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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. Within Our Reach provides a platform to reflect on the challenges facing the river and its tributaries, learn about restoration efforts in Oregon and beyond, and craft practical strategies to secure a healthy river system for 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.



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 Willamette Basin.

This is the fourth Within Our Reach conference. Held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, the conference draws about 200 attendees. Willamette River Initiative staff and a volunteer committee of stakeholder representatives coordinate the conference, with event planning services provided by the Portland-based firm Social Enterprises.

View photos from the 2014 conference.