Overview

 

Northwest Watershed Institute conducts comprehensive, science-based watershed conservation. Our work includes scientific assessment, historic research, long-term ecological planning, land acquisition and conservation, wetland, stream and shoreline restoration, monitoring, sustainable forestry, and education/volunteer involvement. Our major program areas and projects are described below.

Research, Assessment and Monitoring

Assessment, research and monitoring are fundamental to the success of watershed and habitat conservation efforts. NWI biologists conduct a variety of studies, from stream and lake assessments, to leading the scientific review team for the Salmon-Safe Program certifications, to whole watershed assessments in Oregon and Washington. Learn more...

Protection and Restoration

NWI puts the science on the ground, with extensive experience using the full array of conservation tools, to protect and restore at-risk species and habitats. NWI works with willing landowners and partner organizations to permanently protect high priority habitats through land acquisitions, conservation easements, and public policy improvements. NWI has helped plan and implement hundreds of restoration projects including removing fish passage barriers, and restoring streams, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. Learn more...

Education and Outreach

Building public support and understanding are key to restoring salmon runs and ecological systems. From our annual Plant-A-Thon that involves hundreds of children and their parents in stream restoration, to a variety of field tours and educational events, to the Friends of Tarboo, NWI builds grassroots support for healing watersheds. Learn more...

Tarboo Watershed Program

Since 2002, NWI has been leading a model whole-watershed restoration program for the Tarboo Watershed. In partnership with landowners and over 45 partnering organizations, NWI is protecting and restoring a wetland and stream habitat corridor from the headwaters of Tarboo Creek to Dabob Bay. Learn more...