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September 2015 Newsletter

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 142 public, private 
and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. 

Interested in joining our work? Here's how.


Alliance Updates 

Save the date: A new kind of Summit. The Intertwine Alliance is putting a new twist on its biannual gathering of partners and friends. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m., we'll host a summit without the usual talking heads or formal break-outs. Well, okay, there will be a little of that. But we’ve listened closely, and translated your good thinking into a new approach. The fall summit at the Oregon Zoo will focus on you -- our partners -- and opportunities to network, share what you are doing, and hear what's happening with projects you want to learn more about. We'll spend the bulk of the afternoon rotating around the room for 10-to-20 person discussions on your choice of projects -- from the Connecting to Nature Continuum, OakQuest, youth engagement, equity and inclusion work, the new Quarterly Conservation Forums, and many others. Stay tuned for details and registration information.

Connecting in Clark. The next meeting of The Intertwine Alliance Clark County Network is set for Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver. It will be a time to find out what’s going on, connect with new and old friends, and think strategically about addressing the county’s critical environmental and recreational needs. Stick around afterward for a no-host social gathering at McMenamins on the Columbia. RSVP to

Introducing the Our Common Ground Film Series. Hold onto your hats, and  clear your social calendars this fall and winter, because The Intertwine Alliance is starting a film series! First up: "The Olmsted Vision: Past, Present and Future," a free and festive evening at the McMenamins Mission Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Consulting producer Laurence Cotton will introduce the screening of "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America," followed by a panel discussion imagining the advice Olmsted would give us today. The series will continue with exciting film events on the second Wednesdays in January and February; stay tuned for film titles and topics. 

Partners aplenty. Consulting firm BergerABAM and nonprofit Willamette Partnership have  joined our flourishing coalition, bringing the current Alliance partner count to a whopping 142. With offices in Portland and Vancouver, Washington, BergerABAM works in planning, civil and structural engineering, environmental services, public involvement and more. Willamette Partnership helps build collaborative solutions to complex conservation problems, in a variety of very cool ways. Welcome to you both!

A must-see. Momentum Alliance and Metro asked community members in our region about equity -- what it looks like and what it means to them. Hear what they have to say, on topics ranging from parks to transportation, here

If you build it. 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 plan, restore and build trails in the Portland metropolitan area. 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.

Access for all. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's "Model Community Sports Park" campaign, with its focus on access for people of all abilities, was recently chosen in a coast-to-coast competition to be part of the National Park and Recreation Association's crowd-funding platform "Fund Your Park." On August 25, the campaign to design, build and program the $9.5-million, 22-acre park went live, and will continue for one month. A big focus is the "Champions Too Field," where the needs of people with disabilities have been integrated from the beginning. 

One salamander, two salamanders. Take part in  a new citizen science movement, and contribute to the inventory of local species. The Intertwine Alliance Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series continues Saturday, Sept. 26, with an event at Vancouver Lake Regional Park from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free and open to all ages.

Status symbol. What do Forest Park's Wildwood Trail and the Willamette River Water Trail have in common? Well, for one thing, they both have National Recreation Trail (NRT) status. Interested in NRT designation for a trail you manage? This year's round of applications are due Nov. 1. Learn all about the program here

Ready to lead? The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2015 Pacific Northwest Regional Fellowship for environmental and social change leaders in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The program offers intensive leadership and skills training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. If you're interested, you'll need to act fast: The application deadline is Sept. 4.

Tree talk. "The Cost of Not Maintaining Your City's Trees," a free brown-bag seminar presented by the Oregon Department of Forestry, is coming to Oregon City on Tuesday, Sept. 15. To RSVP and get more information, for a list of other cities hosting the seminar, or to indicate interest in scheduling the seminar in your city, contact Kristin Ramstad at 503-945-7390 or

Your turn. Now that summer is coming to a close, it's time to put on your thinking caps, pull out your tablets (paper or computer variety), and compose an Outside Voice blog post about your successes, innovations, inspirations and big ideas. In August, college student Ricki Ruiz of the Rockwood Initiative inspired us with his activism in getting a futsal court for "Snake Park" in Gresham, while PSU's Vivek Shandas shared how heat island and tree maps can improve human health in the hottest and dirtiest parts of The Intertwine. 

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

  • Find out what's going on with the Willamette Falls Riverwalk at a kick-off celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum. Meet the design team and get involved in the transformation of this industrial space into a vibrant community place.
  • Choose from more than 27 projects throughout  the Portland metro region -- and help make The Intertwine sparkle -- at SOLVE's annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 19. Sign up here
  • On Sunday, Sept. 20, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's Sunday Trailways will showcase Waterhouse Trail, a four-mile, ADA-accessible trail passing through wetlands, meadows and parks. Walk, bike, hike or roll the route from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with entertainment and environmental education along the way.
  • Parke Diem, Portland Parks Foundation's annual citywide work party bringing 1500 volunteers out to 50 parks, is set for Oct 9 and 10. Volunteer registration is in full swing.

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