Featured River Story
Abraham Franco has been restoring floodplain forests for so long, he frequently finds himself walking under the shade of forests he planted as twigs.
A veteran worker in Oregon's reforestation industry, Franco has planted millions of trees in our woods and wetlands. Learn how his career took him from Cascade timberlands to the Willamette Valley, where he turns barren streamsides into lush habitats.
It takes transformative leadership to be a true hero of the river restoration field. As a business owner who makes his living restoring native Willamette Basin habitats, Rosario Franco is quite literally transforming this important watershed, tree-by-tree and acre-by-acre. The Willamette River Initiative is proud to have presented Rosario with the River Hero award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the effort for a healthier Willamette
The Willamette River Initiative is in the midst of a transformation. Our grantees and partners have accomplished much, but our collective quest for a healthy river isn’t complete. So, together with our partners, we’re planning how best to support the next phase of the Willamette restoration and protection movement.