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Mountain Rose Herbs Partners with Friends of Trees


Last month we got our hands dirty outside the Mountain Rose Herbs’ facility in Eugene! We planted 19 native tree species including Valley Ponderosa Pine, White Alder, and California Black Oak around the retention pond which filters 100% of stormwater runoff on site. As the trees take root and canopies grow, they serve to sequester carbon, expand the riparian area, create habitat for numerous species, and provide shade for employees relaxing or eating lunch outside.


Mountain Rose Staff Planting Native Trees at West Eugene Facility


A crew of Mountain Rose folks from customer service, herb production, shipping, and members of the company’s GreenTeam came out to lend a hand and soak up some unusual February sun! This is one of 6 restoration projects we have planned this year through the Mountain Rose River Project. Employees get 3 days of paid time for volunteering not just on river projects but with any non-profit organization or state agency they choose. It’s one way that we encourage folks to give back to our community. 


Mountain Rose Herbs Friends of Trees Schematic Planting Sketch


We completed this project as part of our Salmon-Safe certification. Salmon-Safe has to do with responsible landscape management and protecting the habitat of this iconic, keystone species.  

We couldn’t have done the planting without our partners: Friends of Trees, the Long Tom Watershed Council, and our Oregon Tilth accredited organic landscaper, Holde Fink of Native and Urban Gardens. Thank you!

Stay tuned for more about employee volunteer projects and the installation of our very own rain garden!


Mountain Rose Herbs Partnership with Friends of Trees

Topics: Sustainability


Written by Alyssa on March 18, 2015

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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