IAE was founded in 1999 in Corvallis, Oregon.  Since then, it has grown from a full time staff of one with three seasonal botanists to a diverse and active staff with expertise in habitat management, research and experimental design, restoration, education, and planning.  Our internship program, in partnership with the Native Plant Society of Oregon, has expanded to include over five participants a year, with a total alumni in excess of thirty.

We have been awarded both the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association Natural Resource Section 2007 Environmental Organization Award to the Institute (for the Applied Ecology RARE partnership) and the 2004 West Eugene Wetlands Award.