|November 2014 Newsletter
We're so excited about the Fall Intertwine Alliance Summit coming up this month, and we really hope to see you there! As an incentive to sign up early, if you register by this Friday, Nov. 7, you'll get a free drink ticket for the social hour.
"Play, Learn, Serve, Work: A Summit on Youth, Nature and Leadership"
is set for Friday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m., at the Oregon Zoo. It's
sure to be full of inspiration, ideas and connection with Intertwine
friends old and new. We're particularly looking forward to a workshop
led entirely by Momentum Alliance youth.
We'll also announce this year's Force of Nature Awards, honoring and celebrating some very special colleagues. Please join us!
Health & Nature work zooms forward. Thanks to all who
participated in The Intertwine Alliance’s second Health and Nature Forum
on Oct. 15. The chance to bring together environmental, health and
community leaders to explore the intersections of our work was again
enormously fruitful as we laid the foundation of what we think will be
an important, groundbreaking effort. We’ll share the output of our
discussions with all our partners soon. Stay tuned for our next
Forum, coming some time this winter, at which we’ll build our action
plan and take this effort to the next level.
It's raining ... partners! A big welcome to new Intertwine Alliance partners Oregon Public Health Institute, David Evans and Associates, and The Wild Network. OPHI is an independent nonprofit committed to building
communities of healthy people by advancing policies, plans and practices
addressing pressing health concerns. David Evans and Associates
are nationwide leaders in the design and management of transportation,
land development, water resources, and energy projects. And some of you
may remember The Wild Network, our British
friends who brought the documentary "Project Wild Thing" to the
Portland-area last month with a series of events about getting kids into
nature. Welcome to the Alliance!
New on the block. A big thank you to the Audubon Society of Portland for leading us to Dakota Gaines, The Intertwine Alliance's new part-time office
assistant. A TALON Program
member passionate about connecting children with nature as a camp
counselor, Dakota is a recent graduate of Centennial High School and
nursing program at Mt. Hood Community College in the spring. One of her
favorite nature activities is to pick a "sit spot, taking at least a
from the city rush to listen to the wind, the birds, the bugs." So glad
you're with us, Dakota!
Ramona, we'll miss you. Intertwine Alliance Writer &
Editor Ramona DeNies is handing off her duties as Outside Voice blog
guru and contributor of amazing feature stories to become an assistant
editor at Portland Monthly magazine. We're so grateful to Ramona
for all her brilliant work, and look forward to
following her rising journalism career. Good luck in this exciting new chapter, Ramona;
we'll see you around The Intertwine!
Last photographers standing: Thanks to everyone who participated in The Intertwine photo contest the past four months --
and to KEEN for donating all those beautiful shoes. It's been fun, and full of
spectacular photographs. Congratulations to the final round of winners: Meg Tucker, Jessica Selig, Amy Deeter, Eustacia Miliusis and Dawn Shelton. You can see their colorful contributions here.
Parks vote TOMORROW! On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of both Portland and Clackamas
County have an opportunity to weigh in on parks funding.
- The Parks Replacement Bond, Measure
26-159, would raise up to $68 million to address the most critical needs
and to keep Portland's parks safe and open. "Fix Our Parks" is designed to
invest in major maintenance, such as replacing failing playgrounds,
preserving access by repairing bridges
and trails, and preventing emergency closures at swimming pools.
This measure would continue to fund parks at the same tax rate as the
expiring rate, and would not increase the current tax rate. See more at www.fixourparks.org.
Canopy in the city. On Tuesday, November 18, join city
planners, urban foresters, elected officials, local developers, home
builders, grassroots organizations, local businesses, and community
activists from throughout The Intertwine for the Urban Forestry Summit,
a hands-on workshop to explore cutting edge approaches to urban tree
policy and promotion. We'll work together to produce a best-practice
document to share nationwide. The event is being led by Tualatin
Riverkeepers, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department
of Natural Resources, Oregon Community Trees, Clean Water Services,
Teragan and Associates, Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan
Portland, the City of Tigard, Tualatin Basin Partners for Clean Water,
the USDA Forest Service, the Bullitt Foundation and Meyer Memorial
Trust. It's part of a larger Intertwine Alliance initiative to advance
urban forestry in the region. Learn more, or register today.
