Save the Date! December 13 & 14, 2018

Within Our Reach 2016 Join us for the fifth biennial Within Our Reach, a gathering of river restoration professionals, funders, landowners, public agencies, scientists, Tribes, students and community members united in the pursuit of a healthy, resilient Willamette River system. Within Our Reach explores the ecological, social and cultural dimensions of river health, from restoring the habitat and connecting people to the river to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the Willamette River restoration movement. The conference provides a space to reflect on the challenges facing the river and its tributaries, learn about restoration and protection efforts within and beyond the Willamette, and craft strategies to realize our vision of healthy ecosystems and healthy communities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Willamette River Initiative, the funding program of Meyer Memorial Trust that established Within Our Reach as its cornerstone event. After a decade of Willamette River grantmaking, Meyer is working to transition the Willamette River Initiative to an enduring home in the community it serves. With eyes on building a strong foundation for the future, this year's conference will explore the theme Growing the Movement for a Healthier Willamette.

2018 Call for Session and Poster Proposals

We invite you to help shape the conference by submitting a proposal for a break-out session and/or poster. Break-outs will take place on both days of the conference. Posters will be displayed in the conference center on both days, and there will be a dedicated poster session to showcase these during the conference. Break-out and poster selections will be made by Willamette River Initiative staff and a volunteer committee of Willamette River stakeholders.

Conference Background

Within Our Reach is presented by the Meyer Memorial Trust's Willamette River Initiative. Planning for the conference is led by Willamette River Initiative staff with help from a volunteer committee of Willamette River stakeholders. The Portland-based firm Social Enterprises provides event planning services.