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*Institute for Applied Ecology

The mission of the Institute for Applied Ecology is to conserve native ecosystems through restoration, research and education.
563 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
Phone: (541) 753-3099 | Fax: (541) 753-3098 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
$100 will buy 125 native plants for students to plant at an adopted restoration site through the Ecological Education Program, places like the Jackson-Frazier Wetland in Benton County.
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
IAE is dedicated to providing opportunities for workplace employees, and their families and friends to become actively involved in our volunteer, education and outreach programs. Our website and e-newsletter provide an easy way to sign up as a volunteer and receive information about volunteer and educational opportunities throughout the year. IAE volunteers are the heart and soul of our conservation and restoration efforts, as they work to revitalize and preserve injured ecosystems. Volunteers work with us on a number of projects, including planting native and endangered plants and shrubs, plant propagation, seed cleaning, data recording and entry, mentoring students, chaperoning field trips, and rare plant monitoring. Examples of volunteer projects include: 1. Planting endangered and native plants and shrubs, like golden paintbrush, rushes, and dogwood. 2. Counting and measuring endangered plants in restoration plots. 3. Laboratory analysis of plant roots. 4. Overnight, multi-day working trip to monitor wild and introduced populations of threatened species in southwestern Oregon. 5. Watering threatened plants for a climate change experiment. 6. Participating in RESTORE (Restoration-Education, Science Training and Outreach for Regional Educators) Day. 7. Working with students on habitat restoration on school grounds and at wildlife refuges.

Our natural landscape faces challenges that require innovative, community-based solutions.  Habitat loss, invasive species, climate change, and other factors put much of our biological heritage at risk.  Established in 1999, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) fills a unique niche among non-profit environmental organizations because of its combined focus on restoration, research and outreach.  Located in Corvallis, Oregon, we work with a diverse group of partners including other nonprofits to accomplish our mission: to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education.

Our programs

Thanks to a dedicated staff and board, IAE has become a leading organization in this region developing and implementing cutting-edge techniques for habitat restoration, conducting large scale habitat restorations and reintroductions of threatened and endangered plant species, and initiating educational opportunities and distributing materials for school-aged children in the fields of ecology and habitat conservation.  Our integrated programs focus on our mission:

Habitat Restoration: Conducts on-the-ground restoration, with a current focus on threatened wetland and upland prairies, oak savannas, coastal grasslands and estuaries.  Habitat restoration is underway at over a dozen large-scale sites to benefit native plant communities, adjacent aquatic environments, at-risk birds, and recover endangered plant, butterfly and native pollinator populations.

Conservation Research: Works throughout the Pacific Northwest to enhance the restoration and conservation of native habitats and species. This program conducts rigorous research and communicates results to land managers and the public.  Projects range from short-term experiments to decade-long studies, and include high school and college age interns as well as community volunteers.

Ecological Education:  Reaches K-12 students, teachers, and community members to engage in place-based stewardship education through school programs, teacher workshops, and volunteer opportunities.  These projects are experiential, hands-on, and inspire inquiry and action.

Native Seed Network: Promotes the use of native seed in habitat restoration and supports developing a market for seed producers locally and nationwide.  The Native Seed Network operates primarily through its website (, which hosts a vendor database, ecoregional species lists, and profiles of plant materials.

Sustainability in Prisons Project: IAE is a leading partner of the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), working to bring science and nature education opportunities into prisons.  We work closely with Department of Corrections, Bureau of Land Management, and other partners to provide unique and meaningful activities to incarcerated men and women with the goal of helping our natural environment.

Estuary Technical Group: Provides scientific decision support and on-the-ground resource management for estuarine restoration and conservation, with a focus on estuarine wetlands.  The goal of the Estuary Technical Group is to restore estuarine habitats, improve estuarine restoration results, and advance the understanding of estuarine ecosystems through cost-effective application of the best available science.

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