Explore the Intertwine

January 2017 Newsletter

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 160 public, private and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. Interested in joining us? Here's how.
Children-and-nature star to visit The Intertwine. The Intertwine Alliance is excited and honored to bring author and one of the national leaders of the greening of schoolyards movement, Sharon Danks, from the Bay Area for a free lecture the evening of Monday, Jan. 23. CEO and founder of Green Schoolyards America and author of Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Sharon has traveled the world studying hundreds of school sites and understanding best practices for their gardens. Educators, school administrators, conservation professionals, health care providers and anyone concerned with the health of children, this event is for you. Please RSVP to join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m at Ecotrust in Northwest Portland. Thank you to sponsors FamilyCare Health and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Questions? Email Program Manager David Cohen at

Greening our schoolyards. As part of The Intertwine Alliances' very own exciting Greening of Schoolyards Project -- which is under development, please stay tuned for more info in coming months -- we need a few volunteers to help us with a key piece of the plan, an asset mapping project. The job will entail calling schools, identifying key contact people, and getting surveys out to the appropriate individuals. Volunteers will work as a group on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon here at The Intertwine Alliance office on the south waterfront. Please join us for a morning of phone calling and emailing. All you need is a cell phone, a little bit of patience, and a desire to help children. Please email Project and Operations Manager Lauren Gottfredson at to let us know you're coming or with questions. Thank you!

New year, new partners. Please join us in welcoming ROSE Community Development and Pacific Continental Bank to The Intertwine Alliance this month. ROSE CDC revitalizes outer Southeast Portland neighborhoods through the development of good homes and economic opportunities. Its Lents Youth Initiative, launched in 2015 with OPAL Environmental Justice, is a year-round program providing youth ages 14 to 19 leadership and environmental justice training, career development and summer internships. Because of ROSE's solid experience working with youth and its strong relationships with other youth organizations in the region, The Intertwine Alliance recently selected it to run the youth engagement portion of the Daycation initiative this spring and summer. (See below for more on Daycation.) Pacific Continental Bank, founded in Eugene, Oregon, more than 40 years ago, offers banking services and expertise to community-based businesses, nonprofit organizations, healthcare professionals and others. We're excited to bring on our first financial institution as a partner. Welcome to you both!

Big trail to get bigger -- and better. Interested in helping connect some of The Intertwine's key wildlife refuges to a national trail? The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail runs from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific. The National Park Service recently gave Clark County, Washington, a grant to connect it from the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. The Clark County Parks Department, National Park Service and The Intertwine Alliance invite those who have been involved with Clark County Trails Summit gatherings and anyone else interested to attend the first meeting of the master planning process on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Luke Jensen Sports Center in Vancouver. Please RSVP so we'll know how many to expect. Questions? Please email David at

Shape PP&R's 2017 budget. Portland Parks & Recreation has been directed to submit a budget to City Council that reduces its general fund by 5 percent, which means planning to spend about $3.2 million less in 2017 than last year -- and they want your help deciding how to do it. The bureau has assembled a list of possible ways to reduce the budget, including amount saved and positions affected in each scenario, and is asking all Intertwine Alliance partners and friends to identify 10 projects that they would support. Please give your input here by Monday, Jan. 9, at 9 a.m. 

Exciting year ahead in the Gorge. The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation $28 million to complete the Mitchell Point Crossing in the Columbia Gorge. (This may or may not include a new tunnel; check the alternatives study for more information.) These funds will also allow ODOT and partner agencies to complete engineering designs for the final five miles and construct trail connections to Perham Creek and east of Mitchell Point. With the engineering funding secured, Gorge advocates throughout The Intertwine are oh-so-close to completing their vision of creating a world-class experience between Troutdale and The Dalles. Stay tuned for more in 2017!

