An Ashland real estate company donated 1 percent of its 2008 profits to local land preservation and environmental groups today.

An Ashland real estate company donated 1 percent of its 2008 profits to local land preservation and environmental groups today.

Full Circle Real Estate gave about $1,800 total to the Klamath Riverkeeper, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

"I truly believe it's important to start locally, and to try to get your community as green as you can," said Eric Poole, co-owner of Full Circle.

The company is a member of 1% For The Planet, a group of businesses worldwide that promise to donate 1 percent of all proceeds to environmental organizations.

Members of 1% For The Planet can choose to donate to any of the 1,500 nonprofits that have registered with the group.

Both of the years it has been a member of the program, Full Circle has decided to donate locally.

"I think for me personally, I moved here for a reason and part of it was because of the way Southern Oregon looks," Poole said. "I support the way we look now and I think we need to find a happy medium between growth and preservation."

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will use the funding to help maintain the 8,200 acres it manages, which include the Oredson Todd Woods property, located off Tolman Creek Road in Ashland, said Michael Stringer, development director for the conservancy.

"It's just fantastic news," he said. "It's such great timing given the time of year and everything that's going on here with us getting ready for Earth Day."

Because the gift came from a real estate agency, it's even more significant for the conservancy, Stringer said.

"It's great to have new business partners," he said. "This is a type of business we haven't worked with in the past, so it's opening a new door."

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.