Through these conversations we discussed what expectations each agency thought we had, what we could provide and how best to serve our shared audiences. By no surprise, our partnership strengthened our shared goal of providing education in the fall of 2020. We had planned on creating video content individually. As I came to find out the amount of time it would have taken me to get quotes from three providers, convince a supervisor to support the idea, bring the proposal to the Board of Directors for them to approve or deny, recruit volunteers to be in the videos, communicate back and forth with videographers, and continue with my other job duties…phew that would have been exhausting and likely defeating. Thank goodness for partnerships!
World Salmon Council has an open-minded group of people willing to work very hard to continue the worthy work of Salmon Watch education. It is their connections within the community that provided the opportunity to work with Freshwaters Illustrated as our video experts. The challenges we were facing in the spring seemed to dissipate as the good news of a new, very talented organization (Freshwaters Illustrated) was joining forces with us (WSC, Marion SWCD, Watershed Councils, ODFW).
The agreements and discussions in this large partnership reflect the priorities of our agencies. We strive to connect youth and adults to the amazing natural resources that feed life at every level. These connections allow for respect to develop and it is all of our hopes that as a consequence action is taken to steward the resources with care.
World Salmon Council, Freshwaters Illustrated, Linn-Benton Salmon Watch, Calapooia Watershed Council, ODFW and Marion SWCD are very excited to share the rough cut of the Salmon Watch films later this fall. Be on the look our for these videos on our website under the education page.
Life is not easy, but we get by with a little help from our friends. Thank goodness for partners in conservation! Cheers to these amazing folks: