Here in the Pacific Northwest, forests are fundamental to our way of life — providing immeasurable social, economic, and environmental benefits to local communities. But too often, our forests are managed only for the timber they produce.
Ecotrust’s Forests program aims to transform the dominant forest management paradigm here in the Northwest and around the world to one that more closely mimics natural forest processes, while providing for our region. We are demonstrating that our forests can store more carbon, provide high quality habitat for native fish and wildlife, offer recreational and economic development opportunities, and produce clean and abundant water, all while supporting a robust and reliable forest products industry.
Technology solutions for landowners
We offer public, private, and tribal land managers a suite of forest planning and conservation priority tools to support better forest management. Learn more about Forest Planner
We also evaluate the potential economic and jobs benefits of ecological forestry and habitat restoration for our clients and partners.
Ecotrust has been a leader in developing forest carbon markets in the Pacific Northwest and has worked with partners to develop a Verified Carbon Standard methodology to quantify carbon in forests. Download our Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Offsets
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative
Restoring our forests and critical watersheds not only makes good ecological sense, but is a boon to local economies: Did you know that over the last decade, restoration work across the state of Oregon has created over 6,000 jobs and $900 million in economic output? Through a unique public-private partnership program, we are working to restore priority watersheds that have high ecological importance and strong community support in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Learn more about WWRI
Ecotrust’s Forest Planner tool was built to help landowners large and small meet the challenges of managing forestlands for their many benefits — from wildlife habitat, carbon storage, clean water and other ecosystem services, to timber products.