The Environment


Cascade Forest Conservancy

Grant Amount: $12,000
Project: Young Friends of the Forest program
Year: 2019
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This program brings under-served middle and high school students on exciting stewardship trips in the Cascades. In 2020, we aim to lead 15 field days with 9 schools and community organizations, serving at least 220 students.

On one- or two-day outings, students in our program learn about forest ecology, take part in restoration projects, and collect information that is used for real forest and wildlife management efforts of Cascade Forest Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.



Climate Solutions

Grant Amount: $6,000
Project: Business Partnerships Program
Year: 2009
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Supports efforts to build a strong program to mobilize business leaders in Oregon for a clean-energy future.  The  objective is to build the public will for bold action on climate change and the bright opportunities of a clean economy.   In order to solve the climate challenge, we need business to create new types of fuels, new vehicles, and new types of energy.  Climate Solutions sees business as a key component to meeting their objective.



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Deschutes River Conservancy

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Deschutes Water Planning Initiative
Year: 2013
Location: Bend, OR
About:

The Deschutes Water Planning Initiative is a collaborative process to restore streamflows in the Upper Deschutes River by creating a long-term management plan that reallocates water to the river while meeting agricultural and municipal needs.   The DRC’s goal is to restore 300 cubic feet per second to the reach, meeting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s instream water right and flow target.  Through the collaborative development of water supply options and water management scenarios, the DRC and its partners will negotiate a water management agreement to restore the Upper Deschutes River while meeting needs of existing water users.



Farmers Conservation Alliance

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Advancing Irrigation Modernization in the Deschutes River and tributaries
Year: 2018
Location: Hood River, OR
About:

The proposed activities will help to save billions of gallons of water per year, reduce energy use for 1,349 landowners across 13,704 acres, and restore streamflow to 227 miles of the Deschutes River and its tributaries.  Grant funds will be used for project management, coordination with stakeholders, measurement, evaluation and reporting on the environmental, agricultural, and economic benefits of the large-scale projects Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) is undertaking in the watershed.

 



Heart of America Northwest Research Center

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Protecting the Columbia River and Future Generations from Hanford's Contamination
Year: 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
About:

Supports the public education about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup of High-Level Nuclear Waste tank leaks before they spread to the Columbia River and prevention of the federal Department of Energy using Hanford as a nuclear waste dump site.  This grant is for strictly educational purposes, providing citizen guides and educational workshops and providing resources for news coverage.



Oregon Environmental Council

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Oregon Water Summit 2016
Year: 2015
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This grant will allow a core group of farmers, environmentalists, utilities and state agency officials to convene to identify shared goals for improving water quality and managing water supply, develop a shared understanding of the science, and build relationships for overcoming conflict in preparation for bringing the current situation of serious water resource challenges and strategies to address them to a broader audience of community stakeholders in early 2016.



Oregon Environmental Council

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Rural Partnerships Initiative in the Umatilla River basin
Year: 2018
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This project benefits low-income residents in the Umatilla River basin (Oregon’s “bread basket”) who face serious water contamination, and local economic development efforts that currently lack reliable water resources.

As part of a broader effort to build bridges of understanding and collaboration between urban and rural Oregon around environmental concerns, OEC’s Rural Partnership Initiative is working with local stakeholders to address serious water quality and OEC will be developing a science-based strategy to improve water quality and water supply and related pilot projects in specific locations within the Umatilla basin. The lessons learned in this project will also help improve other state agency programs to restore water quality and supply in at least four other areas that state officials have designated for particular attention due to water quality or water supply issues.

 



Pacific Rivers Council

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Conserving Aquatic Resources on O&C Lands in Western Oregon
Year: 2014
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Informing the public debate regarding the potential negative effects from reductions in river protections, building support for addressing restoration needs and funding, and establishing permanent protection for rivers in our most treasured watersheds.  These efforts serve all Oregonians who either derive their drinking water from many of Oregon’s most iconic watersheds, or who value these rivers for the immeasurable benefits they provide.



Pacific Rivers F19

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Salmon-Safe Timber
Year: 2019
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Funding will support development of the land management standards, a market analysis, and outreach and coordination with tribes, the Forest Stewardship Council and other forest management groups to create a Salmon-Safe Timber Certification program.

Our goal is to expand sustainable forest management practices by creating a green label for wood products that appeal to landowners, builders, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.



The Freshwater Trust

Grant Amount: $6,000
Project: StreamWebs: Promoting Watershed Stewardship through an Innovative and Interactive Student Network
Year: 2009
Location: Portland, OR
About:

StreamWebs is a web-based platform designed to get students outside and engaged in freshwater research and restoration projects, while providing students the tools they need to assume an active role in improving the health of our freshwater ecosystems.

StreamWebs originated in 2008 as a project of The Freshwater Trust, where the program resided until 2011.  To visit their website, go to www.thefreshwatertrust.org.  In 2011, StreamWebs transitioned to Oregon State University Extension Service.



The Freshwater Trust

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Scalable Tools for Freshwater Restoration
Year: 2015
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Funding will enable the exploration of web-based platforms and standardized tools that will support the deployment of recently developed tools, protocols and methodologies that better account for the water quality impacts of land uses, model the restoration potential of improvement projects, prioritize projects with maximal environmental benefit, and monitor long-term results of completed projects.  These scalable tools will help to truly address the needs of our freshwater ecosystems on a timeline that matters by setting accurate and meaningful restoration goals, directing conservation resources to the projects that help us achieve these goals in the best possible way, and monitor and track long-term progress.  Project planning and monitoring activities are historically difficult to fund, as traditional restoration partners prefer to support more tangible, on-the-ground actions.



The Freshwater Trust

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Conserving Streamflow in Eastern Oregon
Year: 2016
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Funding will support 1) Conservation of significant streamflow in eastern Oregon via partnerships with agricultural landowners and 2) Feasibility study to identify new conservation opportunities in the Catherine Creek watershed.



Trailkeepers of Oregon

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Eagle Creek Fire Area Trail Restoration
Year: 2018
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This project will improve up to 25 miles of trail and associated slopes in the Columbia Gorge, aiding restoration and recovery of the impacted ecosystem. It will also engage hundreds of volunteers and reopen trails affected by the Eagle Creek Fire.

Last year the Eagle Creek Fire burned over 48,500 acres and impacted some of the most beautiful and iconic sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While fires are a natural part of many forested ecosystems the impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire will be a difficult challenge into the future due to the steep slopes of the Columbia Gorge.



Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Grant Amount: $30,000
Project: Whychus Creek strategic planning & projects
Year: 2014
Location: Bend, OR
About:

Provides support to develop a Strategic Action Plan for Whychus Creek using the framework developed in collaboration with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  The Strategic Action Plan outlines the integrated restoration activities of the Watershed Council (stream restoration, fish passage, fish screening and education), the Deschutes Land Trust (land conservation) and the Deschutes River Conservancy (streamflow restoration) for the period of 2015-2021.

This effort will build off of the successful partnership work that has occurred in Whychus Creek over the past decade and help guide the future restoration efforts of these partner organizations.



Walla Walla Watershed Foundation

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council Education Outreach Program
Year: 2017
Location: Walla Walla, WA
About:

The program engages 600+ students and 100+ adults each year in a collection of experiential learning activities to improve audience’s understanding of natural resources and systems, to foster restoration and sustainability in the Walla Walla watershed basin.


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