The case for nontraditional funding of trails

Private money can speed progress, gain public trust and lead to big results

Pointing to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, two Intertwine planning visionaries suggest that more private funding for big trail projects could reap greater and quicker rewards.

Discover hidden gems north of the Columbia

Celebrating 30 years of the Clark County Legacy Lands Program

In celebration of 30 years of protecting greenspaces, Clark County introduces you to a few less-traversed treasures of The Intertwine: La Center Bottoms, Salmon-Morgan Creeks Natural Area and the Lower Washougal Greenway. 

Does The Intertwine create jobs?

Let's hear what the job creators have to say.

Most of us have heard stories of firms locating to the Portland metro region because of our natural amenities. But until now, they've been just that, anecdotes we pass along as evidence of something we sense but can’t quite prove. Hatfield Fellow Joe Otts recently spent 10 months studying the question; here are his top 10 findings linking economic development and The Intertwine. 

Meeting Johnson Creek

Connected green space, coho & community spirit

The executive director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, new to Portland, views the metro region and its conservation work through fresh eyes.

The little park that could

Oak woodland alive and well in St. Helens

Nob Hill Nature Park, a slice of native oak heaven along the Columbia River in St. Helens, Oregon, was pulled from the brink of invasive-species destruction to become a gem of Columbia County. Spring is a perfect time to enjoy its native plant and bird life. 

How we get there matters

The case for regional investment in active transportation

Many of us remember walking or bicycling to and from school as children. In fact, a generation ago, in 1969, nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population did so. Today that figure stands at 13 percent. One reason for this is a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks, safe bike lanes, and other infrastructure. The partners of The Intertwine Alliance are figuring out how to tackle this and other active-transportation issues, together, on a regional level. 

Tracking down teens

Unconventional job fair boosts youth diversity in environmental careers

Teens attending the Youth Mentoring Collaborative's recent job fair said it felt very different from most job fairs they had attended. Instead of just going from table to table and picking up information, they were encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to make new friends and professional contacts.