The Willamette River Initiative evaluation report and case studies are a deep well of data and insights into what fueled the impact of this decade-long investment by Meyer Memorial Trust and its partners. These resources also tell us where more focus is needed to continue and build upon this momentum. As the co-directors of the Willamette River Network, we're thinking hard about these lessons and what it means for the future of this network. Here are some initial takeaways in our own words. We look forward to continuing this conversation with you!
The importance of creating space for more diverse voices and experiences.
We commit to being community-driven and grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion from the start. Listening deeply to the needs and experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and providing meaningful ways to shape our work will ensure that conservation and restoration work is inclusive of all communities in the Willamette River Basin.
The importance of connecting knowledge to practice.
We commit to serving as a hub to share research and knowledge, but we recognize that it serves no purpose if we cannot apply it to our work in practice. We will strive to implement and share practical applications of research throughout the Willamette River Basin.