Faith Community Fund

About The Faith Community Fund

The Faith Community Fund was created in 2017 to support the values of people of faith in the greater Eugene-Springfield area for the stewardship of creation through partnerships with local organizations. This fund, and a similar one at the Long Tom Watershed Council, will support activities and materials for planting, plant establishment (maintenance of plantings), and plant conservation in the McKenzie River Trust’s service area and provide much needed local match funding for MRT’s conservation work in western Oregon. Trees, shrubs, and other plants, have the ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. Planting and maintaining trees can help your carbon footprint.*

Calculators and Calculations

There are many ways to calculate carbon impacts depending upon your assumptions and what you value. The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and others have calculators that may help determine your carbon footprint. Additionally, many estimates exist on the amount of carbon that an individual tree can absorb. The exact amount of carbon absorbed and sequestered varies based on plant species, age, and several other factors, but it can be up to 48 pounds of carbon per year, reaching a ton over 40 years. MRT plants a diverse variety of native tree and shrub species. The average cost of the planting and establishment of a tree or shrub is approximately $4 per plant.

Example Donations

Cross-Country Flight

Several airlines’ and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s estimates for carbon emissions from round trip air travel between Portland, OR and New York, NY, range from 1,159 to 1,955 pounds of carbon. Given these estimates and calculations, a traveler might choose to plant 3-5 trees, or donate $12-20 to the Faith Community Fund to address the carbon impacts from such a cross-country trip.

Annual Carbon Offset

If you calculated your carbon footprint to be 43 tons of carbon released per year, you may wish to plant 43-53 trees, or donate $172-212 to the Faith Community Fund for your annual carbon contributions.

*This local grassroots program is not regulated by, nor participating in the international Verified Carbon Standard program.

McKenzie River Trust Plants A Lot!

McKenzie River Trust has planted over 300,000 native trees and shrubs on Green Island since restoration began in 2005. Just imagine how your donation can help expand these planting efforts!

Help Us Plant More

Starting in the winter 2017-2018, MRT will embark upon the next ambitious phase of floodplain forest restoration by planting over 263,000 more trees and shrubs on Green Island. Please help us now with this important effort — and others like it — by contributing to the Faith Community Fund.