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Within Our Reach


Working Together for a Healthier Willamette

Join us for Within Our Reach, a biennial gathering of funders, river restoration professionals, landowners, public agencies, scientists, students and community members focused on improving the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries. Presented by the Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Within Our Reach provides a unique opportunity for a broad group of stakeholders to come together, share and learn from one another. The goal of Within Our Reach is to provide a platform to reflect on the challenges facing the river and its tributaries, learn about restoration efforts in and beyond Oregon, and craft practical strategies to ensure that a healthy river system is a secure part of our future. Though our basin varies greatly - from forested tributary headwaters to agricultural land and riverside cities - the Willamette is one connected system and its health is in our hands.


2016 Call for Speakers and Sessions Proposals now open! Submit a proposal by June 15. Join our email list to receive regular conference updates.



Conference Background

Within Our Reach is presented by the Willamette River Initiative, a strategic funding program of the Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT), and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). In the fall of 2008, Meyer and OWEB entered into a unique, private/public funding partnership aimed at protecting and enhancing the many benefits provided by the Willamette. Since then, we have been building partnerships with other funders and organizations working to improve the river's health. Through Within Our Reach, we hope to foster greater collaboration and alignment of restoration efforts in the basin.

This is the fourth Within Our Reach conference. Held at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon, the conference draws around 200 attendees. The conference is coordinated by the staff of WRI and a voluntary committee of stakeholder representatives, with event planning services provided by the Portland-based firm Social Enterprises.

View photo's from the 2014 conference.