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September 2016 Newsletter

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 150+ public, private and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. Interested in joining us? Here's how.
Time to take action! RSVPd yet for next week's Investing in a Green Future party at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern in Hillsboro? If not, we hope you'll do so and join us Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. for wine/beer, hors d'oeuvres and presentations about three measures on the fall ballot that are of interest to many Intertwine partners. The Intertwine Alliance is hosting the event as a service to supporters of Measure 26-178, Protect Our Natural Areas; Measure 99, Outdoor School for All; and the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District permanent rate levy. Please RSVP here. Email David at with any questions. 

Spotlight on Washington County. This year's launch of Intertwine Alliance County Summits has been an even bigger success than expected. The thirst for connecting with groups within one’s region is evident in the great attendance and rich and fruitful conversations we've seen so far. After positive efforts in East Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark counties, it's Washington County's turn. On Monday, Oct. 3, we'll hold our first major gathering of west-side partners with the health-themed Investing in Nature for Healthier Communities. Join us for this great opportunity, sponsored by Clean Water Services, to learn about innovative work going on in the county and to connect with new groups and projects. It's free and open to all. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 28. Questions? Please email Lauren at

One great thing leads to another. Due to popular demand, and thanks to all the brain power harnessed at the Clark County Trails Summit in June, the trails folks are following up with a trails forum on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall. Please RSVP here. In addition, a Southwest Washington working group is organizing a gathering focused on youth engagement for this fall/winter. Clackamas County is also following up its enthusiastic May summit with an event in November. Both dates to be announced soon. Questions? Please email David at

Save your seat at the Fall Summit. Registration is now open for our biggest event of the year, The Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit. Set for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Oregon Zoo, Advancing Equity: Creating an Inclusive Movement will take on the challenges and opportunities of this work in our sector and roll out the Alliance’s new Equity Strategy. Learn about a range of equity and inclusion-focused groups, project and resources throughout our coalition. But wait, there's more! This year we're bringing back the Force of  Nature Awards, with winners to be celebrated at a special luncheon just before the Summit. Seating for the awards luncheon and summit is limited, and the events are expected to fill. So please register today. Questions? Email David at

Nominations, please! As mentioned above, the Force of Nature Awards are back and will be given out at a celebratory luncheon preceding the Fall Summit. It's time to put on your thinking caps and nominate the most deserving, outstanding and innovative people and organizations among us. Please fill out this quick and easy nomination form by Friday, Sept. 30 to make sure hard-working and devoted Intertwine change-makers get the recognition they so deserve. Review award categories here

United partners of The Intertwine. Welcome to the Alliance, United Nations Association of Portland! UNA Portland aims to educate the public about its global sustainable development goals, including protection against adverse affects to all water, habitat and climate change impacting natural resources and recreational assets. 

Forum-filled fall. Forums are becoming the most popular way for like-minded Intertwine Alliance partners to cluster and connect. Quarterly trails, conservation, conservation education and health & nature forums are all soon to be scheduled for October, November and December. Stay tuned for details. Questions or input? Please email David at

Choose your own adventure. Thank you to the partners and friends who have sent in Daycations for the mobile app. It's not too late! We need more and more of your adventures in urban nature to populate the app at its launch -- and, of course, we'll be adding fresh Daycations on a regular basis. Get started today with the easy breezy Daycation Creation Station. The app is on the brink of going live; we'll keep you posted. Please contact Tara at with any questions or ideas.

Hot Outside. This month in our partner-contributed blog, Milagro's Dañel Malán introduces herself and the Intertwine Projects she wants to collaborate with you on. And Metro's Gaylen Beatty writes about building a partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) to create habitat gardens in Portland's Jade District. Outside Voice showcases the ideas, opinions, concerns and projects of Alliance partners. We want to hear from you! Please direct your ideas or submissions to You can also sign up to receive blog posts by email.

Other headlines from around The Intertwine:
  • Weigh in on two big development projects at these upcoming community events: Review access and trail options for the future Chehalem Ridge Nature Park on Thursday, Sept. 8. Spanish speakers, give your input at Centro Cultural's El Grito on Friday, Sept. 16. Then help shape Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's Community and Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 10.
  • Registration for this year's Environmental Education Association of Oregon (EEAO) conference closes Monday, Sept. 12. The conference is Sept. 28-30 in Sisters, Oregon.
  • Metro's 9th annual regional trail count is happening this month starting Tuesday, Sept. 13. Sign up to spend two hours on your favorite regional trail collecting valuable information; several September dates/times available.
  • Applications for Metro’s Regional Travel Options grants are due Friday, Sept. 23. The program funds projects creating safe, vibrant and livable communities by increasing the use and understanding of travel options.
  • The Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series continues Saturday, Sept. 24, with an event organized by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership at Vancouver Lake. Sign up for one or more species-themed shifts.
  • The City of Portland Urban Forestry is once again offering its Neighborhood Tree Steward (NTS) program, a seven-session course providing community members tools to be urban forest advocates in their neighborhoods. No experience necessary. Classes start Oct. 8. Cost is $26. Register here.
  • Registration for this year's Northwest Earth Institute EcoChallenge is under way. Create or start a team, choose a challenge, and get ready for the October 14-28 event. 


Mark your Calendar
Highlights of the month ahead. See the Intertwine event calendar for more.

  • Good clean fun. Join the Clackamas River Basin Council, We Love Clean Rivers, and a flotilla of over 300 volunteers in rafts, kayaks, drift boats and scuba gear to scour the Clackamas River’s streambed and banks at the 14th Annual Down the River Clean Up on Sunday, Sept. 11. Two to three tons of garbage is collected each year, over half of which is recycled. Pre-registration required.  
  • Ahoy, matey! Aquifer Adventure, a free pirate-themed groundwater festival put on by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, docks in Portland on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Dress as a pirate for canoe rides, a scavenger hunt and more. Free t-shirts to the first 300 kids. 
  • Helmets? Check. Roller skates? Check. The last Sunday Parkways of the year, this one featuring Sellwood and Milwaukie, is coming up on Oct. 2. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has teamed up with the Crystal Springs Partnership's Salmon Celebration and the Bureau of Environmental Services for a route including Westmoreland, Sellwood and Water Tower parks, plus the Milwaukie farmers market and business district. Bike, roll, or walk the 8 miles of fun stops from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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