Core Values

core values interconnection


We are dedicated to conserving and promoting wetlands to support fish and wildlife, clean water, open space, public safety, and people’s appreciation of nature. We work at different scales—from an individual property to a regional landscape—to support these interconnected systems.

core values community


We build community, creating strong, long-lasting relationships within our organization and with our diverse partners. We believe respectful collaboration, rather than adversarial confrontation, leads to innovative and long lasting solutions.

core values science


We implement our mission through the best available science and research. Along with our partners we collect, analyze and disseminate critical data to support wetlands conservation, restoration and education.

core values learning


We empower people to explore and discover how wetlands play a vital role in their everyday lives, inspiring them to protect and preserve wetlands throughout Oregon. We collect and share the stories of Oregon’s greatest wetlands, making room for people of all ages to participate.

core values Resilence


Within our organization and the partner network that makes wetlands stewardship possible across Oregon, we are continually learning, experimenting and adapting—enhancing the capacities of human and natural systems to adapt and thrive as conditions change.

core values Legacy


Taking the long view, we create conservation and restoration opportunities through proactive leadership and planning. We develop the science, the restoration plan, and the partnerships that create a legacy and instill a commitment to wetlands stewardship in future generations.