Vision 2020: planning IRU's future

Since our founding in 1990, IRU has become a powerful force for Idaho's imperiled wild steelhead and salmon, protecting and enhancing stream flows and riparian areas, and defending and promoting the wild and scenic qualities of our wild rivers. In 2016, IRU is poised for strategic growth to build on this storied history of protecting the rivers you love.

To that end, IRU is in the beginning stages of its next five-year strategic planning process, which we’re calling Vision 2020. The process is an occasion to examine our strengths, opportunities, aspirations and the result’s we’re achieving and ask ourselves key questions like: 

  • Where do we make the biggest difference? 
  • What can we realistically do with our resources?
  • How will we measure our success and be accountable to you, IRU’s members and partners?

In early February we’ll be asking you these same questions in a member survey. As a part of the IRU community, we want your voice to inform Vision 2020 and be a part of shaping IRU’s future. Whether it’s advocating for a favorite stretch of river, seeking more or different types of outreach and communications, or giving us an in-depth analysis of what you think IRU’s focus should be for the next five years, your voice matters and we want to hear it. 

I am confident this process will strengthen IRU’s vision while ushering in strategic and focused growth in our conservation and community engagement work. IRU’s mission will always remain the same: to protect and restore the rivers of Idaho. We believe this mission is more relevant and essential than ever. With your continued partnership, IRU will accomplish great things in the coming years and we thank you in advance for your participation in achieving the strategic initiatives that will come out of this process.

In addition to strategic planning, we’ve hit the ground running in 2016 on some important conservation issues and outreach events. Here are a few to put on your calendar:

  • Return of the River documentary screening Jan. 20 in Boise. Join Idaho Rivers United, Save Our wild Salmon and Snake River Waterkeeper for the Idaho premier of Return of the River, a film that chronicles the largest dam removal project in history and gives us hope for dam removal on the lower Snake River and recovery of Idaho's wild salmon. Click here to read more...
  •  Idaho Rivers Lecture Series: Idaho’s Headwaters with Bruce Reichert, Jan. 26 in Garden City. IRU is pleased to present Bruce Reichert, host of Idaho Public Television's award-winning Outdoor Idaho.  Bruce and the Outdoor Idaho crew traveled to the headwaters of Idaho's greatest rivers including the Boise, Snake, St. Joe and others and discovered the magic of a river's beginnings. Click here to read more...
  • Aveda Earth Month. March 29-April 30. IRU is partnering once again with Aveda Salons to celebrate and raise funds for Idaho’s rivers. Stay tuned for a detailed listing of salon events that include everything from haircuts to masquerade balls during the month of April. Click here to read more...
  • Salmon plan ruling: We haven't yet heard from Federal District Judge Michael Simon about our litigation challenging the federal government's latest salmon plan, but we're optimistic that we'll receive  a positive ruling early in the new year and have an opportunity to charge forward on behalf of our imperiled wild salmon and steelhead. Click here to read about the court hearing held in late June...