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Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love. Join us.
721 NW 9th Ave Ste 200
Portland, OR 97209 USA
Fisheries, Forestry, Food, Farms, Natives, Indians, Climate, carbon, carbon credits, Public Education, Outreach, Citizenship, Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation, Conservation Economy, Natural Capitalism, GIS, Ecosystem Services, Resilience, bioregion, regional, economic development, community fisheries, policy, indigenous, forests, watersheds, restoration, farm to school
Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)
Economic Development (S30)
Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)
Global warming, the industrial economy, rapidly growing inequality: combined, these forces threaten the viability of our planet and the wellbeing of our people. We are living in a time that demands urgent action, on a scale that ranges from the personal to the planetary. Undoubtedly, change must start right here at home. Ecotrust is a catalyst for radical, practical change. Founded in 1991 in Portland, OR, we believe that environmental restoration can – and must – go hand-in-hand with truly equitable economic development. With this goal in mind, Ecotrust’s work focuses on three heavy-impact sectors: Forestry, Food & Farms, and Fisheries. These are the working natural resource economies with the potential and the power to transform our relationship to the earth, and to one another.
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The Ecotrust Fisheries program aspires to facilitate a significant shift from industrial to ecological fisheries management, in both freshwater and marine systems, as measured by the viability of small-boat fishing communities and the marine resources on which they depend along with a measurable improvement in public support for restoring the productive integrity of the Pacific Northwest’s salmon-bearing freshwater river systems.
Ecotrust's Forest program promotes ecological forest management, which stores more carbon, offers more differentiated products and recreational
opportunities, provides higher quality habitat for native fish and wildlife, and produces cleaner and more reliably abundant water than an industrial regime while supporting a robust and dependable forest products industry.
Food & Farms
A high functioning, regionally-based food system would increase resilience while spurring local economic development, promoting more regenerative production practices, and creating opportunities for better health. Ecotrust's work to build a robust regional food system offers a great entry point to convene community around a more natural model of development and to address climate change. The Redd on Salmon Street will become our community test lab for designing, iterating, and scaling initiatives to develop a more robust and equitable regional food system.
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Ecotrust partners with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. In forests, farms, rivers, oceans, and cities, we're creating good jobs while restoring the lands and waters we all depend on. The goals in each of our program areas are: FORESTRY: to spur a shift from industrial to ecological forest management. This approach sequesters and stores more carbon, produces cleaner and more abundant water, protects habitat, and offers economic development opportunities – while supporting a healthy, reliable forest products industry. FOOD & FARMS: to build a robust regional food system that spurs local economic development, promotes regenerative farming and production practices, and creates opportunities for better individual and community health. FISHERIES: to support a transition from industrial to viable small-boat, community-based fisheries, an approach that delivers more economic, ecological, and social value to our coastal communities.
Across everything we do, Ecotrust focuses on four strategic through-lines: 1. Developing markets: for regional food, ecological forestry products and services, and healthy seafood from community-based fisheries. 2. Coordinating and investing in vital “nuts-and-bolts” infrastructure: including food processing and distribution facilities, dockside infrastructure for fishing communities, and mills for responsibly-sourced timber. 3. Supporting the people who work in these systems: farmers, ranchers, fishermen, Native and First Nation communities, private landowners, and public agencies making resource management decisions. 4. Restoring critical ecosystems: for thriving forests and watersheds that protect key species while also supporting local economies, particularly on tribal lands.
Ecotrust’s mission and vision – strong, equitable economies coupled with healthy, resilient ecosystems – is a big one. To get there, we tackle large-scale projects for maximum impact. Our dedicated staff includes ecologists, scientists, mapmakers, economists, designers, investment strategists, and software developers. Over our 27-year history, we have co-founded the world’s first environmental bank; started the world’s first ecosystem investment fund; and helped restore 6,500 acres and 900 stream miles of habitat. And we believe that the region we call home – the coastal temperate rain forests spanning from Alaska to Northern California – holds the unique mix of values, creativity, and capital needed to build new, different ways to live and do business.
With an in-house team of data analysts, GIS experts, and economists, Ecotrust closely evaluates the direct impact our programs, and the overall reach and influence of our work. For every project, we create a unique set of quantitative and qualitative impact indicators that our teams report on quarterly to ensure we are taking the steps necessary to achieve our theory of change. As we map out new initiatives, we set benchmarks and target outcomes so that we can continuously evaluate where we are making progress, what needs adjusting, and what we can learn from our efforts.
Across all our programs, Ecotrust is doubling down on outcomes that prioritize climate-smart land and ocean use, equitable community partnerships, and regenerative economic growth. Recent progress includes: - Connecting school districts with regional farms and ranches, ensuring that over 500,000 school kids annually receive healthy, local food in the lunch line. - Joining forces with local employers and community organizations to provide culturally-specific jobs training for young adults of color in the growing green economy. - Building mobile tech used by over 700 land owners to help manage their properties for both healthy habitat, and a healthy bottom line. - Opening a 45,000 square foot, 2-block campus for food system reform in the urban heart of Portland. The campus includes cold storage, distribution facilities, commercial and community kitchens, and flexible event space: exactly the kind of “nuts-and-bolts” infrastructure needed to scale a robust regional food system.
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 10/9/2018
Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)
Corporation for Enterprise Development
Gerding Edlen Development LLC
Wieden + Kennedy
Founder, Hanna Andersson
One PacificCoast Bank
Founder, Newman's Own Organics
Haisla First Nation
Retired Partner of K&L Gates
Co-Founder, ImpactAssets and Seattle Toniic
Professor of Geomorphology, University of Washington
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