- For Clackamas County voters, Ballot Measure 3-451
would reform the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District as an
independent district with a higher level of funding. Increased funds
would be available for forest, water and fish protection; access to the
outdoors; programs; and maintenance of existing assets. See more at www.voteforparks.org.
Conservation grants, come and get 'em! Have an
innovative idea for connecting people with nature? Consider Metro’s
Nature in Neighborhoods program. Small grants up to $25,000 and large
grants up to $100,000 are available for a wide variety of projects, such
as nature education for children, job training for
nature-based careers, and building capacity for groups to connect communities to nature. Apply
by Jan. 13, 2015. The Intertwine Alliance can help connect you with
other partner organizations to brainstorm projects and apply
collectively. You can also learn more about the parameters and process
at a grant workshop on Nov. 5
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand
Portland. Or contact the grants coordinator
Help bringing in the dollars. Thinking about applying for a 2015 Partners in Conservation or PIC Plus Grant? Everything you need is now available online.
Please note that applications are due earlier this year, by 4 p.m. on
Monday, Dec. 15. Projects must address soil
health, water conservation/quality, habitat restoration, watershed
health, and/or environmental education. Looking to strengthen your grant
application? The East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
will host two workshops to clarify requirements, on Oct.
22 and Nov. 13. Reserve your space at email@example.com or 503-935-5370.
Cozy up with fall reading material: Last week in Outside Voice, Metro's Juan Carlos Ocaña-Chíu looked at the role of soccer in our public parks,
reflecting on his personal experiences, sports-related social change,
and the Portland World Cup. Other recent pieces, in case you
Where kids can be wild things. Portland
Parks & Recreation's first-ever permanent nature-based play area
has opened at Westmoreland Park, SE McLoughlin Blvd and SE Bybee Blvd.
The playscape abounds with logs and boulders, sand and water play,
hills, and opportunities to build with branches, pine cones
and more. The new playscape is a pilot project for PP&R's
Nature-Based Play Initiative, which aims to build settings for creative play and nature interaction in developed parks.
Kickin' hunger out of Clark County. The Mt. Adams Institute and
Comeback Sports are hosting a Vancouver Community Soccer Tournament and
Food Drive supporting the Clark County Food Bank on Nov. 29 at the Luke Jensen Sports Complex. Registration is open for co-ed teams of 7 to 10 players, payable with $10 or 10 cans of food. Sign up, donate or get more information.
H2O 101. Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Portland Water Bureau for Groundwater 101,
a free workshop teaching groundwater basics like local
geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water
system, and how to protect this important resource. The
interactive workshop is appropriate for adults and high school students
age 14 and older. It's Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland. Pre-registration is required.
Boosting your science. How can you take the big leap from collecting data to reporting meaningful information? Intertwine Alliance partner Sitka Technology Group
will address this very question at an "Emerging Technologies in Field
Data Collection" workshop on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
University of Oregon's White Stag Building in Portland. Learn how
emerging technologies can reduce monitoring costs and improve results by
providing scientists with more time to analyze and compile data. If
you've used digital devices in the field, fill out this survey
for a chance to win an iPad Mini. (Must be present at the workshop to
win.) For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or register here.
Wanna run the show? Here's a job for you: The Johnson
Watershed Council seeks an executive director to lead five staff
members, an active board, and a diverse group of volunteers
protect and restore one of Oregon's most densely populated watersheds.
With an annual budget of $500,000, the Council operates programs in
ecological restoration, monitoring and research, volunteer stewardship,
community outreach, environmental education and regional land use
advocacy. Its offices are in
Milwaukie, near Portland's Sellwood neighborhood. Learn more about the JCWC and Johnson Creek.
To apply, email a resume, cover letter and three references by
November 14 to Cathy Geiger at email@example.com. Please use PDF or
Microsoft Word format for attachments.
Bike-loving gig in East Multnomah County: The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce
and Visitors Center is hiring a part-time Bicycle Tourism Initiative
Project Coordinator to implement the East Multnomah County Bicycle Tourism Initiative.
The project engages a diverse coalition to leverage resources for
economic development and job creation by increasing bicycle
tourism. For more information, including a full list of job
responsibilities, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To
apply, submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
The position is open until filled.
For more November events, see the Intertwine Alliance partner calendar.