Clients, Partners and Sponsors

The Habitat Institute wants to thank their partners and sponsors.

US Army Corp of Engineers

355px-United_States_Army_Corps_of_Engineers_logo.svg USACE is one of the Habitat Institutes chief clients. As the nation’s environmental engineer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages one of the largest federal environmental missions: restoring degraded ecosystems; constructing sustainable facilities; regulating waterways; and managing natural resources.

 Involvement: Corps is a Client and Sponsored CHAP in their Corp Planning Center of Expertise (PCX) Model Review, See past projects here

US Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS_logo National Biological Information Infrastructure

USGS conducts ecosystem science and develops models for restoration and adaptive management, and provides a platform for research on wildlife and their habitats. The USGS is focused on judgements based on science: adaptive management and structured decision making, ecosystem services, and resilience/sustainability. Additionally, the USGS monitors the nation’s living resources and their habitats.

Involvement: Past Sponsor of IBIS and Metadata Development

US Department of the Interior (DOI)

 2000px-US-DeptOfTheInterior-Seal.svg The Department of Interior has been entrusted with a wide range of responsibilities; all duties are in one way or another having to do with the internal development of the nation or the welfare of its people. Specifically, partners of the Department of the Interior with the Habitat Institute are the divisions for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

blm_no-bkgrd The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages more than 245 million acres of public lands – all supporting a diversity of fish, wildlife and plants, including threatened, endangered and “at risk” species. In fact, the BLM manages more wildlife and plant habitat than any other federal or state agency in the country.

Involvement: Client – Habitat Mapping & Special Habitats

US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

2000px-US-FishAndWildlifeService-Logo.svg U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is the agency in which enforces Endangered Species Act of 1973. In an effort to conserve ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species rely, the FWS provides regulations and programs for conservation. Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act provide for partnerships with non-federal parties to conserve the ecosystems upon which listed species depend, ultimately contributing to their recovery.

Involvement: Past Co-Client & Partner – San Francisco Bay South Shoreline Project & Oregon Department of Transportation Bridge Replacement Program – Conservation Banking

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  EPA’s mission is “to protect human health and the environment.” EPA, along with other federal and state agencies, collectively bears responsibilities for ensuring that ecological systems are conserved. In particular, the EPA collaborates with the Habitat Institute working to sustain and restore natural freshwater resources/habitats. Freshwater habitats are comprised of flowing streams and rivers and standing waters such as lakes, ponds and wetlands. The EPA views complex biological systems and conduct ecological research assessment projects dealing with developing ways to more efficiently evaluate the health of water bodies. Function research looks at what water bodies do for us, such as providing drinking water or habitat for fish, and how to protect those functions. Together, these water research projects help protect the nation’s wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes.

Involvement: Past Client of VEMA – Vegetation Management Software

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 NOAA-Transparent-Logo  NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor working to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. They are rooted in protecting life and conserving and protecting natural resources. NOAA’s dedicated to scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

Involvement: Past Partners on Oregon Bridge Replacement Project

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

 ODFW-logo Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s mission is to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Involvement: Past Client on Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Settlement

National Fish and Wildlife Foundations

  NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Their projects – more than 14,000 since establishment – are rigorously evaluated and awarded to some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations, as well as some of the smallest. They neither advocate nor litigate. Instead, NFWF focuses on bringing all parties to the table, getting results, and building a better future for our world. Financial commitments to their conservation mission since their founding now top $2.9 billion.

Involvement: Past Sponsor – White Oak and Ponderosa Pine Mapping in the Willamette Valley

Northwest Power Planning Council

 NWCouncil-logo The Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council are the most wide-ranging fish and wildlife mitigation, and restoration effort in the world. Since 1982, the Council’s program has directed the investment of more than $3 billion of electricity revenues to improve fish passage at hydropower dams, acquire and improve fish and wildlife habitat, boost fish production using hatcheries, monitor and evaluate the success of these efforts, and improve scientific knowledge through research.

Involvement: Past Client – Subbasin Planning Development & Technical Support

US Forest Service

2000px-ForestServiceLogoOfficial.svg US. Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. In partnership with the Habitat Institute, scientists study fish, wildlife and their habitats in order to inform land management and address existing and emerging threats, such as climate change and habitat fragmentation. With emphases on restoration and conservation of wildlife habitats and connectivity across large landscapes; effective management of terrestrial wildlife and their habitats under future climate scenarios; development of innovative protocols for inventory and monitoring of wildlife populations and habitats; and strategies to meet growing demands for water, energy, and other forest‐ and grassland-based commodities while ensuring the sustainability and diversity of wildlife and fish.

Involvement: Past Co-Client - White Oak and Ponderosa Pine Mapping in the Willamette Valley

US Department of Agriculture

2000px-US-DeptOfAgriculture-Seal2.svg Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, helping both the environment and agricultural operations. NRCS is a program within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) focused on environmental conservation for farm and ranch lands. USDA recognizes that conservation by farmers, ranchers and forest owners today means thriving and sustainable agriculture for our future. Seventy percent of the nation’s land is privately owned, and conservation of our nation’s private lands not only results in healthy soil, water, air, plants, animals and ecosystems, but also provides productive and sustainable working lands.

Involvement: Past Client – Wetland Restoration

Virginia Tech

virginia_tech_logo Conservation Management Institute

Conservation Management Institute (CMI) partners in the management of natural resources with the Habitat Institute. They engage resource management agencies and organizations to understand their objectives and constraints in order to produce quality solutions through hard work and the application of sound science. CMI is an institution within the College of Natural Resources and Environment of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.

Involvement: Past Partners – Collaboration & Computer Support for over 12 years

Ducks Unlimited

  Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs are focused on science and research for a strong biological foundation. Currently, they are working on hundreds of studies to address the habitat needs of waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited is embracing an approach of constant monitoring and evaluation which allows for continual refinement of its habitat programs. Although a great deal of work has been done and many important questions answered, there is still much to learn about how the birds respond to landscape, habitat and environmental changes.

Involvement: Past Client – wetland projects

Oregon Forestry Resource Institute

Oregon’s forests are vast — and so too are the issues and challenges that impact their continued health and productivity. In 1991, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) to enhance collaboration among forest scientists, public agencies, community organizations, conservation groups and forest landowners; to provide objective information about responsible forest management; and to encourage environmentally sound forest practices through training and other educational programs.

Involvement: Past Partners – Books for Landowners and Outdoor School Children

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Applied science plays an integral role in shaping resource-management decisions at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Scientists in each of the department’s resource programs – Fish, Wildlife and Habitat – draw from published research, monitoring data, field studies and other sources to provide a solid, scientific foundation for management policies adopted by the department.

Involvement: Partner – Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington book

Global Owl Project

  The Global Owl Project (GLOW) is a long-term, worldwide project to advance foundational aspects of science and conservation for the world’s owls. Work under GLOW’s project includes developing scientifically-robust surveys and monitoring techniques for owls, analyzing the molecular systematics and evolutionary history of owls, refining maps of species distribution, and conducting global owl diversity analyses. GLOW also acquires recordings of owl vocalizations to assist in species identification, and compiles descriptions, photographs, and owl fossils for publication and distribution to national and international biodiversity programs

Involvement: Current Partner – supporting global owl activities

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

  The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live.

Involvement: Past Sponsor – wetland restoration projects


British Columbia

british-columbia_logo The British Columbia Public Service is divided into ministries. Each ministry is responsible for a specific area of public policy, government function or service delivery. Ministries may be reorganized and renamed from time to time by the current government. Particular ministries in partnership with the Habitat Institute are the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch and the Land Based Investment divisions of public service. The Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch is committed to establishing legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use. The Land Based Investment division owns a distinct vote within the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and is managed by the ministry’s Resource Practices Branch. The Land Based Investment Strategy (LBIS) guides ongoing resource investments and short-term targeted investments in British Columbia’s natural resources to realize environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

Ministry of Forest and Range

Ministry of Environment

Involvement: Past Partners: Wildlife-Habitat mapping and species range map development

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

  Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is working to put fish back in the Columbia River basin. The scientists at CRITFC are constantly working on new research to further our understanding of salmon and their habitat. CRITFC provides our four member tribes and the region with invaluable biological research, fisheries management, hydrology, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon. The vision of this goal is to reverse the decline of salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon and rebuild their numbers to full productivity.

Involvement: Past Client – Converting Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment model to GIS

The Nature Conservancy

  From coral reefs to deserts, The Nature Conservancy is working to protect lands and waters that plants and animals depend on for survival. Focused on these sensitive ecosystems, the Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Involvement: Past Client – Land Acquisition

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land is dedicated to saving land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. Their duty is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space creates an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play.

Involvement: Past Client – Land Acquisition

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

  The mission of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde staff is dedicated on improving the life quality of the Tribal people by providing opportunities and services that build and embrace a community rich in healthy families and capable people with strong cultural values. Through collective decision making, meaningful partnerships and responsible stewardship of natural and economic resources, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde plan and provide for a sustainable economic foundation for future generations.

Involvement: Past Client – Land Acquisition


ESRI_logo ESRI is doing important work. Their company’s technology enables organizations like the Habitat Institute to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems. The company’s early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions. Esri has helped the Habitat Institute in leveraging their technology and expertise which inspires and enables positive impact for the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world. Esri has connected the Institute with the analytic knowledge needed to make critical decisions that have helped shape our nonprofit. At Esri, they believe geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future.

Involvement: Current Sponsor – GIS Licensing and Training

The Wildlife Society Oregon Chapter

ORTWS_logo The Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society (ORTWS) is an affiliated state chapter of The Wildlife Society. The Chapter has a long-standing tradition of supporting wildlife students and professionals in the state of Oregon, and strives to provide members, landowners, decision makers, and the public with up to date science-based information. ORTWS is promoting informed conservation and management of wildlife resources in Oregon by serving and representing wildlife professionals. The Chapter’s goals include providing information on wildlife issues to aid public discussion of natural resource management in Oregon, and to promote the application of sound science in resource management decisions.

Involvement: Past Sponsor for educational books

The Carpenter Foundation

 Carpenter_Foundation _logo The Carpenter Foundation is a private family foundation governed by a Board which includes family members and public trustees with a wide range of experience and interests. Trustees make policy, grant and financial management decisions. The purpose of the Carpenter Foundation is to add opportunity, choice, inclusiveness, enrichment, and a climate for change for those living in the Rogue Valley of Medford, OR. The Foundation works in partnership with other agencies, organizations and public entities.

Involvement: Past Client – wetland restoration


techsoup TechSoup’s mission is to build a dynamic bridge that enables civil society organizations and change makers around the world to gain effective access to the resources they need to design and implement technology solutions for a more equitable planet. TechSoup is a nonprofit network that provides technology and other resources to the voluntary sector. is a website serving nonprofits that provides training webinars, community forums and other resources about the use of technology in nonprofit organizations and public libraries.

Involvement: Current sponsor – software

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett_Packard_Enterprise_logo.svg Hewlett Packard Enterprise is focused on helping customers use technology to reduce the time it takes to turn ideas into value. In turn, they direct their efforts to transform industries, markets and lives. Some of their customers run traditional IT environments, but most are transitioning to a secure, cloud-enabled, mobile-friendly infrastructure. Many rely on a combination of both. Wherever they are in that journey, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides the technology and solutions to help them succeed.

Involvement: Current Partner – Computer equipment