What We Can Accomplish When We Work Together

Tree for All is a community-based, systems approach to building watershed resiliency.

Since 2005, Tree for All partners have restored more than 110 river miles in Oregon's Tualatin River Watershed.

We recognize the need to create a healthy and resilient environment for humans and wildlife. Our approach responds to the challenges of urbanization, climate change, agricultural vibrancy, and ecological diversity. Tree for All has proven capable of acting on a scale that ensures a healthy watershed now and for future generations.  


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Cost savings. Increased productivity. More effective site management and stewardship.

Innovation is improving landscape restoration efforts throughout Oregon’s Tualatin Valleyand saving ratepayers money in the process.

For a very low-cost, high return for the ratepayer, things like Tree for All can be replicated elsewhere.
— Scott Fogarty; Executive Director, Friends of Trees
 

Eleven Keys to Landscape Conservation 

Business Innovation
The field of landscape conservation continues to evolve, refined by adaptive management and our ability to continually learn and iterate. Innovation is crucial to reduce administrative costs and leverage our resources toward impactful landscape-scale strategies.  

Catalyzing a Collective Impact
Weaving diverse strategies and funding mechanisms together, we create focused, on-the-ground actions across broad landscapes (e.g. riparian/upland landscapes or aquatic/terrestrial).

Common Community Vision
Nature and humans can thrive together. Our natural resources provide countless benefits to the citizens of the Tualatin River Watershed, including clean water and air, healthy soils for farming and habitat for wildlife.
   
Common Language
Speaking a common language helps us break down the silos inherent in government and lay the foundation for a productive community dialogue. Our story is best told by the members of the community we serve: how our work improves their lives and supports their values.   

Community Values
Success depends on the ability to welcome and support the diverse values of project partners. We support vibrant urban, agricultural, and wildlife communities. 

Co-investment
Investment comes from many different sources and meets multiple objectives. Many resources are needed, from multiple partners, to successfully execute large-scale landscape restoration. 

Good Business
Investment in our natural resources must add value to our rural and urban communities by meeting multiple economic and ecological objectives. We target efforts that provide the best return on investment and ensure the long-term resilience of our riparian corridors.   

The Long Haul
Landscape conservation requires that we think long-term about our investment and stewardship. We are putting actions in place that address both our community’s immediate needs and the interests of future generations. We think in terms of fifty- and even sixty-year planning cycles.      

Mother Nature
It's amazing how quickly wildlife returns when Mother Nature is given the opportunity to succeed. If we help to restore native vegetation, Mother Nature is very capable of doing the rest. Once we provide clean water and food for beavers, for example, we see the cascading effect: more native wildlife returns and thrives. 

Partnerships
We form strategic, resilient partnerships to enhance the benefits that natural resources provide to the community. Working together we each gain strength. As we face challenges, decision-making remains transparent; individual roles and the value each partner brings becomes self-evident.   

Watershed Approach
Tree for All partners, and the communities we serve, live on farms, in suburbs, and in cities. Acting as a whole watershed helps us cross the boundaries of urban and rural communities and allows us to work together toward our common goals. 

If others want to replicate the program, they need to understand that you have to get community buy-in to be successful. Tree For All is a collaborative effort that takes many jurisdictions. Folks from the public sectors, schools and others, they all have to buy into it.
— Andy Duyck, Washington County Commission Chair
 

Tualatin River Farm: A Distribution Hub

In just one planting season (2014-15), Tree for All partners planted more than two million native trees and shrubs. Key to the efficiency of our efforts is Tualatin River Farm, a working farm that doubles as a centralized distribution hub.

Learn more about Tualatin River Farm here. 

 

Questions? Get in Touch.

For more information about Tree for All, email us at info@jointreeforall.org.