Since 2009, BEF and the Meyer Memorial Trust have worked together in an innovative approach to support watershed restoration in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. BEF and MMT have partnered with seven watershed councils to implement a 10-year strategy to restore more than a dozen tributaries in the Willamette River basin. The combined forces of BEF and MMT have enabled a higher level of investment in the Model Watershed partners to advance comprehensive and long-term watershed restoration strategies.
Unique elements of this program include exploring opportunities to share restoration resources (such as staff and equipment), applying new efficiencies to restoration planning and implementation, and using common monitoring protocols to facilitate shared learning and adaptive management among all the partners. The program offers regular group gatherings, workshops and technical trainings to strengthen the capacity of partner groups.
BEF manages the Willamette Model Watershed Program through an ongoing WRI grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.