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American Forest Foundation

The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, teachers, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation's forest heritage. AFF co-sponsors the annual national Ecosystem Markets Conference which convenes the world’s top leaders to discuss the state of ecosystem markets and to tackle the tough issues facing these markets in order to determine how to drive them forward.

Bay Bank Pinchot Institute for Conservation

Bay Bank is the Chesapeake’s conservation marketplace, linking landowners with resources to improve and protect the region’s natural resources and working lands. Bay Bank combines the best available tools to enable easy access to local, regional, and national ecosystem markets and conservation programs.

Managed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Bay Bank is beginning landowner pilot projects in 2010 in Maryland and Delaware and will expand to the rest of the Chesapeake states and continue to add functionality.

Biophilia Foundation

The Biophilia Foundation believes that only private landowners’ efforts to restore and protect natural resources, especially wildlife habitat, will recover the living resources of the degraded lands and watersheds of our country. While economically sound working lands are essential to our well being, so is the health and proper function of the natural systems upon which our economy and our existence is based.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Bonneville Environmental Foundation is one of the most trusted nonprofit providers of market-based solutions designed to help businesses and organizations balance their energy, carbon and water footprints.

Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.

Climate Trust

The Climate Trust is a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions for governments, utilities, and large businesses. The Trust provides carbon credits, customized voluntary climate programs, and climate consulting services, and applies this market experience to the development of sound climate policy.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Sara, when Defenders finishes the website redesign we’ll get a better link. Can’t link to anything that’s going to change.

Earth Economics

Earth Economics is an independent, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to researching and applying the economic solutions of tomorrow, today. Since 1998, Earth Economics has been providing robust, science-based, ecologically sound economic analysis, policy recommendations and tools to positively transform regional, national and international economics, and asset accounting systems. Working with leading ecologists, economists and modelers, we serve a wide circle of government agencies, policy makers, non-profits, businesses, and multi-lateral organizations with research, reports, presentations, workshops and investigations. Our goal is to help communities shift away from the failed economic policies of the past, towards an approach that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

Ecosystem Marketplace

The Ecosystem Marketplace, a project of Forest Trends, is a leading source of news, data, and analytics on markets and payments for ecosystem services (such as water quality, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity). We believe that by making accessible information on policy, finance, regulation, science, business, and other market-relevant factors, markets for ecosystem services will one day become a fundamental part of our economic system, helping give value to environmental services that, for too long, have been taken for granted.

Ecosystem Commons: Gathering Place for a Community on Ecosystem Services

The Ecosystem Commons is a web site that provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to share information and views about ecosystem services and markets. It is hosted by the Oregon Institute for Natural Resources, and supported by several federal agencies and other sponsors. The site contains a soapbox forum, groups on specific topics relevant to ecosystem services, announcements, reports, and other material. Anyone can join and participate in the Commons (except for a few restricted discussion groups) by providing an e-mail address and selecting a password.


Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being. Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children's health, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund is catalyzing broad coalitions of state and federal agencies, non-profits partners, landowners and the private sector to support the development and implementation of environmental markets that help increase the extent of healthy and resilient ecosystems and improve the delivery of environmental services such as such as clean water, flood control, and climate stabilization. EDF is working to provide the right incentives to farmers, ranchers and forest managers, all of whom have a pivotal role to play in achieving many of the nation’s conservation goals, including improving water quality and preserving wildlife.

Freshwater Trust

The Freshwater Trust is an action-oriented not-for-profit that restores rivers and streams throughout Oregon. We use cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities – from working with landowners to keep more water in our streams to streamlining restoring processes to achieve greater pace and scale to improving aquatic habitat using a localized approach.

Pacific Forest Trust

Recognized as a national leader in sustainable forestry and conservation, the Pacific Forest Trust has conserved over 50,000 acres of forestland in California, Oregon and Washington, including 40,000 acres conserved with working forest conservation easements.

Resources for the Future

Resources for the Future has an extensive research agenda that supports three goals:
  • Design and Deliver Policy-Relevant Ecological Analysis: We act as a bridge between ecologists, economists, and policymakers to design and deliver action-oriented analysis to help decisionmakers identify the most important conservation and natural resource investments.
  • Measure and Communicate the Social Implications of Ecological Change: We develop data, tools, and studies to measure environmental wealth, and use that knowledge to help leaders improve policy.
  • Help Institutions Manage Ecological Wealth: We help develop and analyze innovative policies and institutions to preserve nature.

