As Ecotrust turns the page on its 26th year, we want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing work that we’ve been able to accomplish with partners and supporters like you.
Through the years, you’ve helped protect more than one million acres of forestland in the region, create more than 100 Marine Protected Areas up and down the West Coast, and bring local, healthy food to hundreds of thousands of those who need it most. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we’re building more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here at home, and around the world.
This year, we’re particularly proud to share that:
- We’re supporting mid-size farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who supply local institutions like schools, hospitals, and corporate cafeterias through a new Ag of the Middle cohort. Our first cohort of 14 rural producers will roll out this winter.
- The Redd on Salmon Street — a transformative food hub that connects urban food producers with the rural farmers, ranchers, and fishers that supply them — is now fully leased. The space hosts more than 50 mission-aligned tenants working to transform the food system one meal at a time.
- We welcomed Kelly Harrell, most recently of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, as our new director of fisheries. Kelly, based in Anchorage, has deep experience shifting the current industrial fishing model to one that supports small-boat, community-based fisheries in order to deliver more economic, ecological, and social value.
- We’ve collaborated with Oregon tribes, state agencies, and local communities to help ensure an environmentally responsible and equitable solution for the Elliott State Forest, further building our case for climate-smart forestry.
Those are just a few of the many highlights from this year, but you can learn more about what we’ve been up to by digging into our 2017 Progress Report.
With 2017 nearly behind us, there’s plenty to look forward to as we approach 2018, including breaking ground on phase 2 of the Redd, a deeper focus on climate-smart solutions across all our work, and collaborative efforts with partners in Portland around urban green jobs and equity. Stay tuned! And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get updates on our work as we launch into the New Year. As always, thank you for your support and partnership in making this work possible!