Posted by|23 April 2014
Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we are passionately committed to protecting both the herbs we use and provide to our customers, and the beautiful wild medicinals found in our forests. But how do we go about this tricky task as individuals and as a community? Educating ourselves about which plant communities (and their eco-systems) are considered sensitive, at-risk, threatened, or endangered is a good first step. Understanding the realities of poaching and the harm caused is another. Only taking what we need from the plant world, finding alternatives that are bountiful or weedy (hello, Dandelion!), and spreading the word to our friends and family about sustainability are all crucial steps.
We can all have “good practices” in mind when selectively harvesting wild herbs, but on a broader scale we need research. Since our inception in 1987, we have relied on organizations like United Plant Savers to help us make informed decisions and help educate our fellow herbalists about what not to pick, what to pick, when to pick it, and how much is sustainable. We work closely with our vendors and wild harvesters in this effort.
This year, we adopted Trillium through United Plant Savers’ At-Risk Healing Herb Program. This is a five year commitment to sponsor one of twenty medicinal herbs found in North America. Trillium is a beauty that greets us in Oregon each spring, and with its history of once being widely sold on the herb market, we wanted to spotlight the risks to our natural splendor and celebrate the efforts to conserve it.
Can you imagine our forests without them?
“United Plant Saver’s role as the recognized voice for our native medicinal plants has never been more important and necessary. By adopting one of the plants that UpS has identified as ‘at-risk’, you are significantly supporting our mission to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.” – Sara Katz, Board President
A copy of our adoption certificate is displayed at United Plant Savers’ Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio as well as our meeting room in our main facility in Eugene, Oregon.
It’s more than just talk. We are dedicated to the sustainability of North America’s medicinal botanicals. You can be too! Please visit United Plant Savers website and adopt an ‘at-risk’ herb today! Find out how to adopt an ‘at-risk’ herb and the benefits of doing so. More information can be found in the brochure here.
United Plant Savers continues to be a resource and inspiration for us!
Posted by|01 April 2014
It is our great pleasure to announce our April Matching Gift Challenge benefiting our dear friends at the McKenzie River Trust! We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000 from April 1st through the 30th. Make your donation go twice as far to protect the special places of Western Oregon!
“Whether you want to admit it or not, wild fish, free flowing rivers, and pristine waters chock full of invertebrates is what defines the character of that curious specimen called the Oregonian. Our cultural heritage would be amiss without the rapture and delight that pure rivers provide and thankfully we have organizations like the McKenzie River Trust to protect this cultural heritage born of water, rock, and fish.” -Shawn Donnille, Co-owner and Vice President of Mountain Rose Herbs
Online: To give your tax deductible donation now, please click here!
Mail: Send a check to the McKenzie River Trust at the address below:
McKenzie River Trust
1245 Pearl Street
Eugene, OR 97401
Donate during the April Matching Gift Challenge and you will become a founding member in support of the Trust. If you donate $100 or more, you’ll receive their new ceramic mug as a “thank you” gift!
Local to Eugene?
Join us at the McKenzie Memories fundraiser, Friday, April 4th from 6 – 8:30pm at Cozmic (199 W. 8th Ave. Eugene, OR) where we will kick off the matching gift challenge.
Posted by|21 January 2014
Mountain Rose Herbs is leading the way to reduce CO2 emissions and flip the switch on global climate change. Our Carpool, Bus, and Bike program was put into place in June 2007 and has been extremely popular among the staff.
Who wouldn’t love a cash incentive to ride their bike to work?
We pay employees who drive a carpool or take the bus to work 12 cents per mile. For those who commute by bike, we compensate them 20 cents per mile. At the end of the year, we offer $750 in bonuses to the individuals who log the most miles. Talk about positive reinforcement! Our main facility is located on a well maintained bike path, making it a lovely ride to and from work. In addition, we provide a covered and locked bike area so employees have a safe spot to stash their ride. Not to mention the health benefits!
In May 2013, we participated in the Business Commute Challenge and 22% of our staff joined in! The week was filled with fun events and raffle drawings. Troy, our Master Recycler on staff, even won the coveted Burley bike trailer! It is much deserved seeing as he’s been riding to work every day for the past 2 years!
We recently got the exciting news that Mountain Rose Herbs has been recognized with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclists!
