Explore the Intertwine

December 2016 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.
'Twine Tuesday. It's time for our quarterly huddle of the Intertwine Project Network! Project leaders and anyone interested in becoming part of the network, let's gather next Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at David Evans and Associates (home to The Intertwine Alliance). Each of these meetings aims to deliver a take-home tool or resource along with providing quality time to network and advance your collaborative projects. This quarter, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) will lead a workshop about facilitating projects and meetings in a way that is sensitive to cultural differences. Cultures approach social and business relationships in different ways; this training will improve understanding of those differences and help you encourage participation, be more inclusive, build stronger relationships and get better outcomes. Lunch will be catered by Mauritian food cart Chez Dodo -- a very special treat. Please join us, and RSVP as soon as possible so we know how many to expect. Questions? Email Lauren at 

Coalition good cheer. The Intertwine Alliance is honored and excited to welcome the City of Tualatin and the Skyline Tavern Project -- bringing the total number of Alliance partners to 160, just in time for the holidays! On behalf of all members of our coalition, we look forward to creating positive change together.

Give big! As always, this year's Willamette Week Give!Guide features many worthy and inspirational Intertwine Alliance partners. It's a fun, easy way to support causes and efforts that our community holds dear. Pick one (or three!) Alliance partners on the list, then donate on Big Give Days for a chance to win a Salt & Straw ice cream party (Dec. 8) or a package of fabulous Oregon get-aways (Dec. 15). 

Latino youth and our public lands. This month in our partner-contributed blog, the U.S. Forest Service's Diana H. Perez fills us in on an exciting pilot project, a conservation conference for local Latino youth. Spoiler alert: It was a huge success; another is planned for 2017; and Diana invites you to get involved! Outside Voice showcases the ideas, opinions and projects of Alliance partners. 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:
  • Portland Parks & Recreation wants to know what you think about a new Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center at NW Yeon/Hwy 30 and NW Kittridge. Fill out and submit this form by Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 p.m. to shape the project with your preferences.
  • The final community event for Forest Grove's new Chehalem Ridge Nature Park is set for Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. An unveiling of the recommended park plan will be followed by a chance for the public to weigh in. Light refreshments provided; kids and families welcome. 
  • Portland State University researchers are trying to better understand transportation behaviors. Help them out by taking this 30-minute survey about your commuting experiences by Friday, Dec. 16.
  • 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 Jan. 9. Don't miss the heaviest-hitting science and conservation event of The Intertwine year. 

Funding Opportunities

Money for Multnomah County. Applications for the next round of Partners in Conservation grants, which fund conservation and education projects serving residents within the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River), are due Thursday, Dec. 15. Projects must show a clear public benefit in soil health, water conservation or quality, habitat restoration, watershed health, environmental education, or capacity building for conservation. Awards range from $5,000 to $60,000, or up to $100,000 per year for multi-year PIC Plus projects. Contact Grants Program Manager Suzanne Easton at with questions or for project feedback.

Fish for funds. 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, with a focus on these funding priorities:
  • on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration;
  • meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 evironmental curriculum;
  • measurable ecological, educational and community benefits;
  • partnerships: projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.
Getting kids outdoors. The 2017 grant cycle for Gray Family Foundation's Environmental Education and Geography Education programs is now open, with proposals due Friday, Jan. 20. Learn about the foundation's goals and funding priorities here

Mark your Calendar

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

  • The amazing lamprey! Umatilla Tribe member and local Pacific lamprey expert Gabe Sheoships will give a talk about the cultural and scientific importance of this ancient, native fish on TuesdayDec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Native American Student & Community Center in downtown Portland. Lamprey are both an important Native American food source and a scientific indicator of healthy watersheds. Please RSVP for the free event hosted by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the PSU Indigenous Nations Studies Program.
  • Health-nature connection. The World Forestry Center and Carpe Diem West are bringing together a panel of experts -- including Bobby Cochran of Alliance partner Willamette Partnership -- for a conversation about the connection between forests, water quality and human health on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Cost is $5 for students and $10 general admission; register here
  • Know any teens looking for employment? The Youth Mentoring Collaborative -- a group of 50+ organizations, many of them Intertwine Alliance partners -- will host its 3rd Youth Environmental Job Fair on Friday, Dec. 30, at Matt Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland. The time is still to be determined, so please stay tuned. The annual event is youth-led and connects hundreds of youth, primarily of color, with exciting job prospects. Please direct inquiries to 
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