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October 2015 Newsletter

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 143 public, private and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. 

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Alliance Updates 

See you at the Summit! Registration is now open for The Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit 2015, happening Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Oregon Zoo. Attendance is limited to 200 people, and we're already halfway full. So act fast! Along with small-group discussions about partner projects (view list) that will form the heart of the afternoon, we're looking forward to an artist presentation, a sneak peek at the upcoming Our Common Ground Film Series, and an announcement about an exciting addition to Portland park lands. We'll spend the last 1.5 hours making merry with drinks and hors d'ouevres. As always, it's free for first-time Summit attendees, $10 for partners, and $20 for non-partners. Don't miss the soiree of the season! 

Walking & biking Un-Forum. Where's the risk- taking? The edge? The provocation? Where are the new voices in the active transportation conversation? Join us Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. for The Intertwine Alliance Active Transportation Un-Forum, sponsored by PSU's Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. "How We Get There Matters," a creative platform for community dialogue on transportation, will consist of topic ideas submitted by you and voted on the day of the event. Attendance is limited to 75; register by emailing, noting your organization and your title/role within the organization.

Our Common Ground Film Series. Need some fun and mental stimulation for your chilly fall/winter evenings? The Intertwine Alliance is here to help, with the new Our Common Ground Film Series coming up on the second Wednesdays of December, January and February. First up is "The Olmsted Vision: Past, Present and Future," a free and festive evening hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation on Dec. 9 at the McMenamins Mission Theater. Consulting producer Laurence Cotton will introduce the film "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America," followed by a panel discussion imagining the advice Olmsted would give today. So mark your calendars, and plan on a fun evening out with friends.

Get in on UERC 2016. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 14th Annual Urban Ecosystem and Conservation Symposium, set for Monday, Feb. 8, at Portland State University, will be accepted through Nov. 23. Relevant fields include biological, chemical, physical and social sciences;  land-use planning; habitat management and restoration; citizen science; and environmental education. Abstracts should focus on sharing results, lessons learned, or information about opportunities and resources. Click here for more about The Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium, to access the abstract submission form, or to register for the event. 

Water works. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting proposals for its Urban Waters Small Grants program through Nov. 20. Total estimated funding is $1.6 million, with each award expected to range from $40,000 to $60,000. Proposals should advance the EPA's water quality and environmental justice goals with projects addressing urban runoff pollution, partnerships and underserved communities. 
Thinking about climate. What lies ahead for Oregon’s primary population center, bread basket, garden and playground? Four thought leaders weigh in on "Climate Change and the Willamette Valley: What should we worry about? What should we do?" on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the University of Oregon's White Stag Building in Portland. Catch Pam Wiley, director of Meyer Memorial Trust’s Willamette River Initiative; David Hulse, University of Oregon landscape professor and coauthor of the Willamette River Basin Atlas;  Mike Houck, urban naturalist, Portland Planning commissioner, and founder of the Urban Greenspaces Institute; and John Miller of Wildwood/Mahonia. The panel discussion is a program of the UO John Yeon Center. $10 suggested contribution. RSVP to

Up for the Challenge? The NW Earth Institute invites you to change your life for good by participating in the 2015 EcoChallenge. For two weeks this October 15-29, challenge yourself to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. "Connect With Earth," a new category this year, encourages people to get outside more -- perfect for The Intertwine! For inspiration, and to sign up, visit

Talk trails. Get all the latest news on trails projects, while networking with fellow trails professionals, at the Metro Quarterly Trails Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3:15 p.m. at Metro Council Chambers, 600 NE Grand, Portland. 

Build trails. Dream of blazing that one special trail? Consider applying for a regional trails grant through Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods program. Small grants up to $25,000 and  large grants up to $100,000 will be given for projects that implement the regional trails plan, specifically by increasing access to nature for trail users. Get help at a grant workshop on Tuesday, October 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland.  Funding for this $500,000 first-time trails program comes from Metro’s 2013 natural areas levy. The application deadline is Nov. 3. Learn more.

Now hiring. Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions is seeking its next director. Lead a team solving sustainability challenges in Portland and beyond with innovative cross-disciplinary research, critical skill-building curriculum, and community engagement. Job description here; applications due Oct. 13. 
Get Outside. Last month in Outside Voice, guest blogger Erica Timm of Friends of Trees shared the ways that health grows on trees, while Mike Faha of GreenWorks, PC, explored what makes the new nature-based play area in Southeast Portland's Westmoreland Park so relevant and successful. Submit your blog post to, or sign up to receive blog email notifications

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

  • "Forest Art," an exhibit of art created by children ages 3 to 12, opens with a reception on Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the World Forestry Center. Catch the exhibit through the end of November. 
  • Stock up on native trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials at  Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s 10th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale. Plant experts and THPRD park rangers will help gardeners make choices for their landscapes. It's Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center in Beaverton; proceeds go toward park improvements and environmental education.
  • Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, will talk about nurturing a culture of walking and cycling in a community that heavily favors auto travel, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Reynolds is heading an ambitious plan that includes doubling the number of people riding bicycles for transportation. The PSU Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture at Portland's Ecotrust building is free but requires an RSVP
  • Parke Diem, Portland Parks Foundation's annual citywide work party bringing hundreds of volunteers out to 45 parks, is set for Oct 9 and 10. Projects include renovating baseball diamonds, building hiking trails, planting 10,000 crocus bulbs, starting new community garden plots, and removing invasive species from natural areas. Register today! 

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