History / Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Our History
At a 2012 Tamarisk Coalition conference, a number of attendees stepped forward and expressed the need for more information sharing across Western watersheds. Too often, these practitioners find themselves reinventing the wheel, knowing all to well that their peers in other watersheds had already addressed many of the same challenges.
In an effort to formalize a set of tools to build a sharing network in the arid West, TC convened a series of strategizing meetings and surveys to narrow down the scope and priorities for such an expansive initiative initiative.  Watershed practitioners revealed a widespread desire for a peer-to-peer support system to increase connectivity between watersheds. Respondents prioritized a series of proposed programs, both in-person and virtual, to catalyze these relationships. A number of enthusiastic practitioners from across the West came together to form XWN Steering Committee, who developed a Conceptual Framework & Charter. The same collaborative governance body continues to provide traction behind XWN’s practitioner-driven programming.

Our Vision
Watershed practitioners engaging in a vibrant culture of collaboration across boundaries that yields healthy ecosystems.

Our Mission

XWN strives to help watershed restoration practitioners in the arid West maximize their effectiveness and impact through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration across watersheds.

Our Philosophy
Our philosophy is simple: every practitioner has valuable lessons to share and these lessons can support practitioners in adjacent watersheds. By creating spaces for these practitioners to share lessons, we connect people to the ideas they need to advance their work.