profit organization. The Trust Fund plans to use proceeds to acquire more critical lands in the Nisqually Watershed to benefit the water, wildlife, and people in the area.
During the program, George Walter, Nisqually Land Trust Founding President, also shared a brief message. In his speech, Walter focused on the significant role that the Nisqually tribe plays in conservation. “I didn’t think we would have a Nisqually Land Trust if we didn’t have a Nisqually Indian Tribe, and their fishery, and their salmon and treaty rights,” Walter said.
Dorner agreed, adding, “our history of the land trust is intertwined with the relationship with the tribe, and the importance of protecting the natural resources.”
In addition, Willie Frank III spoke in his new role as […]