Wilderness International is an organization founded in January 2005 with the slogan “Conservation through Active Participation”. At present, it is serving in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and both Western and Central Oregon. The organization operates from funds that come from a combination of donations from members, governmental grants and organizational sponsorship.
Five project types the organization participates in include Community Environmental Education, Community Conservation, Church and Community Partnerships, At-Risk Youth Development, and Outdoor Adventures. The underlying purpose for these participation is to provide everybody the opportunity to get to know God and be closer to him by checking out the things he made.
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Wilderness International has engaged itself to various community conservation projects. Few of these are Cross Park, Meldrum Bar Park, Molalla River-Table Rock Recreation Area, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Goals for Conservation
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What the organization has done and seeks to do is motivated by its goals. First, it seeks to foster awareness in a local community of the advantages of keeping a healthy ecosystem. As evidence, it is encouraging further community involvement for its conservation projects. Next, it desires to preserve and/or enhance watershed health ad native habitat by way of removing invasive plants and bringing back of native vegetation. Third, it aims for the construction of more campground facilities, protective fencing, educational kiosks and trails. The fourth one is to minimize the risk for wildfire by means of reducing fuels. Finally, it desires to improve food and shelter opportunities for native wildlife populations.
Another way by which the organization is able to realize its goal of improving the quality of relationship that everyone has with their creator is through holding a wide variety of fun outdoor activities. Members of churches, youth organization, as well as of the local community sectors are both encouraged and invited to join in said activities. The organization most of the times initiate outdoor activities that range from hunting and rafting and down to hiking and backpacking. Behind the said activities are the goals of the organization that are waiting to be accomplished.
The organization is also setting a focus on youth development. Youth is among those that make up the number of community offenders. The organization joins in programs that seek to develop the youth, their personality and their totality. With most of these projects, youths are encouraged to give community service hours as well as the chance to make money out of something good. Said projects also allow the youth to be around opportunities that can help them improve their working skills, working manners, working readiness and working opportunities. These all will in turn make them better individuals in relation to God.