Projects and Partners

The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program is a long-term investment of effort, passion, people and dollars in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area to ensure that the sustainable treatment of our shared natural resources, for the benefit of people and wildlife, becomes an intrinsic value across the entire community. As a long-term investment, it has a beginning with some key partners and projects, but will also grow into things we have not even imagined yet.

Below you will find information on some of the key relationships and projects we are investing in during the start-up phase of the Program. In future years, we will engage community partners to find more opportunities to work together under the Program's framework, which can be found in our Standards of Excellence.

  • The Intertwine Alliance

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    The Intertwine Alliance, a unique coalition of 140+ public, private and nonprofit organizations in the Portland-Vancouver region, is one of the centerpiece components of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. While the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has long been a partner in the Intertwine, dating back to the days of the Metropolitan Greenspaces Program, our new Portland-Vancouver Program will greatly increase our capacity to participate fully in the focal areas of the Alliance: Equity and Inclusion, Health and Nature, Conservation & Education, Active Transportation, and Public Engagement.

    Like all partners in the Alliance understand, "we are the Alliance," therefore we will do our part through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to support the collective impact we are trying to make. In the early phase of the Program, we will be investing our people, passion, and dollars in capacity and projects for the Alliance, including:

    • Support for convening the Alliance's forums

    • Delivery of equity and inclusion training

    • Development of the Daycation mobile app

    • Development of a new Intertwine website

  • Let Us Build Cully Park

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    Let Us Build Cully Park! is transforming a former landfill into a new 25-acre park for Portland's most diverse, park-deprived neighborhood. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proud to work with Verde in the early phase of our new Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to help fund the construction of an Inter-Tribal Gathering Garden and the design of a Nature Play Area.

    But our involvement does not end with design and construction. Our vision is to forge a long-term relationship with the neighborhood through this much-needed place and deliver culturally relevant conservation programs to the community.

  • Soul River Youth-Veteran Fly-Fishing

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    When searching for innovative solutions to tackling both the challenges people face in their everyday lives and the conservation challenges we face as a community, it's hard to look past the work of Soul River Inc. Soul River CEO and Creative Director, Chad Brown, has taken the healing power of nature and his passion for fly fishing and introduced it to hundreds of inner-city youth and communities; often right where they live, at neighborhood parks.

    In the early phase of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we will help Soul River with two of their most pressing needs:

    • Funding to increase participation in their Veteran and Youth Fly Fishing Outings

    • Providing a reliable resource for fly fishing equipment to support this program

    We will also continue our support for inner-city outreach through the annual Celebration of Wild Steelhead Returns.