The Natural Capital Project

People all over the world rely on functioning ecosystems to live healthy and productive lives. One effective strategy to protect our environment and human well-being is to focus conservation on the protection of ecosystem services. The Natural Capital Project works to develop and provide practical ecosystem services concepts and tools, apply these tools in select areas around the world in order to demonstrate the impact of ecosystem service approaches in policy and decision outcomes, and engage and educate influential leaders and practitioners to advance change in policy and practice. The Natural Capital Project is an innovative partnership among Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, University of Minnesota, and World Wildlife Fund aimed at aligning economic forces with conservation. Its vision is a world in which people and institutions recognize natural systems as capital assets, appreciate the vital roles they play in supporting human well-being and incorporate the intrinsic and economic values of natural capital into decision making.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In Oregon, they partnered in the creation of the state’s first conservation bank.

Willamette Partnership

The Willamette Partnership is a coalition of diverse leaders working to shift the way people value, manage, and regulate our environment. In 2009, Willamette Partnership secured a multi-agency agreement to test and implement an ecosystem credit accounting system that includes a package of metrics to calculate multiple ecosystem services from the same action and a standard credit issuance process that works across agency boundaries. This process, called Counting on the Environment, was designed as a model to be implemented in other watersheds that would eventually link emerging markets throughout the Northwest.

World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Programmatic goals include climate protection, markets & enterprise, and people & ecosystems.

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The Other Firm

The Other Firm, LLC applies a wide array of open source development tools to deliver results-driven, user-centric online solutions. We are particularly adept at working with innovative organizations to create new systems in a collaborative manner.

Wildlife Habitat Council

The Wildlife Habitat Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands.

Wildlands, Inc.

Wildlands, Inc. establishes and manages wetlands and wildlife habitat through mitigation banking and public and private restoration projects.

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Government Agencies


Clean Water Services

Clean Water Services is a water resources management utility committed to protecting water resources in the Tualatin River Watershed. Nearly 520,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams through innovative wastewater and stormwater services, flood management projects, water quality and stream enhancement projects, and habitat protection.


Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitat. The Service recognizes the role that environmental markets can play in conservation and serves both to provide technical support and facilitate cooperation among conservation groups. The agency is involved in ecosystem service markets through its traditional conservation banking program and is continuing to leverage conservation through emerging environmental markets, most notably in the Pacific Northwest.

U.S. Forest Service

U.S.D.A. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Regional Office provide technical support to the marketplace and facilitate communication and cooperation with other federal agencies. These Forest Service partners are working together to apply ecosystem service concepts to management of public lands using an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach based on collaboration with stakeholders and articulation of the broad suite of goods and services provided by forests (see General Technical Report for more information). The agency also advances the development of markets and payments for ecosystem services to support the conservation of privately owned forests. This includes consultation on metric design and testing, in addition to cooperation with other federal, state, local and non-governmental organizations, as well as private landowners, to take an "all-lands" approach to forest management, restoration and conservation.

U.S. Geological Survey

The quantification and valuation of ecosystem services processes, flows, and outputs, is an integral part of the work of the Science and Decisions Center at the United States Geological Survey. The Center establishes guidelines for incorporating adaptive management and valuation of ecosystem services into structured decision making for managing and conserving natural resources on both public and private lands. The Center supports research on the value of ecosystem services and scientific information in resource management. The Center also presents seminars on emerging issues in ecosystem services research and valuation.

U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service

U.S.D.A. Office of Environmental Markets

The Office of Environmental Markets supports the development of emerging markets for carbon sequestration, water quality, wetlands, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. Environmental markets have the potential to become a new economic driver for rural America, supporting a bold, creative future for America's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

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Educational Institutions

National Ecosystem Services Partnership

National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) is a program of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. NESP engages both public and private individuals and organizations to enhance collaboration within the ecosystem services community and to strengthen coordination of policy and market implementation and research at the national level.

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University helps decision makers create timely, effective, and economically practical solutions to the world's critical environmental challenges in the areas of climate, energy, water, oceans and coasts, and ecosystem services.

Oregon Institute for Natural Resources

The Institute for Natural Resources is part of the Oregon University System. It provides policy relevant information to stakeholders, including agencies, legislators and the public. The Institute houses Oregon’s Natural Heritage Program and has hosted many discussion groups and published policy research regarding ecosystem services.

Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Portland State University administers the Cascadia Ecosystem Services Partnership, which has the charge to provide strategic assistance for integrating projects, facilitating robust communication and supporting the emergence of a shared direction for ecosystem services work in the Cascadia region, especially Oregon and Washington. This effort coordinates closely with PSU’s recently awarded Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship grant from the National Science Foundation supporting ecosystem services for rapidly urbanizing regions.

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