Choose your own adventure. It's been a while since we've provided a thorough update on Daycation -- and we sure do have a lot to share. For those of you new to the scene, Daycations are personalized adventures around the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region combining parks, trails, beaches, waterways, coffee shops, brewpubs, art, history and other fun waypoints. Intertwine Alliance partners the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Metro, Vive NW and ROSE Community Development are planning a public Daycation launch for the summer of 2017, with adventures being served up by mobile app and on The Intertwine website.
  • Our most exciting announcement is that the beta version of the Daycation mobile app is now available for free download from iTunes. We encourage you to take it for a test walk, share it with your friends, let us know what you think. We'll redeploy volunteer beta testers in the next month or so; please let us know if you'd like to be added to the list of those providing more structured, formal feedback to help us improve the app. Also, while the app is available for iPhone only at this point, an Android version is in the works.
  • We need your Daycations! Here's a fun how-to guide with some helpful hints to get you started, or go straight to the Daycation Creation Station to write up and submit your own trip. Communications Manager Tara Wilkinson will confirm receipt of your Daycation and add it to the app right away (and to the website in the next two months). Anyone can send in a Daycation; our goal is for the broad diversity of Portland-area residents, activities, neighborhoods and interests to be represented. 
  • For the youth engagement program that ROSE CDC has begun organizing, teams of diverse local youth will create Daycations and introduce them to Portlanders, gaining experience and training in conservation, technology and other related fields along the way. We'll share more about this program in coming months; for now, we're looking for organization and business sponsors. To learn more about the perks of being a program supporter ($1,000), team sponsor ($2,500) or Daycation launch title sponsor ($5,000), please email Executive Director Mike Wetter at at your earliest convenience.
Speak up. Last month in our partner-contributed blog, Alliance friend Holly Pruett wrote about rituals and ceremonies performed throughout The Intertwine, while the Port of Portland filled us in on plans for conservation of streaked horned larks and encouraged participation in a public comment period open through Jan. 6. Outside Voice showcases the ideas, opinions and projects of Alliance partners and friends. Please direct your ideas or submissions to blog editor Tara at You can also sign up to receive blog posts by email.

Other headlines from around The Intertwine:
  • The Sauvie Island Center is seeking a new executive director. Interested in leading the team? Apply by this Friday, Jan. 6
  • The 15th Annual Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium (UERC) is coming up on Monday, Feb. 6, at Portland State University. Discounted early bird registration is available through MondayJan. 9.  Sign up now for the most science-tastic event in the metro area!
  • Milagro's world premiere of El Payaso, a play about environmental activist, engineer and clown Ben Linder, starts with a preview on Thursday, Jan. 12, and opening night on Friday, Jan. 13. The Sunday, Jan. 15, matinee will include a resource fair featuring Friends of Trees and other Intertwine partners. The play is part of the Intertwine Project Network. Get your tickets here

  • The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network's annual Sustainability Symposium is set for Friday, Jan. 27, at Portland Community College Sylvania. The GPSEN conference highlights local academic and community research on sustainability issues. Tickets are $10 for the community, $5 for students.
  • Nominations for the 2017 Naito Community Trees Award are open through midnight on Friday, Jan. 27.  The Urban Forestry Commission presents the award each year to one individual and one group for volunteer work in support of Portland’s urban forest. Nominate your Intertwine canopy heroes with this easy online form.
  • Mark your calendars for this year's Portland-area Oregon Outdoor Education Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition's event advances the case that outdoor education is an essential part of who we are as humans and as Oregonians, and is the key to healthy communities, skilled workers and high-performing students.  

Funding Opportunities

Get local. The first of two Oregon Community Foundation Community Grants Program deadlines for 2017 is coming up on Sunday, Jan. 15. (The second is July 15.) OCF awards about 175 grants per cycle, mostly to small- and moderate-size nonprofits. The average grant is $20,000, with selections prioritizing significant community need, local support, and advancement of equity and inclusion. 

Put your project on the map. Proposals for the Gray Family Foundation's 2017 Environmental Education and Geography Education programs are due Friday, Jan. 20. Learn about the foundation's goals and funding priorities here

Go fish. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Grants average $30,000.

Mark your Calendar

Highlights of the month ahead. See the Intertwine calendar for more. 

  • Back by popular demand. An encore of the Pints from the Past community event featuring the Willamette Falls Legacy Project's cultural landscape report is set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego. The free discussion is hosted by the Clackamas County Historical Society and Oregon City Public Library.
  • Woods renewal. Honor Martin Luther King, Jr., on his 2017 Day of Service, Saturday, Jan. 14, by joining SOLVE and local leaders from 9 a.m. to noon for a work party at Baltimore Woods, a recently chartered natural area and 37-acre remnant of vast oak woodland in the St. John's neighborhood of North Portland. Volunteers will seek out marked native plants, clear away invaders around them, and mulch around their bases. Activities will be provided for children ages 6 and up. The Friends of Baltimore Woods will provide guidance, gloves, all the necessary tools, beverages and power snacks. Free. Register here.
  • Dare to hope. The Center for Earth Leadership is offering its Practice of Hope workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at First Christian Church in Portland. The workshop addresses the question of whether, living in a society where bad news seems so prevalent, authentic hope is possible. Hope is explored as an intentional act and practice. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required.
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