Mission, Vision, Values & Equity

One of FMR’s core values is equity. We believe that the Mississippi River connects us all, and that social and environmental issues are woven together. As we work toward restoring habitat and the river's waters, we will also work toward a riverway that is safe, healing and accessible for everyone. We strive to be culturally competent, welcoming and inclusive of all people and are committed to using our resources and influence to redress structural inequality where it intersects with the health and vitality of the Mississippi River.

How we got started on our equity journey

Read an account of our first steps towards advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at FMR and in the mainstream environmental movement.

Equity statement

Our board unanimously passed this equity statement in 2017 and updated it in 2022.

Land acknowledgment

Our work takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Dakota. Haha Wakpa, Misi-ziibi, Mississippi River — the river we steward in Minnesota has long been stewarded and continues to be stewarded by Dakota and Ojibwe people. You can find out more about our work toward Indigenous solidarity here.


Our diversity, equity and inclusion working group recommends Mississippi River Network's anti-racism resources hub, available midway down the linked page. (FMR is a member of the network.)

Note: We're currently working on updates to these pages. If you're interested in our latest DEI efforts, please reach out to FMR Associate Director-Development Director Sara DeKok.

Upcoming Events

May 1-31, 2023
Orvis - Miracle Mile, St. Louis Park
Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 9:00am to 11:00am
William H. Houlton Conservation Area, Elk River
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis
Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.