“Businesses like Mountain Rose Herbs are leading the way to a healthier and more sustainable future,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “While helping boost the economy in their communities, Bicycle Friendly Businesses are also investing in a happier and more productive workforce.”
Learn more about our sustainability initiatives and guiding principles!
Posted by|07 January 2014
What an exciting time for us here at Mountain Rose Herbs! We are the first Eugene area business to be awarded Salmon-Safe certification!
“Salmon and water health are the cornerstones of environmental well-being here in the Pacific Northwest. Any conservation efforts must include rigorous changes in how we live and work at every level.” – Shawn Donnille, Co-owner and Vice-president
Salmon species in the Northwest are not only significant ecologically but culturally and spiritually. They face many challenges due to habitat degradation, over-harvesting, and climate change. We feel it is our responsibility to protect them. Salmon-Safe is a non-profit that works with other conservation organizations to improve land management practices and ensure a future for our scaly friends. They have certified more than 60,000 acres of farm and urban lands in Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia.
Since we relocated to our current facility in 2010, we have dreamed of applying to Salmon-Safe. In July 2013, we took the first step. A team of expert scientists conducted a site assessment and looked at our overall wastewater management practices, water quality, and neighboring riparian corridors.
To gain this third party certification, we underwent a thorough assessment and evaluation. The good news is that we’re on the right track. We conserve water with a satellite controlled irrigation system, maintain a pesticide-free facility, and utilize a bio-swale which naturally filters roof and pavement runoff. And now we have the tools to do even more!
At the end of the day, it’s about being accountable. With the help of Salmon-Safe, we are working to achieve this kind of transparency by gathering the facts, analyzing them, and improving our policies and procedures. Mountain Rose Herbs has taken a firm stance on protecting aquatic life in urban ecosystems and we hope that other businesses, farms, and campuses will join us. Read more about our Sustainability Projects on the website!
Posted by|23 December 2013
It’s our great pleasure to share the 2012 Mountain Rose Herbs Sustainability Report!
This is an important tool that will help us measure and monitor our greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, employee programs, charitable giving, and many other key indicators. Throughout 2013, I worked closely with every department at Mountain Rose Herbs to gather information for our first annual report.
The project wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of an inspiring team of Graduate students from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business including Peter Kaupert, Tzvetan Gatchev, Pam Birkel, Alex Velasco, and Grace Chang. In June, we completed data collection and analysis, and now at long last, we are ready to debut our findings in a beautifully crafted 24 page document…
We invite you to sit back with a cup of your favorite Mountain Rose Herbs’ tea and enjoy the read!
Posted by|16 December 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect and a time to make those year-end contributions to non-profit organizations. This year, Mountain Rose Herbs’ is honoring Oregon Wild with a matching gift of $5000. We will match your individual donation dollar for dollar through December 31, 2013!
Thinking back to this summer, Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored Oregon Wild’s 4th Annual Wolf Rendezvous! Nine adventurers, two Oregon Wild staffers, and other experts in the field, trekked around the northeast corner of Oregon for four days, immersing themselves and learning about the people, plants, predators, and history of the area.
“When we led our first Rendezvous, there were far less than 20 wolves in the entire state and ours was the first trip of its kind. Since then, Oregon has become home to over 50 wolves, the trip has generated positive attention for wolves around the country, and one of our first participants is starting a responsible ecotourism outfit focused on wildlife in Wallowa County. Mountain Rose Herbs has played a big role in supporting that evolution and we appreciate it very much!” – Rob Klavins, Wildlands & Wildlife Advocate for Oregon Wild
2013 Highlights and Accomplishments:
- Legislation to protect 58,000 acres of wilderness and 93 miles of wild and scenic rivers around the Rogue River in Oregon passed the US House and US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- Successfully negotiated a legal settlement with Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, giving Oregon the most progressive wolf conservation plan in the nation.
- Passed Senate Bill 838 in the Oregon legislature to limit noisy and polluting suction dredge mining, protecting key salmon habitat across the state and reducing the number of suction dredge mining permits by two-thirds.
- Led nearly 40 wildflower, mushroom, wildlife viewing, snowshoe, and old-growth hikes to protected and proposed wilderness areas in Oregon, educating over 600 people who signed up!
Please join Oregon Wild and help keep this a special place to live, work, and play by supporting their conservation work.
