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August 2015 Newsletter

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 140 public, private and nonprofit organizations working together to advance our regional system of parks, trails and natural areas. We are a convener that helps our community tap new sources of funding, leverage existing investments, and engage the full diversity of residents with the outdoors and nature.

Alliance Updates 

Committed to change. About 100 representatives of Intertwine Alliance partner organizations, other friends of the coalition, and Alliance staff participated in a full-day workshop led by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training on July 16. The thought-provoking session focused on the definition and meaning of "culture," a brief history of racism in the U.S., the dominant white power center, and institutions' roles in maintaining this power arrangement. We began evaluating our own organizations in terms of  interrupting this system and effecting change. Just the tip of the iceberg -- but luckily, Crossroads will be back for a more in-depth session from Oct. 6-8. Stay tuned for an invitation and application later this week.

Our growing coalition. Please join us in welcoming three new partners to The Intertwine Alliance: Momentum Alliance, Resources for Health and the Territorial Riders Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon. So glad to have you all!

Victory for outdoor school! In early July, the Oregon House of Representatives followed the lead of the Senate, passing for the first time a state commitment to outdoor school programs. The Oregon Outdoor School Law gives Oregon State University Extension Service the responsibility of creating a model outdoor school curriculum, providing support for outdoor school set-up and programming, and overseeing distribution of state funds to qualifying programs. It's a major win for the Outdoor School for All campaign, and for all Oregon kids. However, despite the high level of support and enthusiasm around the state, the legislature did not approve funding for this work. Please help the effort to find a stable, sufficient source of funding by signing this petition.
Up with oak. Live in north Clackamas County and have Oregon white oak in your yard or neighborhood? Interested in landscaping practices to enhance oak habitat and species? Beginning in spring 2016, The Intertwine Alliance Oak Mapping Work Group will facilitate a "naturescaping with native oak" workshop series taught by oak/prairie landscaping specialist Mark Griswold Wilson. Think you might want in? Register your interest with this short survey.

Shape the future of southwest Washington. Clark County has released its proposed long-range vision for an interconnected system of parks, trails and open spaces -- and really wants feedback from community members. Email your brilliant thoughts to

And the ways you get from here to there. Give your two cents (or more!) about the future of transportation in the Portland region by taking Metro's quick poll about the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan. The plan identifies investments to be made in roads, sidewalks, bikeways, transit and freight routes. It's time to update it and to look ahead to what our transportation system can and should be in 2040. 

Funding alert. Could your community environmental project use a kick-start? Consider applying for a North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action grant. This year's focus is sustainable communities/urban initiatives, and the application deadline is Aug. 26. 

Partnership pay-off. Metro has announced its 2015 Nature in Neighborhood grant recipients -- a whopping $2.8 million going to 22 projects! Favored proposals emphasized collaboration and partnership -- and hey, that's what The Intertwine Alliance is all about. We're proud to see so many partners on the list. View the full list of recipients here.

Bird brains. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded $7 million in grants to 64 community-led wetland, stream and coastal restoration projects across the nation through its Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. We're thrilled to announce that the Audubon Society of Portland, along with the City of Portland and eight other partners, is one of them, receiving $50,000 for "Bird-Friendly Portland." The goal of the two-year project is to raise awareness of migratory birds and the hazards they face in urban landscapes, and to implement strategies to reduce these hazards. Kudos to you!

Seat up for grabs. The City of Gresham has a spot available on its Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee, and is looking for passionate community members to join its work. Applications will be kept on file for future vacancies. Find out more about the committee and apply here

Three cheers for you! One important job of the Outside Voice blog is to share the victories and advances of 0ur innovative, endlessly creative and committed Alliance partners. Want an example? Glad you asked! Last month, guest blogger Susan Barnes of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife introduced the helpful and hot-off-the-presses Turtle Guide for conservation of native species. Now it's your turn to share your story; email blog editor Tara Wilkinson at 

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

  • "Support Your Park" at the World Forestry Center on Saturday, Aug. 15, comes with free admission to the Discovery Museum and free trekking poles with the purchase or renewal of membership to several local parks and gardens.
  • The Momentum Alliance is breaking ground with its first Momentum Convention on Saturday, Aug. 22. About 100 diverse young leaders will share a celebratory evening with 200 community guests. Festivities to include stories, food, music, poetry and more. Learn more and purchase tickets here
  • Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council for one of its most challenging and productive events of year, the Johnson Creek Clean Up, on Saturday, Aug. 29. Walk in teams, removing trash from designated stream segments, and enjoy a barbecue and awards ceremony afterward. Last year's event removed 3.5 tons from the stream!
Add your organization's events to The Intertwine Alliance partner calendar. Click here to learn how.
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