Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
Incorporated: 1991 in OR
EcoTrust partners with local communities across the Northwest to put bold, transformative ideas into action. Their programs focus around the following areas: food and farms; forests; oceans and fisheries; water and watersheds; built environment; and climate. Some recent projects include:
The Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside designed to support local food enterprises, connect chefs, foodservice directors and entrepreneurs to independent farmers, ranchers and fishers in the region, and help scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest. The Redd offers both the infrastructure and amenities essential to a growing enterprise, as well as a vibrant community where urban food producers connect with the rural farmers, ranchers, and fishers that supply them. The Redd is comprised of a two-block, 80,000-square-foot food production and distribution campus including two buildings: Redd West, a former distribution hub and sales center; and the Redd East, a 1918 ironworks. With more than 20,000 square feet of warehouse space, Redd West serves as a cold storage, aggregation, packaging, and distribution center, and also includes three commercial production kitchens.
Forest Planner: Ecotrust’s Forest Planner tool helps forest landowners visualize different harvest schemes that deliver different returns — whether for timber revenue, carbon storage, wildlife habitat or all of the above.
Farm-to-School: Connecting small and mid-size farmers with large institutions like schools is a major thrust of Ecotrust's food and farms work. In their farm to school work, Ecotrust partners with a wide range of school districts, focusing on low-income schools and preschools to ensure that all children have access to healthy, local food. They also advocate for policies that strengthen Oregon’s agricultural economy and create local jobs.
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative (WWRI): This initiative is a pioneering example of interagency collaboration: Thanks to the cooperation of the USDA Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Ecotrust, more than 160 projects have been funded, bringing an estimated additional $1 million a year over the course of 10 years to salmon recovery efforts in the region. By pooling funding from state and federal agencies, more than 6,500 acres of habitat and 900 miles of stream have been restored, with more than $10 million dollars going directly to fund local jobs in rural areas.
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