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Within Our Reach

Within Our Reach
December 10-12, 2014

View photo's from the 2012 conference courtesy of Craig Strobeck Photography

Join us for Within Our Reach, a special gathering of funders, river restoration professionals, landowners, public agencies, scientists and students focused on the future of the Willamette River.

The Willamette River is of tremendous natural, cultural and economic significance to Oregonians. It shaped and helps define the Willamette Valley, home to 70 percent of Oregons population and the source of nearly three quarters of its economic output. Every day, thousands of Oregonians use the Willamette water, catch its fish, or simply enjoy time with friends and family along the river and its tributaries.

In the fall of 2008, the Meyer Memorial Trust and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board entered into a unique, private public funding initiative 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 rivers health, and making grants to community based watershed groups and land trusts to plan and implement specific restoration projects.

Through Within Our Reach, we hope to engage a broader group of stakeholders in reflecting on the challenges facing the river, learning about restoration efforts in and beyond Oregon, and crafting practical strategies to ensure that a healthy river system is a secure part of our future.

The Willamette Valley is expected to grow by 1.7 million people by 2050. As citizens, we face an enormous challenge in accommodating this future growth while protecting the features of the valley we value most: its open landscapes, rich and diverse natural and human history and, at its heart, the Willamette River. Please join us on December 11-12, 2012 for Within Our Reach, and help meet that challenge.

Sincerely,
Doug Stamm, CEO
Meyer Memorial Trust

Tom Byler, Executive Director
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Pam Wiley, Director Willamette River Initiative
Meyer Memorial Trust