"The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope." - Wendell Berry

Non Profit Organization Resources


Resources First Foundation

Resources First Foundation is an entrepreneurial 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000. Since its beginning, RFF has built web-based tools and resources designed specifically for the multi-faceted needs of private landowners, land & energy conservation professionals and business to advance their goals and objectives.  We serve as the U.S. Foundation for Wilderness Wildlife Trust.

Resources First Foundation Critical Habitat Management Portal

The Center For Conservation Incentives

The CCI was established to help landowners and their partners practice voluntary environmental stewardship as they continue normal business operations on their farmlands, ranchlands and forestlands. CCI works to expand and improve existing incentive-based programs and to develop new incentives. The Center pursues a mix of:

  • place-based conservation projects,
  • policy development pertaining to conservation incentives,
  • and partnerships with landowners and other organizations pursuing similar goals.

Because over 70% of land in the lower 48 states is privately owned, the decisions that American landowners make on their land will have the greatest impact on wildlife and water quality.

Given the right incentives, private landowners can play a pivotal role in achieving many of the nation’s conservation goals, including

  • restoring degraded habitats
  • recovering rare species
  • improving the quality of water in our rivers and streams

The Center for Conservation Incentives is partnering with private landowners and state and federal government agencies to help expand and target government incentive programs and to help landowners access them to serve their conservation needs.

CCI has played a key role in the development and implementation of the Safe Harbor program for endangered species, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs and many other conservation incentive programs.

The Western Native Trout Initiative

Recognizing the geographic scale of, and limited financial resources and human capital available to address the challenges facing 21 and western native trout and char species and sub-species, the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) was formed in July 2006 to provide a new perspective and impetus to improve the return on investment of the time, money and manpower dedicated to native trout conservation. The mission of WNTI is to serve as a key catalyst for the implementation of conservation or management actions, through partnerships and cooperative efforts that result in improved species status, improved aquatic habitats, and improved recreational opportunities for native trout anglers.


WNTI is a Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) supported effort to develop collaborative approaches to doing things more efficiently through dedicated efforts and secured increases in aquatic and fisheries habitat funding. WNTI is reaching out to traditional and new partners such as the Western Landowners Alliance to accomplish our Mission and expand the efforts to protect, conserve and enhance the status of western native trout.


Solutions & Actions

In collaboration with project partners, the following are specific solutions and strategies WNTI either fund directly, or seek other funding at the local level to help improve the status of western native trout.

Currently Used

  • Restoration (bank stabilization, riparian fencing, planting, addressing hydrological issues)
  • Reconnecting fragmented habitat by removing barriers to fish passage
  • Constructing barriers to protect genetically important populations
  • Population assessments to help guide future management and restoration
  • In-Stream Flows
  • Ecosystem services assessment
  • Providing information on multiple federal and state aquatic habitat project funding sources and opportunities


The Initiative has partnered with 12 western states, 5 federal fishery management agencies, and multiple public and private entities in a planning and project implementation effort that funds on-the-ground data collection and habitat improvement projects to conserve and enhance native trout populations. Since 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed over $4.4 million toward the protection and recovery of 21 western native trout species. By supporting community-driven initiatives and local partnerships, we’ve helped to complete 82 on-the-ground projects that removed 47 barriers to fish passage and restored or enhanced over 466 stream miles.

Lincoln Land Institute


Sustainable Northwest

Sustainable Northwest works with communities, landowners and policy makers to find innovative solutions to critical natural resource challenges. They offer Forest Stewardship Council certification and sponsor Rural Voices for Conservation, among other programs. They also offer resources of interest to landowners, including a catalog of ecosystem services markets at the following link: http://www.sustainablenorthwest.org/uploads/resources/FS11_Resource_examples.pdf.



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"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."
― Theodore Roosevelt