The same day we hiked the 4T Trail (), Patrick and I stopped by City Hall in downtown Portland because I had heard that The Intertwine was having some kind of event there. It was The Intertwine Alliance Summit, with several workshops, something Patrick would have not gone for. So we walked around that area of downtown for a little while and came back at 4:20 for a presentation and unveiling of their new website. The Intertwine – Portland and Vancouver’s network of parks, trails and natural areas – “bring[s] together local agencies and groups to increase investment in The Intertwine. Alliance members are working together on five Alliance Initiatives: acquisition, active transportation, conservation, conservation education and the regional system.” They have two major objectives: one, “To ensure the region’s network of parks, trails and natural areas are completed and cared for;” and two, “To help the residents of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region connect with nature and live active, healthy lives.” This is an organization I fully support, and I really enjoyed being in a room of like-minded folk!
In fact, several individuals came up to me and introduced themselves because they recognized either me or Patrick from this blog. They were Dan Moeller of Metro, Kristin Atman of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, and Adam Sawyer, another local family nature blogger. Great to meet them and learn about some possible participation with The Intertwine in the near future. It was also nice to see Mike Houck again (he’s one of the editors of Wild in the City).
The website has three main sections. First, you can ‘Explore Parks & Trails,” narrowing your search by desired activity as well as finding it on a great map of the area:
Second, you can learn about specific adventures, or “twines,” contributed by local residents and naturalists:
Third, you can learn about the natural history and landscapes of our region and sustainability in the area:
Oh, and some tweeted this photo from the presentation. Patrick is in yellow, I in maroon: