“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them… The ability to have somebody to tell your story is so important. It says: ‘I was here’.” – Maya Angelou

From award-winning magazines to books on the bioregion to technical reports, we have more than 30 publications that tell stories of home.

Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative

About Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative

By coordinating investments in watershed restoration, a dynamic group of partners created a new model for building healthy communities, economies, and environments.

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Brent Davies, Whitney Winsor

Publication Date

2016

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Oregon Food Infrastructure Gap Analysis

About Oregon Food Infrastructure Gap Analysis

Where could investment catalyze regional food system growth and development?

This is the question we set out to answer to advance the development of a robust, regional food economy in Oregon. Download the full report at right, flip through a 15-page Executive Summary (Resumen Ejecutivo), or better yet, meet Intrepid, the hero of our report, and take an interactive journey through our findings.

In addition to identifying investment opportunities for impact investors, practitioners, and policy-makers, this report provides an overview of key supply, demand, and infrastructure drivers affecting the development of Oregon’s regional food system.

We also sought to illuminate aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure gaps inhibiting the flow of whole and minimally processed agricultural and food products for everyone from small and mid-scale Oregon producers to domestic wholesale food buyers.

Executive Summary | English and Spanish
Full Report | English

This project was made possible with funding from Meyer Memorial Trust.

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Amanda Oborne, Mike Mertens, Matthew Buck

Publication Date

2015

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Seeding the Farm to Preschool Movement

About Seeding the Farm to Preschool Movement

Providing seed funding and technical assistance to early care and education can jump-start farm to preschool in any region. Based on our own mini-grant program, this toolkit contains a collection of adaptable Word templates for developing a mini-grant application, selecting grantees, establishing a peer-to-peer network among grantees, and conducting evaluation and reporting.

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Angela Hedstrom, Katy Pelissier, Stacey Sobell

Publication Date

2015

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Annual Report 2015: People and Place

About Annual Report 2015: People and Place

Ecotrust turns 25 this year. We love this place we call home and are working hard to leave it better than we found it.

This year, explore our work through eight stories told across the bioregion, from the forestlands of southern Oregon to the fishing communities of Sitka, Alaska. These special places and the communities who depend on them are at the heart of our work to build a restored and vibrant region.

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2015

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Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study

About Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study

With an ever-increasing majority of people living in urban areas, the role of ecosystem services production within urban boundaries cannot be ignored. The ability of these urban areas to provide quality of life over time is inextricably linked to our ability to integrate ecosystem services into our urban planning and design practices. This report shows how the Bullitt Center offers a dynamic new approach to understanding and optimizing ecosystem services in built environments.

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Brent Davies, David Diaz, Noah Enelow, Stuart Cowan, Kathryn Langstaff, Kevin Halsey

Publication Date

2014

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Annual Report 2014

About Annual Report 2014

For 24 years, Ecotrust has been working to build a new economy that restores nature and invests in people, and we are only just beginning. There is much to do to inspire people around the world to imagine a more reliable prosperity for people and planet, and we can’t do it without you.

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2014

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Commonplace Magazine

About Commonplace Magazine

Commonplace is focused on the stories of home. Our hope is to create places for connection, for mapping out new understandings of what is common across states, nations, and human nature. A publication of Ecotrust.

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2013

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Natural Capital Fund: 20 Years of Impact Investing

About Natural Capital Fund: 20 Years of Impact Investing

We believe that the wellbeing of people and the planet are inextricably linked. Nurture people and nature, and business thrives. For more than twenty years, we have been putting our money where our mouth is by growing the Natural Capital Fund. As an investment tool and Ecotrust’s working endowment, the Natural Capital Fund is building a new economy from California to Alaska, one that creates jobs and generates profits while improving the lives of everyday people and the natural environments in which they live.

In this publication, we trace the history of the Natural Capital Fund through its most important investments, and we explore some vital lessons for a growing global community of impact investors.

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2013

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Annual Report 2013: Living in an age of change

About Annual Report 2013: Living in an age of change

“Another world is
not only possible,
she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can
hear her breathing.”
—Arundhati Roy

In a rapidly changing world, Ecotrust is about fostering a culture of resilience and innovation. We are constantly seeking radical, practical change in the systems we need to live well, reimagining our societies as collaborative and relational, and striving to build better networks that harness the collective wisdom, innovation and creativity of others.

 

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2013

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Farm to School Showcase Toolkit

About Farm to School Showcase Toolkit

A Farm to School Showcase is designed to highlight producers, processors, and distributors of local foods by creating a designated “Showcase” space for these vendors within a larger school nutrition trade show. We’d like to see a Farm to School Showcase in every state, so we’ve made it easy to host an event by creating this toolkit.

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Stacey Sobell, Katy Pelissier

Publication Date

2013

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2012 Annual Report

About 2012 Annual Report

Food, water, energy, shelter — these are the basic things we need to live well. The systems that provide them are as specific to the places where we live as they are vulnerable to global patterns and pressures. In an age of superstorms, financial meltdowns, and giant pipelines cutting through some of the last, best places on earth, it is clear we need a new operating system for the 21st century.

We believe that approach is found in resilience — the capacity to influence and adapt to change. In everything we do, we work to create systemic responses to systemic challenges. Building this culture begins at home — in the forests and coasts, cities and communities, mountains and rivers of Salmon Nation. It is a culture that operates at multiple scales from the individual to the community to the regional to the global.

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2012

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Resilience & Transformation: A Regional Approach

About Resilience & Transformation: A Regional Approach

In this publication, we explore a culture of resilience, examine current vulnerabilities in our home region along the West Coast of North America, and present stories of how individuals and organizations are changing the nature of social, political, and economic interactions.

Although our focus is on regional scales, our vision is hardly regionally bounded. National and international regimes are stuck in maladaptive traps: entrenched ways of thinking, acting, and organizing. We believe that the innovation that emerges at local and regional scales can lead to large-scale transformation. We start with resilience at home in order to develop institutions that better support personal, social, and natural wellbeing for everyone.

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2012

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Resilient Economies Poster

About Resilient Economies Poster

Award-winning illustrator John Hendrix’s Resilient Economies poster explores the jobs of the future.

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John Hendrix

Publication Date

2011

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The Impact of Seven Cents

About The Impact of Seven Cents

In 2009, as the Oregon Legislature debated whether to allocate state funding to increase schools’ purchasing power for foods grown, processed and manufactured in Oregon, the question at hand was whether an additional investment of just pennies per meal could provide significant economic benefit to the state.

During the 2008-2009 school year, we set out to answer the question: What if schools had an additional $.07 per meal to spend on buying local foods for the lunch line? During this research, we placed particular emphasis on evaluating the economic effects of increased procurement of local foods.

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Stacey Sobell

Publication Date

2011

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Cache: Creating Natural Economies

About Cache: Creating Natural Economies

Spencer Beebe’s Cache is the story of one man’s 40-year career in conservation, exploring traditional models balanced against nature’s models, in the search for reliable prosperity.

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Spencer B. Beebe

Publication Date

2010

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Skeena River: Fish and Their Habitat

About Skeena River: Fish and Their Habitat

This book presents the first thorough review of the salmon stocks and fresh water species of the Skeena River.

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Allen G. Gottesfeld, Ken A. Rabnett

Publication Date

2008

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Ecotrust: Fresh Thinking

About Ecotrust: Fresh Thinking

Fresh thinking, a brochure describing Ecotrust’s work

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Spencer Beebe

Publication Date

2008

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Redefining Stewardship

About Redefining Stewardship

Can the vision of healthy forests and healthy communities bring together traditional adversaries? This publication tells a story of collaboration that moves beyond the tales of the ’90s-era timber wars. We share how four groups across the Pacific Northwest are acting on recent federal stewardship contracting authorities to help manage National Forest lands for watershed and community health. In the process, these innovators are redefining an essential 21st-century value: stewardship.

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Brent Davies, Malka Geffen, Marcus Kauffman, Howard Silverman

Publication Date

2008

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Guide to Local and Seasonal Products

About Guide to Local and Seasonal Products

The Guide to Local and Seasonal Products matches farmers, ranchers, and fishermen with chefs, retailers, institutions, caterers, and other food buyers with an interest in purchasing local products.

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Ecotrust Food & Farms

Publication Date

2007

Edible Portland Magazine

About Edible Portland Magazine

Ecotrust published Edible Portland, a quarterly magazine on local food and farms, for eight years. Our mission was to model an alternative to the industrial food system by telling the stories of those in our community — farmers, ranchers, fishers, food artisans, and others — who are doing things differently.

Ecotrust’s final issue of Edible Portland was Spring 2015. Look for more information about the magazine at edibleportland.com.

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2006

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Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions

About Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions

Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions describes a treasure trove of regional plants and species — some at risk, others recovering. We hope that it can serve as both a reference guide and a historical inventory of species that were once abundant in Salmon Nation.

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Gary Paul Nabhan

Publication Date

2006

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Place Matters

About Place Matters

Place Matters explores how marine geographic information systems (GIS) is contributing to the understanding, management, and conservation of the shores and ocean of the Pacific Northwest, which is becoming a hotbed of marine GIS development and applications as scientists expand the use of this cutting-edge technology to a variety of ocean science, policy, and management issues. With its unique focus on the use of GIS to solve marine conservation problems, Place Matters offers an important new resource for all who study and work to protect the world’s oceans.

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Astrid Scholz, Dawn Wright

Publication Date

2005

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Roots of Prosperity

About Roots of Prosperity

Perceptions of the natural world vary greatly, both among peoples and across historical eras. Some have viewed nature as a gift of the Creator, others as organic machine or living ecosystem. These days, with the economy playing a dominant role in our lives, we might also turn to the language of economics to understand the natural environment.

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Brent Davies, Charley Dewberry, Derek Holmgren, Derek Reiber, Howard Silverman, Edward C. Wolf, Seth Zuckerman

Publication Date

2005

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Atlas of Pacific Salmon

About Atlas of Pacific Salmon

Wild salmon inhabit a vast ecosystem that encompasses the rivers within and the ocean between coastal countries of the Pacific Rim. But within the past century and a half, many populations have declined in abundance and diversity; without the big picture, we haven’t been able to understand or quantify these losses in Pacific salmon populations. Until now.

In Atlas of Pacific Salmon: The First Map-based Status Assessment of Salmon in the North Pacific author Xanthippe Augerot and colleagues use a common yardstick to measure distribution and risk of extinction for Pacific salmon at a consistent scale across the North Pacific. The Atlas, using more than four dozen maps, presents a never-before-seen, pan-Pacific perspective on the status of this genus.

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Xanthippe Augerot, State of the Salmon Consortium

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2004

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Klamath Heartlands

About Klamath Heartlands

Klamath Heartlands introduces the unique-in-the-nation plan by the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon to restore the “remembered forest” of their former reservation, an area that Oregon governor Tom McCall called “the greatest single stand of ponderosa pines to be found anywhere in the West.”

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Edward C. Wolf

Publication Date

2004

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Rebuilt Green

About Rebuilt Green

This is a book about a building: the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center — one building among many in a rapidly changing neighborhood in northwest Portland, Oregon.

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Bettina von Hagen, Erin Kellogg, Eugénie Frerichs

Publication Date

2003

Salmon Nation

About Salmon Nation

Salmon Nation steps back a few paces to put the situation in context. the story begins with the way life with salmon used to be in aboriginal times, explores the sources of the salmon’s present straits, and concludes by surveying the prospects for creating a fresh connection between people and fish, tailored to our times. You’ll meet the people at the frontiers of a new salmon economy, who are devising a livelihood that benefits the fish and themselves.

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Edward C. Wolf, Seth Zuckerman

Publication Date

2003

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A Tale of Two Tomatoes

About A Tale of Two Tomatoes

With Traveling Tom and Local Lucy we will delve into the deep problems that the industrial system is causing. We’ll also see how some family and organic farmers are raising healthier foods locally — a revolution that will benefit all of us.

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Michelle Peterman

Publication Date

2003

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SectionZ, Issue 1, The Hidden Costs of Farmed Salmon

About SectionZ, Issue 1, The Hidden Costs of Farmed Salmon

How can a food be so inexpensive in the supermarket but so costly both to our well-being and to the environment? It’s because the economic groundrules hide the real cost. In the case of farmed salmon, those rules allow raw sewage to pour into coastal waters, and fatal epidemics to spread from wild fish. Meanwhile, the industry dodges the bill, leaving you, me, and our children to pick up the tab.

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Seth Zuckerman, Howard Silverman, Eileen Brady, Melissa Tatge

Publication Date

2003

SectionZ, Issue 2, Clean Energy: Alternatives to the dinosaur

About SectionZ, Issue 2, Clean Energy: Alternatives to the dinosaur

Artificially low prices for oil and other fossil fuels have kept us dependent on dirty energy for decades. But that’s starting to change. Better options are already available or coming to market soon.

