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April 2015 Newsletter


The Spring Summit is just three weeks away! Join your wild and wonderful parks/trails/conservation community on Tuesday, April 21, for "Building Regional Impact," The Intertwine Alliance Spring Summit 2015, happening once again at the Oregon Zoo. A senior official from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will attend from Washington, D.C., to make an exciting announcement, one with regional impact. You won't want to miss it! REGISTER TODAY.

For full Summit details, including descriptions of thought-provoking break-out sessions on youth engagement, conservation and public outreach -- plus a pre-Summit event (new to the agenda!) that'll get you in on the ground floor of the blossoming outdoor education movement in Oregon -- click here

Alliance Updates

Three minutes of fame. Want to take stage and share an amazing accomplishment with fellow Spring Summit attendees? A Partner Spotlight portion of the April 21 event will highlight a handful of noteworthy successes. You'll get three minutes and one slide to tell your story. Email Kevin Le at by April 10 if you're interested.

A network for Clark County. On March 3, Clark County environmental, recreation, health and community development professionals came together to envision and begin implementing a network for improving communications and developing productive collaborations. More than 50 individuals were part of a great brainstorming session. Stay tuned for information on future events, or contact David Cohen at 

Volunteers needed for merry time in May. The Intertwine Alliance is coordinating volunteers for the prestigious 2015 International Trails Symposium coming to the Oregon Convention Center May 17-20. We're looking for 150 t0 200 trails enthusiasts in a wide variety of fun, active roles over a five-day period. Benefits include a symposium t-shirt and free admission to one symposium session for each four hours volunteered. Sign up today!

Board member bravo. Don Goldberg, Intertwine Alliance board member and senior project manager with The Trust for Public Land, has been honored with the Collins Award, The Trust for Public Land's highest honor for project staff. Throughout his career, Don has helped build an extensive legacy of urban parks and natural areas in the Portland area, including, recently, the 80-acre Colwood Park in the parks-poor, ethnically diverse Cully Neighborhood of Portland. Congratulations, Don, and stellar work!

Our growing coalition. We're excited that the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has joined our thriving ranks of 130+ partners. Read all about the organization's mission "to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends," along with the details of its good work in various areas. Welcome!

Intertwine News

Funding frenzy! Have a vision for getting rid of weeds, improving water quality, creating fish and wildlife habitat, or restoring nature in the Portland metropolitan area? A 2015 Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant can get your idea off the ground. Pre-applications for small habitat restoration grants up to $25,000 or large restoration grants up to $100,000 are due by April 21. Need help? Make an appointment with Metro staff for the week of April 6-10. Contact Oriana at or (503)797-1834.

New star in our system. Nadaka Nature Park & Garden, located in Gresham's young and diverse Rockwood Town Center, celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Come frolic in the two-acre park's nature-play area, and check out the community garden. Watch (and share!) a short video about the park and its grand opening, or visit the Friends of Nadaka website

Getting down with the GBH. The Audubon Society of Portland invites nonprofits, businesses and government agencies to participate in the 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week, set for May 27 through June 7, by planning a kayak, bicycle ride, hike or other field experience. Engage the public in appreciation of the great blue heron and other native species! Please provide detailed information about your trip no later than Monday, April 6, to Mike Houck:

Step right up. Metro is taking its Annual Trails Fair to an international stage. The first day of the Portland-hosted International Trails Symposium -- Sunday, May 17 -- is Public Awareness Day and will be the setting for this year's trails fair. We need our regional groups to step up and share your pioneering trails work with the rest of the world. Let's show off how truly visionary we are. Register now to be an exhibitor at the fair, or click here for more information.

In case you missed it: The Portland City Council recently voted to expand Portland Parks & Recreation's smoking and tobacco ban throughout the entire parks system. Starting July 1, all city parks, natural areas, community centers, trails, golf courses, recreation areas, and other sites where PP&R park rules apply will be smoke and tobacco-free. More info available here.

Last month in Outside Voice: Guest blogger Caroline Skinner, cofounder of Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park, tells the story of a special slice of native oak habitat along the Columbia River in St. Helens, Oregon. Also Kari Schlosshauer, with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, argues for  more strategic, regional funding for biking and walking

Partner Happenings

  • The Sauvie Island Center is seeking volunteer farm educators to lead hands-on lessons for small groups of children aged preschool through high school this spring. New volunteer training is this Thursday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interested? Complete this volunteer application form. For more info, contact Education Program Manager Shawna Hartung at or 503-341-8627.
  • Ridgefield  National Wildlife Refuge is also seeking volunteers, to help with school group education and weekend staffing at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. Plankhouse docent training is this Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Education volunteer training will be held on three consecutive Fridays: April 10, 17 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More information here
  • The Portland Arbor Day Festival 2015 is bringing free "bucket truck" rides on Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus crafts, games, nature stations and more on Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organized by Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Foresty Division, the festival takes place downtown on the Southwest Park Blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery.
  • In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Legacy Lands Program, Clark County is highlighting two or three recreation sites each month throughout the spring, summer and fall. This month it's Salmon Creek Greenway, 1112 N.E. 117th St., in Vancouver. Join the Audubon Society of Portland for an 8 a.m. bird hike there on April 11, or for an Earth Day Celebration sponsored by Stream Team on April 18
  • In honor of Earth Month, The Center for Earth Leadership is hosting a six-session Climate Agent of Change Leadership Training in downtown Portland starting Tuesday, April 7, along with Earth Day in Music and Song at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland on Friday, April 24
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