One of America’s largest and most successful landscape conservation programs, Tree for All takes a community-based, systems approach to building watershed resiliency. Since 2005, Tree for All partners have restored more than 140 river and tributary miles in Oregon's Tualatin River Watershed.
We recognize the need to create a healthy and resilient environment for humans and wildlife. Our approach responds to the challenges of urbanization, climate change, agricultural vibrancy, and ecological diversity. Tree for All has proven capable of acting on a scale that ensures a healthy watershed now and for future generations.
Across the Tualatin Watershed, the impacts of more than 700 projects are impossible to miss. More than 14 million trees and shrubs have been planted, more than 30,000 acres restored.
Floodplains are functioning as nature intended, providing vital storage for rivers and creeks in severe weather, protecting cities and development downstream. Fish, birds and wildlife can, more and more, move around the landscape much as they did centuries ago. And perhaps most exciting for the future: a generation is growing up with hands-on stewardship experience.
In order to create resilient, thriving landscapes, we have to act on an unprecedented scale. Transformative partnerships make it possible. Core activities vary, but all Tree for All projects include a restoration component—and none are executed by one organization, working in isolation.
According to an extensive 2017 report by Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, “Restoration would have taken much longer to accomplish without partnerships or would have covered much smaller areas. In some instances, without partnerships, it is likely that restoration would not have occurred at all.”
“Out of the gate, we invested our time working on those relationships,” explains Bruce Roll of Clean Water Services, a keystone Tree for All partner. “It’s what evolved out of collaboration that brought Tree for All to where it is today.”