Willamette River Initiative

Willamette River Initiative

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Oregon State University Institute for Natural Resources

Corvallis, Oregon
Contact Name: 
Sue Lurie, Policy Research Program

Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Created by the Oregon Legislature with the Oregon Sustainability Act of 2001, the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) is a cooperative enterprise bringing the scientific knowledge and expertise of the Oregon University System and other Oregon higher education institutions to bear on natural resource management.

Housed as a research institute within Oregon State University (OSU), INR helps decision-makers identify and use relevant science in making policy choices. At INR’s foundation is the land grant mission – building bridges between natural resource management theory and practice and effectively communicating knowledge to decision-makers. INR’s success depends upon several core values and principles: ensuring integrity and objectivity, building partnerships, maintaining relevance, providing service, and creating excellence.