Intertwine November 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Thanks to the planners, volunteers and partners who contributed to our fall summit! Your responses to the evaluation survey will help us make the next spring summit even better! 

  Join us in welcoming three new Alliance partners: Koch Landscape Architecture, PBS Engineering and

Environmental Inc. and Groundwork Portland! Groundwork Portland

Groundwork Portland is a local nonprofit focused on redeveloping brownfields into community greenspaces. This organization uses a community-led process to reclaim and restore land, build awareness of environmental justice issues, and create long-term civic engagement and leadership opportunities for communities of color, low-income residents, and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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What's Happening with The Alliance?

The Intretwine Alliance Completes Regional Conservation Strategy. The Intertwine Alliance completed the region's first conservation strategy and biodiversity atlas. The work was developed collaboratively, with over 135 contributors, and released at the October 25th Intertwine Summit. With participation and support from dozens of Alliance partner organizations, the plan was completed at a fraction of the cost of a typical regional plan. Learn more and download a copy.

Civic Leadership Committee Approaches Business Leaders   -  The committee is engaging the media, elected officials and other civic leaders to build understanding and support for investments in parks, trails and natural areas in the Portland-Vancouver Region. The first stop will be meetings with leaders of area business associations and economic development groups to discuss the connection between parks and trails and jobs.

The Alliance Plans Cause Marketing Campaign  - The Alliance has hired the communications agency, Frank Creative, to launch our new cause marketing campaign! A first meeting, open to Alliance Partners, will be scheduled for December to begin developing a long-term strategy to entice residents to explore parks and trails. The campaign will be designed to reflect the diversity of our community, strengthen partnerships with organizations that work with underrepresented communities, and help residents become healthier and more active. See full committee updates

Intertwine Partners Discuss Metro Levy -On November 15th, The Intertwine Alliance convened 35 people from over 20 Intertwine partner organizations to discuss how the Alliance could help implement the potential 2013 Metro Levy. If approved by voters, this initiative could raise $10-12 million a year for the management and maintenance of publicly-owned natural areas. The participants were from Intertwine partners such as Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, Friends of Trees, Vigil-Agrimis and Friends of Baltimore Woods, helped provide input to Metro about the ways in which the proposed levy could best meet the needs of our region.

Intertwine News

Vancouver Residents Vote Against Parks Measur - On the November 6th election, Clark County residents voted against tax increases to fund parks in Vancouver.  The parks district was rejected by 66% of voters. The revenue generated would have paid for maintenance, equipment replacement, and improvements to playgrounds, sports courts and other facilities. It would have also restored three after-school programs and supported services for the elderly and people with disabilities.


Upcoming Partner Events

Photo of the Year ContestPhoto of the Year Contest - The Friends of Outdoor School's Photo of the Year Contest is now accepting pictures through January 10th! The four categories are: Top 100, Portland, Outdoor School, Youth & Professional. Send in your best photos for a chance to win a cash prize in this contest that  benefits the Outdoor School program. Share them with us and we'll post them on our Facebook too!

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Neighborhood GreeningNeighborhood Greening Exchange - On December 8th, our friends at the Audubon Society of Portland are putting on a forum to exchange ideas about how to effectively carry out neighborhood-driven greenspace projects. Don't miss this opportunity to discuss strategies for outreach, community organizing, and fundraising for trails, community gardens, natural area acquisition and other projects in our neighborhoods!
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