Publications

Featured publications

Verification in Markets for Water Quality and Habitat (2014)

This report provides context for how verification in environmental markets work, and guidelines for building a robust verification system that balances, accountability, trust, and cost.


Building a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to Better Support Water Quality Trading (2014)

If trading is a possibility in a watershed, a TMDL can help inform the science, policy, and overall goals for a trading program. This report provides information on how to incorporate trading into a TMDL.


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Discussion Note: Trends in Hospital Charity Care (2014)

This study provides a quick snapshot into a trend where hospitals are likely to play a growing role in community health programs in the near future, and how nature and access to nature should be part of that conversation.


 Joint Regional Recommendations (2014)

Developed through a series of interagency workshops convened by Willamette Partnership and The Freshwater Trust, the Draft Joint Regional Recommendations document offers a comprehensive set of recommended practices for each state to consider when developing a water quality trading program.


General-Crediting-Protocol-2-thumbGeneral Crediting Protocol 2.0 (2013) 

This document describes the rules on how to buy and sell credits for Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System. It describes how actions taken on the land translate into credits, and how credits are verified, registered, and sold under the General Crediting Protocol.


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Annual Report (2012-2013)

The Partnership is charging forward with its strategy of demonstrating successful approaches to conservation, linking those successes across diverse geographies and ecosystems, and beginning to stitch together a vision of the steps needed to expand the pace, scope, and effectiveness of conservation. This report outlines accomplishments and finances from the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


In It Together: A How-To Reference for Building Point-Nonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs (2012)

In-it-Together-Part-1-thumbPart One: an overview and current status of point-nonpoint water quality trading programs in the United States.

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Part Two: a reference for building and operating water quality trading programs, particularly for new or emerging programs.
In-it-Together-Part-3-thumbPart Three: provides case study write-ups for water quality trading programs in North Carolina, the Pacific Northwest, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Opportunities-for-Action_2012-thumbOpportunities for Action provides a set of recommendations for the next iteration of point-nonpoint water quality trading programs in the United States.

All publications

General-Crediting-Protocol-2-thumbGeneral Crediting Protocol 2.0 

This document describes the rules on how to buy and sell credits for Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System. It describes how actions taken on the land translate into credits, and how credits are verified, registered, and sold under the General Crediting Protocol.


Verification-Protocol-V-2-thumbVerification Protocol Version 2.0 (2014)

The Verification Protocol is used in Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System to review and confirm actions are eligible, accurately quantified, and implemented to generate ecosystem credits.


General Crediting Protocol Version 1.1 (2009) 

This is a past version of the Protocol used to guide generating and selling credits for Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System.


Verification-Protocol-V-I-thumbVerification Protocol Version 1.1 (2009) 

This is a past version of the Verification Protocol used to review and confirm crediting-generating actions under Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System.


Transportation-Ecosystem-Crediting-Strategy-Guide-thumbThe Transportation Ecosystem Crediting Strategy Guide (2014) 

The guide helps state Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations build ecosystem crediting strategies. This document provides a consistent, programmatic approach to measuring, tracking, approving, and acquiring multiple kinds of ecosystem credits for transportation projects.


Prairie-Habitat-Assessment-Methodology-thumbThurston County Prairie Habitat Assessment Methodology (2014) 

The prairie habitat assessment methodology enables credible, transparent, and efficient land use decisions that align with the recovery goals for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, streaked horned lark, Mazama pocket gopher, and South Puget Sound prairie habitat.


KTAP-thumbKlamath Tracking and Accounting Program Protocol Version 1.0 (2014) 

The KTAP Operational Protocol references specific tools, forms, and online resources that are used to quantify ecosystem benefits, document assumptions and report results. It was built for application in the Klamath River Basin.


Measuring-Up-thumbMeasuring Up (2011) 

This document, prepared for the US Department of Agriculture, describes how to build a measurement system to use in biodiversity markets and other incentive programs.


Counting on the Environment – Joint Statement (2009)

In 2009, state, federal, and local agencies and other stakeholders came together to form a shared approach to crediting across multiple ecosystems. This Joint Statement affirmed an interest in testing and using the Ecosystem Credit Accounting System.


PNW-Joint-Regional-Recommendations-thumbJoint Regional Recommendations

Developed through a series of interagency workshops convened by Willamette Partnership and The Freshwater Trust, the Draft Joint Regional Recommendations document offers a comprehensive set of recommended practices for each state to consider when developing a water quality trading program.


Joint Regional Recommendations Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the the Draft Joint Regional Recommendations document.


Joint Statement

The Joint Statement is a statement from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington water quality agencies and the Willamette Partnership and The Freshwater Trust to test the Regional Recommendation on water quality trading.


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US EPA Letter of Support

A letter from EPA Region 10 supporting the states’ efforts to test the Regional Recommendations on water quality trading.


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Annual Report (2012-2013)

The Partnership is charging forward with its strategy of demonstrating successful approaches to conservation, linking those successes across diverse geographies and ecosystems, and beginning to stitch together a vision of the steps needed to expand the pace, scope, and effectiveness of conservation. This report outlines accomplishments and finances from the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


Linking-Farm-Plans-to-Ecosystem-Markets-thumbLinking Farm Plans to Ecosystem Markets (2011)

This document discusses how the Farm Planning process used for Farm Bill programs can be used to help producers access ecosystem markets as well as other incentive programs.


Developing-the-Ecosystem-Credit-Accounting-System-thumbDeveloping the Ecosystem Credit Accounting system (2008)

This report documents the original market-based work done by the Partnership for thermal credit trades in the Willamette Basin.  If you only have a little time, we suggest you read the lessons learned sections in sections 3-7 and sections 9 and 10.


Policy-Playbook-for-an-Integrated-Ecos-Services-Market-thumbPolicy Playbook for an Integrated Ecosystem Services Market (2008)

This document catalogued policy recommendations, generated by two workshops of stakeholders, to support ecosystem markets in in Oregon.


Linking-Cold-thumbLinking Cold-Water Refuges into a Biologically Effective Network in the Southern Willamette River Floodplain: Outlining key locations and knowledge gaps (2007)

This document was prepared by David Hulse and Stan Gregory to guide restoration priorities and performance standards for floodplain restoration in the Willamette Basin.


Restoring-a-River-of-Life-thumbRestoring a River of Life (2001)

This document is a Willamette Restoration Strategy with a restoration vision and framework for the entire Willamette Basin. Many of the recommendations in this Strategy are still very relevant.


Willamette-Subbasin-Plan-thumbWillamette Sub-basin Plan (2004)

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.


Willamette-Valley-Synthesis-MapWillamette Valley Synthesis Map (2009)

Generated by The Nature Conservancy, the Synthesis Map merges several sets of Willamette conservation priorities to create a joint map of locations important for conservation in the Willamette Valley.


Practioners-Working-Group-White-Paper-thumbPractitioners’ Working Group White Paper (2009)

This paper by Heather Hosterman, working with The Nature Conservancy, offered several early concepts for managing risk and increasing quality in ecosystem markets.