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Public welcome to shape future of Columbia Basin Trust

The Trust invites the public to join the conversation and share thoughts on how the Basin can be a great place to live, work and play in the future. — Submitted photo

For 25 years, Columbia Basin Trust has been supporting your ideas and efforts.

Now the Trust is inviting you to celebrate all that the people and communities of the Columbia Basin have accomplished together over the last quarter century, and to share your aspirations for the future.

“Such a significant part of the Trust’s creation 25 years ago was the incredible grassroots engagement undertaken with the people of the Basin,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer.

“This is a time to celebrate the legacy of that engagement, to reflect on our shared history, and to imagine our future together in the Basin. I am excited to hear the dreams and ideas that people bring forward and I know they will be as powerful as those of the past.”

The Trust is accountable to all the people in the Basin. Its work is guided by the Columbia Basin Management Plan (CBMP), developed in consultation with people in the Basin. Using the input received through the upcoming engagement process, the Trust will update its management plan and renew its focus areas.

The public engagement process is now starting with online engagement and in-person community meetings until the end of June. It also includes the Symposia in Golden and Trail in October 2020. The new plan is expected to be released early in 2021.

“We invite everyone — of all backgrounds, interests and ages — to participate in the online conversation and to join us at the community meetings,” said Strilaeff. “All levels of participation are welcome: drop by for a quick chat, stay for the facilitated session or have your say online. Let's imagine our future together.”

To join the conversation and imagine the future of #basinlife, visit imagine.ourtrust.orgor call 1.800.505.8998.