The Willapa Alliance
In late 1992, a group of local residents formed the Willapa Alliance-a private, non-profit community organization-to address some of the economic and environmental challenges facing the region.
Staffed since the Fall of 1993, the Alliance board spent three prior years assessing local economic and ecological trends and developing an organization able to play the unique role of building constituencies for local solutions to economic and environmental problems. The Alliance has emerged as a leader in fostering partnerships among industry, conservation groups, and government.
The Alliance provides a forum for gaining new insights into the workings of the Willapa ecosystem and for finding creative ways to ensure the long-term well-being of Willapa's communities, lands, and waters through the following programs:
Science and understanding
To monitor key ecological, economic, and community health indicators; and to make this information available to local residents.
To search for better ways to manage Willapa's forests, farms and tidelands; and to develop long-term plans for the restoration of ecological processes that are critical to maintaining the health of the Willapa environment and economy.
Public education and involvement
To increase understanding of Willapa's ecology, economy, and communities; and to provide an opportunity for local residents to actively participate in research and management efforts.
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