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:

  • Environmental Stewardship: Habitat and watershed restoration, removal of invasive species, organization of cleanups and protection of green space
  • Food and Culture: Production of local foods and native food culture, improved access to farmers’ markets and linkage of local farmers to local markets
  • Sense of Place: Storytelling through interpretation, preservation of historic structures and restoration of cultural assets and youth engagement
  • Infrastructure and Community Livability: Construction of new bike routes and trails, improved recycling and creation of better environments for community gatherings
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction: Energy conservation and renewable energy projects

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.

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