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Ed Hunt, Howard Silverman, Seth Zuckerman, Eileen Brady, Melissa Tatge

Publication Date

2003

SectionZ, Issue 3, A Tale of Two Tomatoes

About SectionZ, Issue 3, A Tale of Two Tomatoes

Follow a tale of two tomatoes, Traveling Tom and Local Lucy and see the deep problems that the industrial system is causing. We’ll see how some family and organic farmers are raising healthier foods locally, a revolution that will benefit us all.

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Howard Silverman, Derek Reiber, Seth Zuckerman, Michelle Peterman, Debra Sohm, Jered Lawson, Eileen Brady, Melissa Tatge

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2003

SectionZ, Issue 4, Salmon Nation

About SectionZ, Issue 4, Salmon Nation

Think you know where you stand? Take another look. There’s a new common ground forming right beneath our feet. The foundation of this place, the glue that holds it together, is its salmon. The living is good here for all of us: citizens of Salmon Nation.

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Sam Beebe, Seth Zuckerman, Howard Silverman, Eileen Brady, Melissa Tatge, Wisteria Loeffler

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2003

SectionZ, Issue 5, Let’s Reclaim The Commons

About SectionZ, Issue 5, Let’s Reclaim The Commons

These days our commons are threatened as never before. Some are being run into the ground, and others are being swallowed up as private property. But if we look closely, our commons are still there for us to claim and protect. Now’s the time.

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Howard Silverman, Seth Zuckerman, Ben Donaldson, Craig Jacobson, Eileen Brady, Melissa Tatge

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2003

SectionZ, Issue 6, Lumber You Can Feel Good About

About SectionZ, Issue 6, Lumber You Can Feel Good About

These days, a growing number of landowners have made a commitment to leave the forest standing when they take some trees for timber. They’be been inspected according to the rigorous standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Brent Davies, Seth Zuckerman, Howard Silverman, Ed Hunt, Derek Reiber, Bettina von Hagen, Barry Sims, Kent Goodyear, Melissa Tatge

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2003

North of Caution

About North of Caution

In Canada, as in most “first world” economies, the general population is getting older. The one anomaly is on native reserves, where on average more than half the population is under 25. What this means is that First Nations are undergoing a spirited revival after a century of repression, depression and marginalization.

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Ecotrust Canada

Publication Date

2001

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Inside Passage: A Journey Beyond Borders

About Inside Passage: A Journey Beyond Borders

In Inside Passage, Manning focuses on the hopeful possibility that we can redesign the human enterprise in the Northwest and elsewhere to a scale more appropriate to the nature that holds it, that rather than drawing borders around nature, we might instead start placing limits on human behavior.

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Richard Manning

Publication Date

2001

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Natural Sense

About Natural Sense

In the conservation economy — a society whose economic activity results in environmental and social improvement — distinct channels of economic and community activity combine in creative and unprecedented ways. Slowly and almost imperceptibly, people and places are transformed by a new kind of entrepreneurship.

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Spencer Beebe, Edward C. Wolf

Publication Date

2001

Rain Forests of Home: Profile of a North American Bioregion

About Rain Forests of Home: Profile of a North American Bioregion

Containing over a hundred maps, graphs, tables and photographs, The Rain Forests of Home: Profile of a North American Bioregion presents a diverse portrait of the natural and human forces which have shaped and are still shaping the coastal temperate rain forest.

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Peter K. Schoonmaker, Bettina von Hagen, and Edward C. Wolf

Publication Date

1997

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Rain Forests of Home Atlas

About Rain Forests of Home Atlas

The coastal temperate rain forests of North America occupy a place of central importance in the global future of this forest type. Originally covering some 25 million hectares, the narrow band of coastal forests between Alaska and northern California equaled in area all other stands of coastal temperate rain forest combined. These rain forests have sustained human communities for at least five millennia, longer than western red cedar has dominated the forests themselves.

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Edward C Wolf, Andrew P. Mitchell, Peter K. Schoonmaker

Publication Date

1995

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A Tidewater Place

About A Tidewater Place

The Willapa Bay ecosystem — the estuary and the forested uplands whose fresh waters mix with the tidal surges of the bay — is the most productive coastal ecosystem remaining in the continental United States.

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Edward C. Wolf

Publication Date

1993

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