Posted by|20 November 2013
They like keeping it wild… and so do we! During the month of November, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to Cascadia Wildlands. We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000!
You only have until November 30, 2013, so make that pledge today!
We are extremely proud to support Cascadia Wildlands and the work they do to protect wild salmon, old growth forests, endangered predators, and the natural environment we hold so dear. This year, we are focusing on the pressing issue of wolf recovery and the proposed federal delisting, which would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.
By giving to The Wolf Defense Fund, you are supporting the efforts of Cascadia Wildlands to use legal tools and grassroots efforts to remind the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of their duty to defend an endangered animal hunted to near extinction in the 1920’s. Now, they are threatened once again.
The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, needs to hear from you. The public comment period on delisting the gray wolf has been extended to December 17, 2013. Click the link below and make your voice heard!
“With the federal gray wolf delisting comments closing in mid-December and much work needed to ensure that wolves are properly protected in Oregon, Washington and California, Mountain Rose Herbs’ $5000 matching gift program in support Cascadia Wildlands’ wolf programs is perfectly timed to help us is our efforts to get more wolves in more places in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks Mountain Rose Herbs!” – Bob Ferris, Executive Director, Cascadia Wildlands.
How to Donate:
Please donate online today and help protect this iconic and keystone species.
Donate by mail: Cascadia Wildlands, P.O. Box 10455, Eugene, Oregon 97440
Contact Camille Gullickson with questions, email@example.com, 541.434.1463
In the Eugene, Oregon area? Join us for an enchanting evening at Cascadia Wildlands’ 11th Annual Wonderland Auction, Saturday, December 14, 2013. For more details click here.
Posted by|04 November 2013
Vine Maple and Red Alder leaves crunch underfoot as our team of volunteers make their way down the road. Heads bent, eyes scan back and forth. We’re intent on finding pineapples. No, not the sweet tropical fruit, but the widespread, invasive species, Meadow Knapweed.
This plant produces a deceptively beautiful purple flower which blooms in late summer and fall, leaving behind a pineapple shaped cone perched upon a stalk that grows up 3 ½ feet tall. Meadow Knapweed out-competes native grasses and other plants like wild daisies, lupine, and Oregon Grape.
Three times since 2012, Mountain Rose Herbs’ employees have participated in this kind of “No Spray” project organized by our friends at Beyond Toxics. Many of us have come back year after year and it’s so encouraging to see the native plants retake the area where invasives once thrived.
This year, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers partnered with the GreenLane Sustainable Business Network volunteers and Beyond Toxics to remove Meadow Knapweed and Scotch Broom. The feisty, tenacious, grassroots non-profit organization, Beyond Toxics, has an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to not spray pesticides and herbicides on a 10 mile stretch of highway west of Eugene, Oregon. These types of sprays not only kill weeds but other plant and animal life. To prevent pesticide use that eventually runs off into streams and to protect salmon in the Siuslaw watershed, we must pull the weeds by hand.
The team stopped for lunch at Triangle Lake and had a wonderful time soaking up the sun. These sorts of opportunities make me appreciate Mountain Rose Herbs’ Paid Time for Community Involvement Program. It’s hard work that leaves us sore, but the joy of getting outside and helping groups like Beyond Toxics is well worth it! We removed a total of 25 bags of invasive species, ensuring that at least this stretch of the road will not be sprayed with pesticides which harm our watersheds, wildlife, and communities.
Photos taken by Nichole Hayward, CAWOOD
Posted by|10 September 2013
Our day began in the Mountain Rose parking lot here in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. If there is such a thing as perfect trash picking weather, this was it! Warm breeze, just a few raindrops to cool us off, cloud cover to shield us from the brutal sun and heat. Perfecto! Our team loaded tools, gloves, and trash bags into the Mountain Rose vehicle. Pickers and stickers in hand, we struck out to clean up a local trail.
We recently adopted a section of the bike path that runs parallel to the Amazon Creek canal which empties into the Long Tom River. Many of us use the bike path to get to and from work and we feel it’s our responsibility to help maintain the path and keep trash out of the creek.
As the Director of Sustainability, it’s up to me to organize these volunteer days. It’s probably the most fun and rewarding part of what I do here. The Mountain Rose River Project is a grassroots, employee-led program which completes 6-8 restoration projects each year as part of our Paid Time for Community Involvement Program. Funded entirely by Mountain Rose, we partner with numerous non-profits and governmental agencies. The teams of spunky volunteers tackle projects to restore riparian ecosystems, maintain stream health, and protect wildlife habitat.
