aerial shot of the deschutes river preserve
The Deschutes River Preserve boasts a diverse landscape including Douglas-fir forests, forested floodplains, upland prairie grasslands, and extensive wetland areas.
Jan 2024

New Land Conservation Partner: Olympia Ecosystems

Soil donated to the nonprofit conservation organization will support restoration along the Deschutes River outside Olympia, Washington

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Olympia Ecosystems, a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to protect and restore the diverse ecosystems in and around Olympia, Washington.

Founded in 2014, OlyEcosystems has conserved over 400 acres within the Olympia and Lower Deschutes River region. Powered by public and private donations and community volunteers, the nonprofit organization protects, preserves, and restores ecologically significant areas.

Soil Donation

Soil donated to Olympia Ecosystems will support restoration and reforestation projects along the Deschutes River. This project protects and expands wildlife habitat, improves ecological function of the floodplain and wetlands, and contributes to a cleaner and healthier Puget Sound.

The Land

The Deschutes River Preserve, located just a few miles south of Olympia in Thurston County, boasts a diverse landscape including Douglas-fir forests, forested floodplains, upland prairie grasslands, and extensive wetland areas. Species that call the preserve home include elk, beaver, juvenile salmonids, a variety of amphibian species, river otter, coyote, black-tailed deer, and a broad range of bird species.

Development along the Lower Deschutes watershed contributes to habitat loss, the spread of invasive species, increased stormwater runoff, and deterioration of water quality, leading to dramatic decreases in Coho salmon and companion species. Protecting and restoring the Deschutes River Preserve reverses the environmental decline while fostering a thriving environment for the people and wildlife who call this region home.

Recompose Land Partner Program Guiding Vision

A mission to connect humanity to the natural world guides our work to offer a death care service rooted in nature. As part of that commitment, we partner with nonprofit organizations to protect and regenerate ecosystems through conservation, rewilding, and other restoration practices. These land partners receive soil donated from Recompose clients to use in projects that benefit the land they steward.

We cultivate partnerships with collaborative organizations recognized as community leaders with excellent reputations. Recompose and our land partners share a common interest in connecting the human experience with the natural environment, and recognize the use of soil from human composting as a way to strengthen this connection. We prioritize partnerships with organizations that demonstrate strong internal systems, effective communication, and a stable team.

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Land Acknowledgement
Recompose acknowledges we make our lives and livelihoods on the lands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Duwamish People. We honor with gratitude the Duwamish People past and present, the land itself, and the Duwamish Tribe. Colonization is an active, persistent process. Indigenous communities continue to be resilient in protecting their ecological and cultural lifeways and deathways despite ongoing oppression. Recompose respects, shares, and supports this commitment to climate healing and environmental justice. Join Recompose in contributing to Real Rent Duwamish.