Love of Nature – Our work is motivated by a shared love of earth, nature, the land. This love motivates us to give something back to the earth. We feel a sense of stewardship or responsibility to take care of the earth.
Healing – Our work embodies healing—healing of the land, healing of communities, healing for people who engage in the work, healing of the split between people and the land. Our work can bring a deep sense of personal fulfillment for people. Our work is simply healthy. It gets people outdoors, breathing fresh air, exercising their bodies.
Building Community - Our work brings people together. It builds community. We strive to build partnerships. We are inclusive of a diverse range of perspectives, not just "preaching to the choir" of folks of a particular view. We seek to collaborate and find common ground with individuals and groups who might not consider themselves "environmentalists." Youth are the next generation of land stewards and a key part of our community. Our community of volunteers is the heart and soul of WRV.
Education – Our work educates people about the need and value of ecological restoration and the need to address root causes of environmental degradation. We strive to acquire the best quality knowledge available on restoration principles and techniques and disseminate that information to our volunteers, partners, users of the lands we restore, and others. We ourselves are learning. Restoration is a new and exciting field. Even our failures can contribute to the collective understanding. We will act as a clearinghouse for local anecdotal wisdom and participation by professionals with restoration related skills.
Empowerment – Our work empowers people to take action. We provide skills, training, tools, and a vision of hope for the future that catalyzes people to believe that they can make a real difference in the healing of the planet. We support people to learn and stretch and become leaders in ecological restoration and other land stewardship activities. We seek to transform the relationship between culture and nature, resulting in behavior changes that will ultimately reduce or eliminate the need for restoration.
Tangible Results – Our work accomplishes tangible results. We’re not just doing this for a “feel good experience.” We want to see real changes to the landscape—tangible signs of healing and progress. A particular project won’t change the world in a day, but one small patch of earth will be nurtured, tangibly, toward healing. In addition to tangible results in the landscape, we measure tangible results in terms of accumulated skills, numbers of volunteers, and leaders.
Celebration – Our work is inherently positive, and tremendously worthy of celebration. We celebrate our care for the land. The work itself is a celebration. We work hard and celebrate heartily. We embrace the arts—music, dance, poetry, visual arts, and others —because these expressions help us draw forth, comprehend, and share the joy and meaning of our work.
WILDLANDS RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) values all people and believes all people can become stewards of their natural environment. We believe the stewardship community is strengthened and improved by the participation and contributions of people with a diverse range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
In our dealings with volunteers, employees, applicants for employment, and all other constituencies, WRV is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all qualified individuals based on individual merit and capability. We do not discriminate against applicants, employees, volunteers, or any other constituents on the basis of age, race, disability, color, creed, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, political service, and affiliation or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.
This policy applies to all activities of WRV.