So, on that fine drizzly day, we had the opportunity to get out of the office, give back to our community, and have some fun with co-workers. What makes us really proud is that fact that we collected 120 gallons of trash!
Check out our Facebook page for more photos from this fun day!
Posted by|27 August 2013
Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for our commitment to pesticide-free, non-genetically modified, organic plants. As we have grown over the years, we continue to seek out the highest quality organic or wild harvested products for our customers. We are proud to stand behind our principles of transparency, honesty, and organic agriculture. We recognize that we are stewards of the land and it is our responsibility to protect the health of our soils which sustain plant and animal communities.
It is the right of every person to know what they are putting into their bodies. That is why Mountain Rose Herbs supports Washington state’s GMO labeling ballot initiative I-522.
In just two months, Washington voters will decide the fate of GMO labeling which will have an impact on labeling in all 50 states. Polling shows that the majority of voters want common sense labeling passed. 64 countries around the world already require labeling of GM foods.
It’s time for us to get onboard.
Please consider getting involved and stand up to mega-corporations and special interest groups!
Posted by|29 July 2013
At Mountain Rose Herbs, we plant seeds. We like to see them grow, so we water and nurture them. We talk to them and give them lots of love. This is the same philosophy we use to support our non-profit partners. Check out two new organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs will encourage to bud, bloom, and flourish!
The Walama Restoration Project is a grassroots non-profit organization that serves the community by protecting and enhancing riparian areas, forests, and grassland ecosystems. They are a savvy organization that couples education with action as they work to raise awareness and inspire change within the community. Mountain Rose Herbs supports this group through annual financial contributions and by helping to disseminate literature. In addition, we partner with WRP for employee-led volunteer days through the Mountain Rose River Project.
This public interest law firm has a list of accomplishments as high as the mighty Sequoia trees grow and as impressive as the rushing western waters home to our beloved salmon. They use the power of law to defend and protect majestic landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rural farming communities. Mountain Rose Herbs supports WELC with an annual financial contribution. This year, WELC celebrates 20 years of defending the West and we couldn’t be more proud to be involved!
Learn about other inspirational organizations we support!
Posted by|15 July 2013
Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored a victory party for Beyond Toxics’ recent success, Oregon House Bill 3364. Beyond Toxics, a statewide environmental health non-profit based in Lane County, defied the odds to mobilize passage of a bold and effective environmental protections law in the 2013 Oregon Legislature.
In appreciation of their tireless work, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $2500 in the month of July.
Select “Matching Grant” from the dropdown menu
Why are we celebrating?
On June 4th, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law HB 3364, the State Integrated Pest Management Act. The new law, which goes into effect immediately, protects public health from pesticides, including the most vulnerable members of our communities. It safeguards our rivers, state forests and ecosystems. Overall, Oregon will see less pesticide use as well as more accountability and public input regarding state pesticide policy. The law also sets the stage for future improvements to agriculture, forest practices and riparian restorations. Beyond Toxics brought this bill forward and drove it all the way to the final affirmative landslide votes in the House and the Senate.
Reducing the amount of toxic pesticides means keeping thousands of gallons of chemical runoff from contaminating Oregon’s rivers, soils, and air. The passage of HB 3364 is a vital step toward increasing protection that is both a human rights issue and an environmental necessity. It manifests the tenacity, boldness, and vision Oregon’s environmental work is known for.
The new law applies to you while you’re exploring Oregon…
- hiking in Silver Falls State Park
- climbing in Smith Rock State Park
- driving along the picturesque Cascade Lakes State Highway
- picnicking amongst the cherry trees and fountains at the Oregon Capitol State Park
- fishing at Wallowa Lake State Park.
Everyone deserves the right to be safe from chemical trespass. Every single one of us deserves to have our food and drinking water free of carcinogens and hormone disruptors. We recognize mountains of evidence on the insidious harm to health and environmental integrity from pesticides. Beyond Toxics tirelessly works to protect salmon, bees, and the other creatures who cannot speak for themselves – they need non-polluted habitats too.
Donate through the month of July and Mountain Rose Herbs will match you dollar for dollar.