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Land Use & Preservation

These conservation groups promote the sensible use and sustainability of our land.

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Making sure that we have enough farmland to feed Americans for the future, enough natural spaces for recreation, enough contiguous forested land for species migration, enough rain forest for scientific study and climate control, enough city parks to balance the hectic urban life are all issues to which the following groups are committed.

1000 Friends of Oregon -- Working with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas. Learn more...
American Farmland Trust -- We're stopping the loss of American’s farmland to sprawling development. We work with communities on smarter growth that includes local family farms and we advocate environmentally healthy farming practices. Learn more...
Beyond Toxics -- Beyond Toxics works to guarantee environmental protections and health for all communities and residents. We expose root causes of toxic pollution and help communities find effective, lasting solutions. Learn more...
Columbia Land Trust -- Columbia Land Trust conserves and cares for vital lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region. We focus our work from the John Day River east of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, reaching about 50 miles from the Columbia into both Oregon and Washington. Learn more...
Conservation Fund -- Preserving America’s outdoor heritage of wetlands, wildlife habitat, greenways, and open space. 96% of funds go directly to mission; more than 3.4 million acres protected since 1985. Learn more...
Environmental and Energy Study Institute -- Developing and promoting innovative policies on climate change, clean air, transportation, renewable energy/efficiency technologies, and sprawl; promoting policymaker action through education, advocacy, and coalition-building. Learn more...
Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics -- FSEEE holds the Forest Service accountable for responsible land stewardship. We work to protect your national forests, wildlife habitat, wilderness, and rivers by reforming the U.S. Forest Service through advocacy, education, and whistleblower protection. Learn more...
Friends of the Columbia Gorge -- Ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come. Learn more...
Friends of the Earth -- Striving to preserve our natural resources, advocating for public health protection, and working for environmental justice for all peoples throughout the world. Learn more...
Greenbelt Land Trust -- The Greenbelt Land Trust acts to conserve and protect in perpetuity native habitats, working lands and lands of natural beauty, which provide a connection to the natural world for residents of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Learn more...
Institute for Applied Ecology -- The mission of the Institute for Applied Ecology is to conserve native ecosystems through restoration, research and education. Learn more...
Land Trust Alliance -- Helping people protect undeveloped land such as forests, farms, open spaces, waters, natural and historic areas in their community; leading, training, and educating 1,600 land conservation groups. Learn more...
McKenzie River Trust -- The McKenzie River Trust protects and cares for special lands and the rivers that flow through them in western Oregon. We are committed to a future in which intact, functioning ecosystems provide clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and productive natural landscapes throughout western Oregon. Learn more...
Nature Conservancy in Oregon -- The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 500,000 acres of important habitats in Oregon. Learn more...
Oregon Natural Desert Association -- Working to protect, defend, restore Oregon's high desert for over 25 years Learn more...
Oregon State Parks Foundation -- Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon state parks. We work to enrich the park experience for generations to come. Learn more...
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy -- Converting thousands of miles of unused railroad corridors into public trails for walking, bicycling, hiking, skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, wildlife habitats, and nature appreciation. Learn more...
Rainforest Alliance -- Protecting the environment and rainforest for people, plants and animals. Since 1987, has improved lives of 65,000+ farm workers and conserved 30,000,000+ acres in 60+ countries. Learn more...
Rocky Mountain Institute -- Delivering practical information that helps citizens, businesses, and governments save energy and natural resources, prevent pollution, and strengthen communities through increased efficiency and innovative technologies. Learn more...
Scenic America -- Scenic America is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's communities and countryside. We accomplish this mission through national advocacy efforts and technical assistance services, local and national projects, and the support of our state affiliates. Learn more...
Trust For Public Land -- The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Learn more...
Tualatin Riverkeepers -- Tualatin Riverkeepers empowers people in our community to protect, restore and enjoy the river, streams and wetlands. Tualatin Riverkeepers builds watershed stewardship through public education, access to nature, citizen involvement and advocacy. Learn more...
Wetlands Conservancy -- Protecting and conserving Oregon’s wetlands; training, educating, and providing assistance to landowners, groups and businesses to increase conservation of wetlands. Learn more...
World Wildlife Fund -- Protecting endangered wildlife and their threatened habitats by providing emergency assistance and long-term support to parks, nature preserves, and anti-poaching activities on five continents. Learn more...
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