Since 1993, the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) has been dedicated to conserving and sustaining America’s vital, productive forest landscapes. Working with forest owners, communities and an array of partners, they advance innovative, incentive-based strategies to safeguard the nation’s diverse forests. In so doing, they are ensuring forests continue to provide people everywhere — from rural communities to urban centers — with a wealth of benefits, including clean water, sustainably harvested wood, green jobs, wildlife habitat and a livable climate.
Pacific Forest Trust has epitomized innovation, daring, and a savvy understanding of market forces to create new economic incentives that reward private forest owners for conserving their lands and practicing sustainable forestry.
PFT is a visionary think-and-do-tank of scientists, conservationists, policy wonks, entrepreneurs, and outdoor enthusiasts that have helped shape forest conservation and climate policy. Working closely with other forest stakeholders, from landowners to agencies to environmental nonprofit partners, they create and advance high-leverage, catalytic strategies that engage the commitment, imagination, and resources of many individuals, businesses, and organizations to make it easier and more rewarding to do good things for the forests—and forest landowners—on which they all depend.
The only conservation organization focused on private forests in California, Oregon, and Washington, they have conserved 250,000 acres of vital forestland regionally. The work has been recognized for its excellence by government agencies, philanthropies, and non-profit organizations.
Pacific Forest Trust grew from the realization that economics shaped the forest landscape. Forests were valued for timber and land development—a reality that led to the unintended consequence of forest loss and depletion.
Pacific Forest Trust saw that by harnessing financial markets, it could promote practices that would result in more abundant forests with healthier ecosystems. They wanted to develop economic incentives that would reward landowners for their conservation and stewardship efforts. They also saw an opportunity to apply groundbreaking new findings in forest ecology to forest management in ways that would benefit both landowners and forests.
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