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The documents on this page are intended to provide interested parties easy access to information on the background and ongoing development of the Ecosystem Credit Accounting system developed through the Counting on the Environment project.

Ecosystem Credit Accounting System Brochure

General Crediting Protocol. The rules on how to buy and sell credits, how actions taken on the land translate into credits, and how credits are verified, registered, and sold are described in Version 1.0 of the General Crediting Protocol.

Beyond Compliance: Transforming the Way we Manage, Regulate, Restore and Sustain Ecosystems through Counting on the Environment.  This document chronicles the development of the Counting on the Environment project in the Willamette Basin - initial ideas and technical foundation through 2007.  Many background and technical documents are linked within.

Willamette Partnership Amplification Project. This is a final report to The Nature Conservancy for funds received through the Northwest Wildlife Conservation Iniative granted by the Doris Duke Charitable Fund.


Ecosystem Credit Accounting Questions and Background.  This is a general questions and answers document that helps with the basics of ecosystem service markets; what they are, what services are provided, what the benefits are, who is involved and where you can find more information.

Why do we Need a Market in the Willamette?  This is a one page document describing why the Partnership was formed,  the role it wants to play in restoring the ecological health of the Willamette Basin and its new approaches to that restoration.

How does an Ecosystem Credit Accounting  work? (with Questions).  This document describes some of the players in an ecosystem market, the types of credits that can be traded and the next steps needed to meet the goals of a healthy and sustainable ecosystem and thriving economy.  


EPA Targeted Watershed Grant

Developing the Ecosystem Credit Accounting system. This report documents work completed since April 2006 under a Targeted Watershed Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  If you only have a little time, we suggest you read the lessons learned sections in sections 3-7 and sections 9 and 10.


Selections from the Archives

A Centralized Exchange Platform for Trading in an Ecosystem Credit Accounting system .  This document was intended to describe the infrastructure needed to support transactions in an ecosystem services market.

Understanding Supply and Demand for Environmental Off-set Credits.  This document describes the demand drivers for ecosystem service mitigation and off-set credits in the Willamette Basin.  It was completed in December 2006 to document that there was in fact a need for an ecosystem services market.

Integrity, Stewardship, and Innovation.  This document was prepared for the Oregon Governor's office economic development staff.  It is intended to describe the current state of ecosystem markets and the opportunity Oregon has to be a leader in their development.

Willamette Partnership Description and Activities Packet.  This document was created for the Oregon Natural Resources cabinet in April 2006.  It provides an overview of the ecosystem credit market concept and how it relates to natural resource agencies in Oregon.

Stakeholder Discussion Synthesis - February 2005 - Restoring River Health.  This document reflects the optimism and inspiration of stakeholders interviewed throughout 2004 as the initial concepts for an ecosystem credit accounting system were just emerging.


Beginning the Policy Discussion

Methods for Defining Temperature Off-Set Credits.  This document was used to begin discussions with regulatory agencies about defining what would create a temperature credit.

Policy Playbook for an Integrated Ecosystem Services Market. This document is the result of hard work by attendees of two policy work sessions, one in January, one in May, which explored how we can best bring such an integrated ecosystem services market to fruition. We considered current state policies and practices, and identified specific strategies for moving away from a command-and-control system based on regulatory prescriptions to a more flexible outcomes-based approach allowing for innovation and problem-solving.


Conservation and Restoration in the Willamette

Linking Cold-Water Refuges into a Biologically Effective Network in the Southern Willamette River Floodplain: Outlining key locations and knowledge gaps.  This document was prepared by David Hulse and Stan Gregory to help develop credit measurement and performance standards for floodplain restoration in the Willamette Basin.

Ecosystem Restoration in the Long Tom River Basin for Water Quality Improvement in the Willamette River:  Preliminary Findings.  This document contains the City of Eugene’s preliminary findings in a study of project types and priority areas for ecosystem restoration, shading and temperature reduction along the Long Tom River Basin.

"Restoring a River of Life". The Willamette Restoration Strategy provides a restoration strategy and restoration vision and framework for the entire Willamette Basin. This report was prepared by the Willamette Restoration Initiative in February 2001.  "Restoring a River of life Overview".  This summary is the 40 page overview of the Willamette Restoration Strategy.

"Willamette Subbasin Plan".   The Willamette Subbasin Plan was prepared for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council May 28, 2004 by the Willamette Restoration Initiative.  This plan’s overall objective is to increase fish & wildlife population trajectories.  The plan identifies more than 35 strategies needed to meet its objectives.

Practitioner's Working Group White Paper.  This paper by Heather Hosterman, working with The Nature Conservancy, describes several options for increasing the quality of ecosystem credits.


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