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July 2015 Newsletter


It's toasty out there, that's for sure. But a berry-picking, shady trail-meandering, fountain-splashing time is yours for the taking here in The Intertwine.

Summertime cheers to all our partners and friends. See you at the park!

Alliance Updates 
Announcements from the office of The Intertwine Alliance 

Health kick. Thank you to the nature advocates and health professionals who flooded our third Health and Nature Forum on June 11 with so many creative ideas. About 65 people rolled up their sleeves and dug into the possibility of collaborative projects in the areas of workplace wellness, the transformation of school properties, the medical-environmental connection, bike and pedestrian projects, and direct connection with nature through hiking, restoration and education. We examined activities taking place in the region and whether they might be expandable, along with barriers to these efforts. Join us at the fall forum (date to be determined), to begin fleshing out specific projects. 

A very good year. Thanks to Moda Health for hosting a fun, informative and inspirational Intertwine Alliance annual partner meeting on June 19 at the Moda Center. Partners received a "State of The Intertwine" report from Executive Director Mike Wetter, elected the 2015-16 board of directors, and were entertained and inspired by innovation "Innovation Katalyst" Kevin Carroll. See The Alliance 2014-15 annual report here.

Partner high-five. Friends of River View Natural Area, a grassroots initiative to restore and protect natural habitat, wetlands and seven streams within Portland's interior forest, has joined The Alliance's ranks of 130+ partner organization. Welcome to the coalition!

Network to the max. The Intertwine Alliance offers its partners a direct line to one another in the form of a listserv. It's free and easy to use. Once you sign up (see "Partner Updates" on the right side of the page) and set your preferences, simply write an email and send to one address to reach hundreds of people representing Alliance partner organizations. Share volunteer needs, events, new initiatives, job openings or anything of importance to your organization. Complementing our partner calendar, monthly newsletter and social media efforts, the listserv is the best way to mass communicate directly with your Intertwine peers. Sign up today.

Coalition News 
Announcements from Intertwine partner organizations 

Mapping mission. For a second summer, OakQuest, an effort to map Oregon's imperiled white oak trees,  is recruiting citizen scientists. The Intertwine Alliance Oak Mapping Work Group is a partnership of parks and natural resource agencies, non-governmental organizations and others. Volunteers are needed mid-July through August to create a ground-truthed map that will be used to understand and protect white oak habitat. Trainings begin soon; all welcome. Sign up here.

Calling all species ID experts. Are you a plant-mammal-bird-insect-amphibian-reptile-fish-fungi expert?Interested in leading small groups on outings to identify as many species as possible? The Intertwine Alliance Portland-Vancouver Eco-Blitz Series, a collaboration of 13 public and private partners, kicks off September 26 at Vancouver Lake and will continue with blitzes next spring. Help engage people with nature while building the regional species inventory. To learn more or volunteer, contact Shawn James at or 503-808-6724. 

Lace up your hiking boots. The next Metro Quarterly Trails Fair is coming up, on Wednesday, July 22, from 1 to 3:15 p.m. at Metro Regional Center. Hike on over for ice cream bars, photo ops in front of an outdoors backdrop -- and plenty of timely trails news and business.

Parks powerhouse. The Portland Parks Foundation is hiring an executive director. With a staff of three and an annual operating budget of nearly $250,000, the foundation has provided more than $10 million over the past 13 years to support parks projects. To apply, email a letter, four references and complete chronological resume to by Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. Put “Portland Parks” in the subject line.

Help is on the way. If you need assistance developing a close-to-home park or greenway, would like to engage youth, or want to build more sustainable partnerships, apply to the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program through August 1. The RTCA Program is reserving an award specifically for an Intertwine Alliance partner! Learn more in this short video, or apply today. 

Grateful farewell. After more than 20 years of making a difference in our community, the Coalition for a Livable Future is closing its doors. Celebrate its sizable contributions to The Intertwine and hear about groundwork being laid for an even stronger Equity Atlas at a party on Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland. Thank you for your important legacy, CLF.

Changing course. The Northwest Earth Institute  has released a new e-book, Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions, to help communities and organizations mitigate the impacts of climate change. The five-session discussion course is available for $27.  You can also start a discussion group.

Outdoor ed for grown-ups. Nonprofit organization Confluence and the Wapato Valley School are launching a series of place-based educational experiences for adults. Courses focus on the history of the Northwest, identity, and the environment at sites of cultural or geological importance. The first session, "Our Relationship to Place: Two Perspectives on the Columbia River," takes place Aug. 22 at Fort Vancouver and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Get outside: Here's what went down last month in Outside Voice
  • Guest blogger Lori Hennings of Metro describes an Intertwine Alliance effort to map -- and ultimately protect and save -- the imperiled Oregon white oak.
  • Willie Levenson of Human Access Project brings you River Huggers, a swim team leaping  into the Willamette three mornings a week to raise awareness of the joys and safety of recreating in Portland's river.
  • David Porter shares the fascinating history of Leach Botanical Garden, and seeks public input on designs for its new Upper Garden.

Partner Happenings 
Highlighted events throughout The Intertwine. For more, see the partner calendar

  • Only in P-town! Two years ago, 936 tree huggers set a Guinness World Record at Hoyt Arboretum. Now more than 1200 huggers are needed to top the latest record, set by South Korea. TreeHug PDX: The World's Greatest Tree Hug is Saturday, July 18, from noon to 3 p.m. 
  • Sneak peek.  Sign up to tour the site of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project the morning of Saturday, July 25, as part of downtown Oregon City's First City Celebration. In May, the team of Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG were chosen as the design team for the new Willamette Falls Riverwalk.
  • Mt. Talbert meander. Explore the rugged beauty of this unique lava dome and white oak woodland with a Metro naturalist, gaining a basic understanding of the region's geology. Stories in the Stones on Mount Talbert is Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. 
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