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721 Nw 9th Avenue No 200 Portland OR 97209 USA


To foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems.


Natural capital holdings (nch) is the holding company for ecotrust's for-profit activities, which include businesses created by ecotrust, as well as investments in other vehicles. Nch invests in key industries, businesses, & projects that hold the promise of creating more resilient communities, economies, & ecosystems. Assets include the jean vollum natural capital center, inc. , a historic warehouse in northwest portland that has been redeveloped for occupancy by the organization, its affiliates, & a combination of retail & commercial office tenants with conservation-based missions. Nch is a powerful financial instrument that supports the development of an ecologically restorative, socially just, & economically vibrant society in the northwest bioregion. The secondary objective of nch is to provide organizational & program support for ecotrust.

knowledge systems: knowledge systems initiatives focus on the complex interactions between social, economic, & ecological systems. Knowledge systems delivers decision tools, analyses, & maps that support more resilient communities, economies, & ecosystems. Ecotrust's approach is designed to help partners & clients visualize the ecosystem in a social & economic context, create a participatory approach to incorporating stakeholder knowledge, & implement management decisions at appropriate scales.

forests and ecosystem services: the goal of ecotrust's forests & ecosystem services program is to transform the dominant forest management paradigm to one that more closely mimics natural forest processes, while providing society with significant & measurable benefits. The purpose of our work is to build enduring social, economic, & environmental value for our region, as an example for how other regions of the world can similarly build value. Ecotrust accomplishes this by showing that our forests can store more carbon, provide high quality habitat for native fish & wildlife, offer recreational & economic development opportunities, & produce clean & abundant water, all while supporting a more robust & reliable forest products industry.

food and farms: ecotrust's food & farms program is working to build a robust regional food system that is environmentally sound, socially just, & economically viable. Ecotrust sees a world of possibilities for flourishing farms, vibrant communities, & healthy eaters. Ecotrust works to improve public understanding of agriculture & the challenges it faces, increase the market share of locally grown, processed, & manufactured foods, & share the abundance of our region with eaters from all walks of life. Fisheries: ecotrust's fisheries program invests in networks & local organizations that actively pursue innovation in the stewardship of fisheries, marine ecosystems, & watersheds. Ecotrust works to strengthen the conservation of regional marine & freshwater ecosystems, recognize & improve community stewardship, support the livelihoods of fishermen, grow collaborative businesses, create financing mechanisms for community-based fisheries, & evolve fisheries management policies. Indigenous leadership: since 1991, ecotrust has been working with tribes & first nations from alaska to california. Ecotrust is supporting a growing network of leaders, increasing education opportunities for native youth, & brokering resources for repatriation & improved management of traditional lands. Ecotrust actively works to promote leadership that & economic development by native communities & reservations across the region. This leadership's deep responsibility to community & homeland vitality is essential for our region's long-term sense of place in the growing global economy.

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