“Quantified conservation” is an approach that allows us to ensure our actions are translating to outcomes. We still count the number of trees we planted alongside a river, but then we take it a step further and use technology to identify how much solar energy will be blocked by those trees, keeping the water cool, or how much runoff is absorbed by the trees, keeping the water clean. We employ tools that tell us how and where a conservation project will have the largest overall benefit for a watershed.
Quantifying the outcomes of conservation also allows us to integrate the economy with the environment. It turns conservation into a sound investment opportunity, allowing investors to target river projects with the greatest impact and grant funders to purchase actual outcomes.
We don’t buy into the notion that more is better. For us, better is better, and we track how every action we take is making a difference for our freshwater resources, our wildlife and our communities.
Ensuring a future with clean, healthy rivers requires understanding the outcomes of our actions and staying adamant about achieving results.
Our annual Uplift Report summarizes the powerful outcomes of our projects. What’s included is the result of diligent monitoring, the development of new systems for efficient data collection, and the deployment of tools and methods that ensure our work is strategic, effective, and results in measurable “uplift.”
See our impact by exploring the interactive display of all our uplift data.
Where We Work
Dive deeper into our areas of focus.
The rugged Rogue River is one of the longest rivers in Oregon and one of the original eight Wild & Scenic Rivers. After a decade of focused effort, TFT has catalyzed more than $25 million of new conservation investment into the Rogue basin, supporting dozens of jobs and bolstering economic activity in the region.
In Oregon’s shady Sandy River basin, native populations of salmon and steelhead were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1998. Now, with documented fish response, the work completed to-date in the Sandy has become a roadmap for successful basin-scale restoration that can be replicated in watersheds across the West.
The mighty Snake River flows through Hells Canyon, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America, on the border of Oregon and Idaho. Long-term programs are underway to rehabilitate hundreds of miles of riparian vegetation, reshape the river to better fit its current hydrograph, and reduce sediment and nutrient loading from upgraded irrigation infrastructure.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins extend nearly 500 miles across northern and central California. TFT has put an integrated strategy in motion to replenish groundwater and enhance streamflows in the basins.
Modernizing irrigation would make a massive impact on water quality and quantity not only in the Crooked but for the greater Deschutes basin. TFT has been working with partners to use analytics to inform how to make the biggest difference for instream flow, water quality, and ultimately, agricultural resilience.
The Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission and The Freshwater Trust have partnered to restore streamside forests along the McKenzie River and its tributaries.
The iconic Colorado River brings life to seven U.S. states and parts of Mexico. With the growing frequency of drought conditions, efforts to optimize the use of limited water supplies are required.