Projects Supported by the Fund

Nature Conservancy Netarts Native Oyster Restoration Plan – This project will place Oregon-native oysters in suitable habitats in order to restore a self-sustaining populations.

Every two years, seven new Oregon projects are nominated to be recipients of the Fund – one from each of Oregon’s seven tourism regions. These projects work to enhance natural environments, support communities’ economic vitality and enrich their appeal as a destination – for both the experience of locals and visitors alike.

Funds are collected from participating businesses by the Fund administrator, Sustainable Travel International, a third-party 501(c)3 non-profit organization working with Travel Oregon. The funds are then distributed equally among all seven projects at the start of each calendar year.

Projects chosen touch one or more of the following categories:

  • Accessibility
  • Agritourism: Production of local foods and native food culture, improved access to farmers’ markets and linkage of local farmers to local markets
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Tourism Infrastructure
  • Tourism Product

2014-2015 Project Beneficiaries:

Oregon Coast | The Nature Conservancy
Netarts Native Oyster Restoration Plan
– This project will reintroduce the Oregon-native Olympia oysters in suitable habitats, while creating new self-sustaining populations for both ecological and economic purposes.

Greater Portland |The Human Access Project
Audrey McCall Beach
– Now that the Willamette River has been declared clean and safe for swimming, The Human Access Project will provide a new water-based recreation opportunity in Portland by restoring beach access underneath the Hawthorne Bridge.

Willamette Valley | Camas Country Mill
School House Project
– This project will convert a historic one-room schoolhouse into an interpretive center in the Willamette Valley. The restored site will educate visitors on the seed-to-table process and how locally grown and locally supported agriculture can benefit the community.

Southern Oregon | US Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy
Table Rock Interpretive Plan
– A coalition of local organizations will develop new visitor education programs designed to protect the precious natural and cultural heritage of the iconic Table Rocks, located just outside of Medford.

Central Oregon | Bend Paddle Alliance
Bend Whitewater Park
–This project supports restoration of the Colorado Dam site in downtown Bend to more natural conditions for fish habitat and a whitewater surf channel that will serve as a premier site for whitewater recreation and training.

Mt. Hood / Columbia River Gorge | Hood River Area Trail Stewards
Seven Streams Trail Development
– In an effort to ease user conflicts on the 7 Streams Artery Trail and improve recreation opportunities in Post Canyon just outside of Hood River, this new trail will enhance and preserve premier trail experiences for all users.

Eastern Oregon | The Fossil Educational Foundation
Native Plant Park
– The Foundation is developing a new interpretive area behind the Fossil Elementary School for visitors to experience the unique native  plants and local ecosystems of Oregon’s High Desert.


2012-2013 Project Beneficiaries:

Oregon Coast | Friends of Haystack Rock
The Sustainable Seafood Initiative –  
will increase visitor awareness of their role within the ocean food web, especially as it pertains to the animals and environment of Haystack Rock. The project will empower visitors to make sustainable seafood choices and encourage patronage of local program partners (including restaurants and seafood vendors) who pledge to make sustainable seafood business choices.

Greater Portland |Friends of Trees
The Living Highway Project -
Friends of Trees will plant and maintain over 5,000 trees along I-205 using more than 2,000 volunteers donating 10,000 hours as part of the I-205 Greenspace Initiative. The Initiative partners with ODOT, Metro and numerous businesses, non-profits, neighborhood association and community groups.

Willamette Valley | Willamette Farm & Food Coalition
Promoting Locally Grown Beans and Grains –
Willamette Farm & Food Coalition is working to increase sales to local consumers of beans, grains and edible seeds grown by farms in the southern Willamette Valley. The project will develop promotional display materials for grocery stores,restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other markets that carry local produce, telling the stories of farmers in the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project.

Southern Oregon | Rogue River Greenway Foundation
Building Rogue River Corridor & Greenway –
The Rogue River Greenway Foundation will connect the town of Rogue River to the Valley of the Rogue with a corridor, providing a trail upon which children, families and travelers can recreate. Project activities will include building the trails and installing interpretive signage to share the area’s compelling history and educate its travelers on its abundance of flora and fauna.

Central Oregon | Trout Unlimited Deschutes Chapter
Deschutes Restoration Outreach Program –
Trout Unlimited is working to implement the Deschutes Restoration Outreach Program (DROP), which builds an environmental ethic in Central Oregon to restore and sustain the health of the upper Deschutes basin by increasing volunteer engagement and service in the region. 

Mt. Hood / Columbia River Gorge | Friends of the Columbia River Gorge
The Mosier Plateau Trail-
The traill will be a 1.4-mile non-motorized trail on Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust land providing stunning Gorge vistas as well as direct access to the community of Mosier, Or. 

Eastern Oregon | Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
Wallowa County Agritourism Development –      
The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District will help develop agritourism in Eastern Oregon by providing visitor information, developing new point-of-sale options for  local food products, services and enhancing collaboration.

Sharing Your Story:

Travel Oregon developed the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund Social Media & Marketing Toolkit to help project beneficiaries easily share about the Fund and your involvement in it with the world.


Want more information about Projects Supported by the Fund?

If you have additional questions or comments about Projects Supported by the Fund, please contact the appropriate member of the Travel Oregon staff listed below.

  1. Harry Dalgaard
  2. Nastassja Pace