History

1983

Founded as Oregon Trout, the first wild fish conservation group in the Pacific Northwest.

1991

Led coalition that filed to list several Pacific salmon under the Endangered Species Act.

1993

Founded Oregon Water Trust, the nation’s first water trust.

1996

Created the region’s first outdoor educational program to connect students with wild fish, a program that continues today as Salmon Watch.

1998

Led the effort to designate lottery dollars to habitat restoration, the largest conservation fund of its kind.

2000

Created the Pacific Northwest’s first fish refuge on the Donner und Blitzen River, afoot Steens Mountain.

2003

Internationally recognized for implementing the first of its kind large mainstem river remeander in Oregon’s Klamath River Basin.

2006

Planted 100,000 trees along the Deschutes River.

2007

Launched effort to build the StreamBank® web platform to increase the pace and scale of restoration projects.

2009

Merged Oregon Trout and Oregon Water Trust into The Freshwater Trust.

2009

Led corporate and educational effort to pass No Oregon Child Left Inside Act, effectively making environmental literacy a graduating requirement.

2011

U.S. patent for StreamBank® issued.

Secured $1 million dollar grant from the USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program.

Signed 20-year contract with the City of Medford to restore 10-15 miles of streams in the Rogue River Basin – launching the nation’s most accountable water quality trading model.

2013

Awarded U.S. Water Prize for innovation.

2014

Received State Land Board Award for basin-scale habitat work in the Sandy River Basin.

Opened office in Boise, Idaho and launched “freshwater Talk” podcast, which explores the intersection of finance, politics, technology and the environment.

2015

Island Press published President Joe Whitworth’s first book “Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy“.

2016

Opened office in Sacramento, California.