The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program is not a new grant fund, it is a long-term effort emanating from the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area and an investment in the great work of this community to engage people with nature.
The program was born out of a challenge issued to the 100+ urban wildlife refuges across America to propose innovative solutions to ensuring the relevancy of both the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as fish and wildlife, for generations to come. The proposal submitted by the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver area was selected as only the second city to launch such a program. This selection pays tribute to the community's history, passion, and innovation in delivering social solutions to complex conservation issues. The investment is a direct reflection of our belief that this community can be a model for other cities.
To get the ball rolling, we selected some key partnerships and projects that reflect the core values of the program. This is by no means the end of the story, rather the beginning.
Learn about the program's initial initial projects and partnerships