Join Us at The Intertwine Fall Summit - October 9th
Dear friends,

An Intertwine autumn is many things: Sandhill cranes whooping it up at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge; gold-capped chanterelles dotting Forest Park; fall Chinook traveling  past Oxbow up the Sandy River. Sure, it's a bit gusty out there sometimes. But time to hibernate? We're not caving!

October Call-out -- As you'll soon see in this newsletter, autumn promises to bring some exciting new multimedia tools to residents of The Intertwine. Support our field work by letting us know: what are YOUR favorite native species?
Alliance Updates

Roll Call.
Back-to-school month saw The Intertwine Alliance swell by three classy new coalition members. Welcome, Forests Forever, Inc., Earth Protect, and the Northwest Earth Institute!
Counting the days! With just one week until our Oct. 9 Fall Summit, Alliance staff are in a heightened state: prepping panelists, ordering hors d'oeurves, finding the right font for the First Annual Champions of The Intertwine Awards. Register now to:
Spotlight on: Vancouver! Clark County partners, look soon for an invitation to join a November planning session for a Vancouver-centric conservation and urban forestry event to be held in early 2014. Contact David for details!
Intertwine News

Today in Outside Voice, Gresham Chamber of Commerce CEO Alison Hart gears up -- literally -- for East Multnomah's new bike tourism initiative. Earlier this month on the Twine Wire, we shared blog posts from the TSWCD's Jen Nelson, Soul River CEO Chad Brown, Eileen Quigley of the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, and Audubon's Tinsley Hunsdorfer.
Raindrops on glasses and whiskers on sturgeon. Here in The Intertwine, water is truly one of our favorite things. That's why we're launching an ambitious video-based campaign with Frank Creative to build awareness of our partners' investments in clean, blue-green waterways. Catch a sneak peek at next week's Summit!

keeping pace with our water campaign are plans for an Intertwine Native Species mobile app -- an exciting interactive tool that could include features like crowdsourced photos, critter directories, and prize giveaways. You guessed it: we'll have another Summit sneak peek!

"You can't have a great city without a strong parks system." Over 100 of you turned out on Sept. 10 to hear former NYC Deputy Parks Director Adrian Benepe at an Intertwine event co-hosted by The Trust for Public Land. From fitness zones to sponge parks and green alleys, Benepe showed how parks across the U.S. play a role in equity, health, economic vitality, and resilience to natural disasters.

Partner Updates

Parke Diem!On the boardwalk (your name here). Johnson Creek Watershed Council is leading a community effort to construct an interpretive boardwalk at the site of the Tacoma St. / Johnson Creek MAX station in SE Portland. JCWC donors quite literally get to be a part of this exciting project, with their names engraved in the boardwalk handrail.
Seize the park! Kicking off Oct 11th and 12th, it's Parke Diem! Portland Parks Foundation's volunteer effort aims to be Portland's biggest ever park-supporting event. With over 70 projects scheduled at 55 sites, dozens of Alliance partners -- including Johnson Creek Watershed Council, KEEN Footwear, Moda Health, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, and many others -- are already engaged in making history. Seize your park via PPF's interactive project map.

Choose your EcoChallengeEarth: habit-forming? For two weeks from October 15-30, new Alliance partner the Northwest Earth Institute is challenging Northwest residents to change one habit for Earth. Choose your EcoChallenge from the Institute's exhaustive list, and they'll connect you with other EcoChallengers, all with the aim of proving that our small actions can create real change.

So Many Good Paths: Metro's Oct. 23rd Quarterly Trails Forum will convene more than 40 regional trail planners and citizen advocates to exchange updates on trail projects, master plans, funding sources, and more. Come for the trail counts, stay for the door prizes! Contact Leslie Knight for more information.

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