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Dear Friends,

Here in The Intertwine, October's federal government shutdown didn't slow us down. From Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's 14th Annual Birdfest, to UTNE Reader's mentions of Metro's Michelle DePass and BTA's Gerik Kransky, to The Oregonian's Oct. 29th walk with SW Trails' Don Baack, our partners continue to strut their stuff, rain or shine.

November Call-out. Six acres of white oak savanna? Funding for the Red Electric trail? What's your organization's biggest holiday wish? We're keeping a list -- destined for publication in a special issue of our blog Outside Voice -- so make sure to email us your one-line wish!
Alliance Updates

Camas blooms                                  in West Linn's White Oak SavannaRoll Call. It's not just the rare but glorious autumn sun that has us beaming. In October we welcomed three new partners: Soul River, Neighbors for a Livable West Linn, and the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.
It's all you! Your work this year to help pass the Natural Areas levy will pay off next year in new grant funding opportunities through Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grant program. We're pleased that Intertwine initiatives are listed in the Community Partnership category. However, in keeping with our commitment to collaborate rather than compete with our partners, The Intertwine Alliance will not itself be applying. We encourage our partners to take full advantage of this opportunity, and certainly hope some Alliance-inspired projects are submitted! Applications are due in January, and Metro is offering a free grant workshop on Nov. 14th.

Intertwine News

Green Time!Nature heals, and we've got the blog to prove it. This week in Outside Voice, Dr. Kurt Beil of the National College of Natural Medicine shows why "Green Time" is the best Me Time. In October, we featured guest bloggers Blane Meier of First City Cycles ("Pearl of Clackamas"), Earth Protect Productions' Morgan Rider ("Going Viral in The Intertwine"), Cassie Cohen of Groundwork Portland ("Right to Fish"), the Northwest Earth Institute's Mike Mercer ("Choose Your EcoChallenge"), and Alison Hart of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce ("Pedal-Ready").

Summit - done it! From data-crunching workshops to expert panelists and partner updates, 230 of you whooped it up with us at our Oct. 9th Fall Summit. Read more here...

Seven forces of nature, one room. This year's Fall Summit was enlivened  by the first annual  Force of Nature Awards: recognizing seven organizations, projects and people for outstanding conservation efforts from Clark County to the Tualatin River. Please join us in applauding the 2013 Force of Nature Awardees:

One Intertwine, justice for all. Following the wonderful turnout at our summertime environmental justice dialogue at the June Key Delta Center, we're collaborating with several partners to kick-start an ongoing equity and inclusion initiative with former National Park Service Deputy Director Mickey Fearn. Have suggestions? Interested in participating? Contact Emily.

Partner Updates

Parke Diem! at Vestal Community                                  GardenCleaning up! On Oct. 11th and 12th, the Portland Parks Foundation's Parke Diem swept the floor with its own goal -- drawing 1,400 volunteers to 73 work parties across town. That's some serious park love!

Extreme waste reducer Betty Shelley, profiled in The Portland Tribune, was one of 2,300 heroes who made the Northwest Earth Institute's 2013 EcoChallenge a record success! 2,300 people participated in NWEI's Oct. 15-30 competition, representing 39 U.S. states, three continents, and marking a 100 percent increase from last year's 1,188 participants.
Gorge on tap!Gorge on tap.  Friends of the Columbia Gorge presents a new 3D Gorge Map at a Nov.19th happy hour at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall on NW Quimby. Also on tap for Intertwiners: autumn "Play & Stay" opportunities, updates on Gorge energy exports, and $3 off delicious pitchers!

And congratulations to the 13 Alliance partners selected for Willamette Week's 2013 Give Guide! We hope that WW's innovative philanthropy tool results in an outpouring of year-end support for the following organizations as well the many nonprofit partners in The Intertwine Alliance -- all hard at work to make The Intertwine a better place for everyone.

Partners selected for WW's 2013 Give Guide:
2013 Give Guide

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