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Dear Friends,

All charged up. Across The Intertwine, our summer sunshine is now interrupted by the occasional lightening storm. The air is electric, and we know why. It's you! Our September newsletter is abuzz with exciting updates, partner activities, and your sizzling successes.

 September Call-out - With cooler weather ahead, we're getting our house in order: checking our website for where dust gathers or tools go unused. Help us prepare to revamp the website by telling us what's working and where we could improve.
Alliance Updates

Falling for our newest partners.
A bend in the river, a break in the trees, and here they are -- The Intertwine Alliance's charming new partners. Please join us in welcoming the wonderful Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and Sitka Technology Group.
And heralding our champions. Debuting at The Intertwine Alliance's Oct. 9th Fall Summit -- the first annual Champions of The Intertwine Awards! Nominate your heroes by Sept 15th in these three award categories:
  • Outstanding Organizational Achievement and/or Special Project
  • Outstanding Young Professional
  • Lifetime Achievement
Date with the future. The Alliance Fall Summit may still be a month away, but we're already scheduling for our spring summit -- and we'd like you to be there! Let Irene know which date you prefer: March 12 or 19?

Intertwine News

The man behind the plan. 150 people have registered for today's RSVP-only reception with former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, presented by The Intertwine and the Trust for Public Land. They'll hear from the man behind the "most ambitious program of building and refurbishing New York City's parks since the era of Robert Moses."
From tough love to worlds colliding, our August guest bloggers weren't shy about using their Outside Voice. Portland Parks Foundation's Nick Hardigg cautioned that medals don't make our park system gold-plated; Peregrine Edison-Lahm of Defenders of Wildlife urged Intertwiners to ground truth local restoration projects; the Urban Greenspaces Institute's Mike Houck said don't sign that petition!; Nick Falbo of Alta Planning crunched five years of Metro trail count data; and Audubon’s Tinsley Hunsdorfer offered praise for dirty windows.
Trail trackers. As announced by guest blogger Nick Falbo on Aug. 28th, the Intertwine Trail Use Snapshot is out! Download this comprehensive document to learn the what, where, when and who of trail use. And add to future knowledge by signing up to join this week's annual Metro Trail Counts.

Partner Updates

Build Gateway GreenCrowdfunding Gateway Green. Eight years ago, Gateway Green was just a wild idea. Now, supporters are on the verge of turning these 38 unused acres between I-84 and I-205 into an urban recreation destination. On Thursday, Sept. 5th, Friends of Gateway Green kick-started their crowdfunding campaign. Let's reach into our pockets for a partner!
School, soil, support. The Multnomah Education Service District Outdoor School Program has received a $200,000 donation from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). Funds will help Multnomah County students to attend Outdoor School during the 2013-14 school year.

Our Happy Block - Photo by Steve BeavenBreak it up, you guys! On August 23rd, we rattled open The Oregonian to find this smashing article on Alliance partner Depave. In other breaking news, the young nonprofit is accepting applications for projects in 2014.

A greater Forest Park. The newly-completed Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative -- setting forth a long-term vision that the Forest Park Conservancy can take to funders -- again shows the power of partnership, with Alliance collaborators including Portland Parks and Recreation, the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbia Land Trust, Portland Audubon, Metro, and Friends of Trees. For more information, contact FPC's Executive Director, Renee Myers.

Partners on deck. The Sept 18th grand opening of a Mt. Scott Creek restoration project -- hosted by Alliance partners Clackamas County Water Environment Services and North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District -- celebrates the placement of 60 pieces of large wood, a culvert removal, a replaced pedestrian bridge, and two new overlook areas. Funded by a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant, the project also has support from partners Friends of Trees and ODFW.

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