Meet Our Partners

We partner with groups and people working toward a healthier river system. Meet the members of our river community.

Restoration & stewardship groups

Two restoration workers plant trees at Willamette Mission State Park

We work with watershed councils, land trusts, soil and water conservation districts, tribal natural resource agencies, advocacy groups and others to protect and restore important habitats along the Willamette and selected tributaries upstream of Willamette Falls. In the past nine years, these groups have restored thousands of acres of riverside lands.

Funders

WRI is part of a three-funder partnership with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Bonneville Power Administration to fund floodplain restoration along the mainstem Willamette River. We have also collaborated with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to fund projects in key Willamette tributaries. Together, this funding partnership has invested tens of millions of dollars since 2008 in efforts to restore and conserve native habitats in the Willamette floodplain. Pooling resources to support shared goals has enabled greater success in the restoration projects we fund.

Communicators

We work with individuals, nonprofits, and government agencies to increase understanding and awareness about the importance of our river ecosystem. Our partners provide opportunities for students interested in river restoration work and conduct outreach to Willamette Basin residents about steps they can take to promote river health.

Groups working on diversity, equity and inclusion

WRI partners with nonprofits working for environmental justice and equity within the Willamette Basin. Our partners help promote understanding of the inequities and barriers to a more inclusive restoration field, advocate for equity and justice in decisions that affect the Willamette and work toward a restoration movement that reflects the diversity of our watershed.

Scientists

Science float

Scientists increase our understanding of the Willamette River system and the factors influencing its health. WRI works with university and government scientists whose research equips our restoration partners with the best available knowledge to do their jobs. Scientists also serve as technical advisors to restoration groups to help inform the most effective restoration actions.

Local, state and federal government

As key Willamette Basin landowners, natural resource managers, restoration funders and keepers of science and policy related to the river, government agencies influence almost every aspect of our work. They interact with WRI in a number of ways, from setting policies and defining restoration priorities for the river, to coordinating with WRI to fund restoration and working directly with WRI grantees to restore native habitat on public lands.

Tribal government

As sovereign nations and the first inhabitants of the Willamette Basin, Tribes are key stakeholders in matters of river restoration and natural resource protection. Tribal representatives are important partners in the pursuit of river health, serving as advisors on WRI projects and working with our grantees to protect and restore culturally and ecologically-important habitats.

Implementation partners

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has been Meyer’s partner in the implementation of the WRI from the beginning of the initiative, providing key leadership, expertise and technical support to increase the strength and effectiveness of the Willamette restoration community.

Get to know our partners
Abraham Franco Willamette
The elder statesman of the Willamette planting community

Abraham Franco has been restoring floodplain forests for so long, he frequently finds himself walking under the shade of forests he planted as twigs. Learn how his career took him from Cascade timberlands to the Willamette Valley, where he turns barren streamsides into lush habitats.

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The Willamette's restoration army

The Willamette River system's restoration crews are the muscle behind a massive effort to restore the basin’s waterways and the land that touches them, in turn benefiting federally-protected salmon, steelhead, and other native Willamette species. It's a muddy, exhausting job, and they do it well.

Willamette River ranger Scott Youngblood surveys the water from a boat.
Scott Youngblood, Willamette River ranger

For state parks, there are park rangers. For the Willamette River, there is Scott Youngblood. As the Willamette River Greenway Ranger for Oregon State Parks, Scott Youngblood maintains 2,800 acres of public land along the Willamette River. With a service area so vast, no two days are the same.