Ecotrust Forests

EFM is a subsidiary of Ecotrust, a regional organization that has been leading restoration-based economic development since 1991, working to create more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. Ecotrust's many innovations include cofounding an environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic, and environmental decision making.


Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) was formed as a for-profit subsidiary of Ecotrust in 2004 to manage forestlands for financial, ecological, and social returns. We are an investment management and advisory services company located in Portland, Oregon. We practice ecological forestry, focusing on improving forest health and productivity while producing high-quality logs, ecosystem services such as carbon offsets, and jobs for local people. Under this type of forestry, healthy long-term returns occur in tandem with forest health and productivity enhancement and the creation of opportunities for local people. For us, people, place, and profit are not mutually exclusive — they are inherently intertwined.

Our team has a wealth of experience with environmental innovation and capital investments that create economic, ecological, and social returns. We put this experience to work managing forest investment funds that own over 70,000 acres of forestland in the Washington, Oregon, and California. Beyond fund management, we offer our services as third-party land managers, and advisors on such topics as ecological forest management, forest carbon project development, and accessing and structuring New Markets Tax Credit financing.

We focus on the temperate rainforests of North America, which stretch from Northern California to Alaska and are some of the most productive and carbon-rich forests in the world. With an eye on creating long-term value, we seek to demonstrate the advantages of forest management that keeps environmental stewardship, community enrichment, and profit in mind. We hope to act as a catalyst and partner in improving management practices in the region and beyond.

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