Regions Archives: Willamette Valley

Regional Accelerator Innovation Network (RAIN)

Economic development is a top priority in the South Willamette Valley. The transition from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy has been slow, as emerging technology companies struggle to obtain resources, including funding and the talent required for success. The communities and universities in the South Willamette Valley, led by Corvallis and Eugene, with seed […]

South Santiam Community Forest Corridor

New leadership within the Department of Agriculture, the US Forest Service, and the Willamette National Forest has brought with it new approaches to community engagement and collaboration.  Meg Mitchell was appointed as Superintendent  of the Willamette National Forest in August of 2009 and Cindy Glick was appointed as the Sweet Home District Ranger in March, […]

Oregon Gardens, SPROut

The Oregon Garden Foundation, with help from a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, established a Sustainable Plant Research and Outreach Center (SPROut). SPROut is a partnership between the Oregon Garden Foundation, The Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and a number of other public and private institutions. […]

Reduced Idling Truckstops

In 2003, Governor Theodore Kulongoski launched, with the Governors of California and Washington, the West Coast Global Warming Initiative to address the issue of climate change and ultimately outlining strategies and projects to curb greenhouse emissions.  Reducing long duration idling at truck stops was identified as one effective measure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The […]

Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Resource Center (OSARC)

Changing consumer demand has created both new market opportunities for agricultural producers and evolving requirements for access to major markets. The Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Resource Center (OSARC) was established to draw together the education, information, and technical support needed by Oregon farmers and ranchers wishing to capture those opportunities and meet the requirements. This project […]

City of Milwaukie Riverfront Park

The Riverfront Park Restoration project was a significant component of the City of Milwaukie Downtown Plan. The project focused on helping restore two important Willamette River tributaries: Kellogg Creek and Johnson Creek. Restoration along part of a third tributary, Spring Creek, was also included in the plan with the provision of green space for walking, […]

Cardwell Hill Regional Conservation Planning Strategy

The Cardwell Hill Regional Conservation Planning Strategy was a cooperative, voluntary approach to landscape-scale restoration and management that worked across the ownership boundaries of many participating landowners. It was based in the upper Marys River hills region, which is composed of a network of public and privately-owned parcels in an area of high biodiversity value. […]

Lincoln City Local Food Project

This project proposed to strengthen the Lincoln City Farmers Market by the time the market re-opened in May 2009. It increased the amount of local food production and consumption by connecting producers with food outlets such as grocery stores, restaurants and institutions in Lincoln City. The initiative sought to improve the city’s farmers market and […]

Lane Clean Diesel

The Lane Clean Diesel Project was born out of the need to establish a stable, reasonably-priced supply of ultra-low-sulfur diesel and biodiesel in Lane County. It was sponsored by Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA) through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was designated by Governor Ted Kulongoski as an Oregon Solutions […]

Lane County Food Distribution

The Lane County Food Distribution Project is assisting Lane County schools, colleges, and hospitals in sourcing more food from local farms and distributors. Oregon Solutions brought farmers, distributors, nonprofits and institutions together to increase the market for locally-produced food by overcoming barriers of aggregation, distribution, storage, processing, and building connections through the development of matchmaking […]