Wissdom-Workforce-Bill-Naito-awardA special shout out to Bruce Amick, Karrie Young, Adrienne Moat, David Eyster, and William Hudacek of our Wisdom Workforce, LLC for winning the Bill Naito award this year, 2021. The Wisdom Workforce, LLC has had a very busy year so far. Our partnerships and projects are continuing to grow and expand with new community educators, partnerships, environmental partner organizations, and generous funders. For those of you not familiar with the Wisdom Workforce, LLC and our internship program please read more here.

We have fantastic leadership at Wisdom Workforce, LLC. Our Workforce Development Coordinator, Adrienne Moat, is an urban Indigenous environmentalist and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience related to non-profit work, environmental science, and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

In May and June, the Wisdom Workforce Development crew continued training from WWRP in the Unified Monitoring Protocol for vegetation monitoring, in partnership with Columbia Land Trust. Robin Jensen with FMNP and Mary Logalbo with WMSWCD helped with plant ID. “In total between the 2 days of monitoring, we surveyed 12 transects: 4 sites in Marquam Nature Park, 1 site in Keller Woodlands, 5 sites in Terwilliger Parkway, and 2 sites on PP&R’s Eskandarian property. The second year of monitoring will be conducted next spring 2021…” WWD Interns this spring were excited to learn about plants and insight into green sector jobs at natural areas like the Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Shwah Kuk Wetlands and more.

Some of our partners include Ecotrust, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Friends of Trees, Oregon Solar Energy Education Fund, Forest Park Conservancy, Zenger Farm, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, PP&R, The Blueprint Foundation, The Wetlands Conservancy, and Leach Botanical Garden plus many more. If you are interested in partnering with us or interested in sponsorship please get in touch with Adrienne Moat