Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles


Our mission is to provide resources, information, and expertise to inspire people to actively improve air and water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and soil health.


Our vision is that all people in our district are informed and confidently engaged in the long-term caring for and giving back to the land. Everyone has the opportunity to connect or reconnect with the land, especially those who have been displaced from or deprived of land. People’s engagement and connection to the land ensures clean water, clean air, healthy soil, and diverse habitats, for thriving communities, fish and wildlife.

Learn more about our Strategic Directions in our 2021-2025 Long Range Business Plan.

Guiding Principles

  1. We provide assistance to the public and respond to requests in a timely and courteous way. If we cannot provide direct assistance we strive to find other resources that meet landowners’ needs.
  2. We form strategic partnerships to maximize our work and minimize duplication with other agencies.
  3. We focus our efforts on underserved populations and geographic areas.
  4. To maximize our limited resources and impact, our urban focus is on leveraging landowner partnerships to spread participation through targeted watershed areas.
  5. As an organization, we conserve natural resources (e.g. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle, Energy Conservation, etc.).
  6. We address conservation problems methodically; we identify and analyze resource concerns before we determine solutions, as called for by sound conservation science and planning principles.
  7. We complete project planning and assess viability according to our Goals & Strategies before seeking funding.
  8. We urge voluntary commitments to conservation; we are not a regulatory body and do not enforce compliance. We maintain political neutrality and respect the privacy of all landowners.
  9. We work as members of a flexible, respectful and responsive team.
  10. We maintain a vibrant, culturally agile and cooperative board that helps outreach to and engage fellow landowners/partners.
  11. We value and reward staff for hard work and innovation and provide staff/board development and training to maintain skills and science-based knowledge to better serve our constituents, maximize our credibility, and increase the success of on-the-ground conservation.
  12. We incorporate equity and inclusion awareness and practice into our work process and programs.
  13. We act with integrity and operate with transparency.

Guiding Values

  1. Clean water is vital to people and wildlife.
  2. Good soil is a life-sustaining, non-replaceable resource.
  3. Healthy ecosystems are essential to humans and native wildlife.
  4. Humans have a responsibility to, and self-interest in, being good stewards of the natural world.
  5. A steady supply of locally-produced food is important to the quality of life, sustainability and economy of our District.
  6. Well-managed agricultural and forest operations can co-exist with wildlife.
  7. Informed and engaged board, staff and landowners are key to the success of our mission.
  8. Our community conserves natural resources most effectively when all stakeholders are engaged and welcomed.
  9. The strength and vibrancy of our District rests on its diversity

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District does not discriminate based on any class or identity including age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The District is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. The District makes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and special needs to provide access to district events, materials and services. If you have requests for accommodations or complaints about discrimination, harassment, inequitable treatment and being denied access to district events, materials and services, or for any questions at all, please contact us at our email info@wmswcd.org or call 503.238.4775.