Why does Quantified Conservation matter?
We believe if it’s worth doing, it’s worth measuring. When we take a meticulous approach to restoration, the result is a more comprehensive and accurate assessment of the benefits of those actions.
So we’ve built all of our projects around a Quantified Conservation approach. Quantified Conservation is about ensuring every restoration action taken translates to a positive outcome for the environment. It’s about methodically tracking the ways in which our restoration actions will improve water quality and quantity.
By quantifying the benefits of our projects, we can measure baseline ecosystem conditions, model the water quality benefit associated with the restored conditions, and monitor environmental gain over time. This approach will allow us to better target investments in nature and fix more rivers faster.
Dive deeper into the ways our tools are used for individual projects.
Cedar Creek is located northeast of Springfield in Lane County, Oregon and flows into the McKenzie River. While home to sensitive species, including spring Chinook, native trout, Western pond turtles and American beaver, the water quality of the basin has been negatively impacted by farming and gravel extraction.
Neil Creek is located in the Rogue River basin of southern Oregon. It supports some of the most productive fishery habitat in the Bear Creek watershed. While home to threatened coho salmon and other wildlife, the creek’s riparian area was choked with invasive weeds. Livestock from a nearby ranch also had access to the stream year-round.
Rock Creek is located in Central Oregon's Upper John Day Basin. Hot, dry summers and irrigation withdrawals have led to excessively high water temperatures during summer months.
The Salmon River, a tributary of the Sandy River, flows off the southwestern face of Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Range. The river provides crucial spawning and rearing refuge for endangered Chinook, coho and steelhead.