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Intro to Forest Policy: Forest Fire Edition

Thursday, November 2
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bark’s Office
351 NE 18th Ave, Portland

How has history created “public lands” and how has “ownership” changed over the last century? Which laws protect the land and which accommodate destructive commercial activity? Who makes land management decisions about forest fire and what are their goals?  How can we influence the management if we, the public, don’t like it?

This training, facilitated by Bark’s staff attorney, Brenna Bell, will answer all these questions, and more, as we learn about how and why the Forest Service and BLM (mis)manage our public lands.

RSVP on Facebook here. For more information about other Bark events click here.


PSU Learning Gardens Lab: Harvest Festival

Wednesday, October 18
3:30 – 5:30 pm
PSU’s Learning Gardens Lab
6801 SE 60th Ave, Portland

It’s that time of year for our Annual Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Lab. Bring the whole family for a celebration of autumn with us! Check out our farm stand, cider press, and pumpkin patch. Get a garden tour from our wonderful staff and volunteer members! There will be kids activities and crafts, such as posie making and pumpkin painting. Rain or shine, we will be there!

For more information about the Learning Gardens Lab, click here. View the event page on Facebook; or check out the Learning Gardens Lab on Facebook.


Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit

Wednesday, October 11 (registration deadline)
Wednesday, October 18 (summit)
11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

This is our biggest event of the year and we hope to see you all there. This year’s theme is Stories of the Past, Stories of the Future. On this 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Greenspaces Master Plan, expect personal accounts of the past two decades and community members’ hopes for the future to be mixed in with a fun table exercise about your vision for the next 25 years. We need all of your hearts, brains and voices to get this right.

Kicking off the day will be the 4th Annual Force of Nature Awards luncheon and ceremony. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the individuals, agencies and projects that inspire us. Then let your imaginations run wild about the future of The Intertwine with a fun workshop led by master storyteller, Will Hornyak. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Jenny de la Hoz will no doubt keep us smiling as the emcee of the Summit portion of the day. As per festive tradition, we’ll end with socializing, tasty beverages, and the Oregon Zoo’s legendary hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 6:30 pm.

To register, click here. For more information, click here.


Green Empowerment

Saturday, October 14
5:00 – 8:00 pm VIP Expo
7:30 – 12:00 am Party
The North Warehouse
723 N Tillamook St, Portland

Join Portland’s local sustainability, civic, and non-profit leaders in a fun-filled evening celebrating 20 years of advancing social justice through access to basic services and help Green Empowerment kick off our next 20 years!

For more information click here.


Reducing Inequality on a Finite Planet

Thursday, October 12
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway, Portland

Many economists and activists believe we can reduce extreme wealth inequality through ginning up the economic growth machinery and distributing the rewards more fairly.  But what if such growth is ecologically unsustainable? There are too many people consuming too much stuff. Humanity is facing an overshoot crisis as evidenced by climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem breakdown. We need drastic changes in our economy to start walking the path toward a sustainable society. One of the most critical changes is to reduce the dizzying gap between the haves and the have-nots. Many people fail to appreciate the link between equality and sustainability. In a world of finite resources and increasing competition for those resources, we need economic institutions and policies that promote equality rather than a grab-what-you-can race to the bottom. This program will explore the intersection of the ecological crisis and extreme wealth inequality.

This event is free, but seating is limited. For more information click here.


October’s Ecology Club topic: Mushroom Night

Monday, October 9
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Bark office (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym)
351 NE 18th Ave Portland

Join us for our third annual mushroom night! This event will follow on the heels of our October Mushroom Hike, and will elaborate on topics and species introduced on the hike. It will also be an opportunity for folks to bring in their mushroom finds for identification and discussion! At 6:30pm there will be examples of several Pacific Northwest fungal species to observe, with knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. Be sure to catch our presentation on mushroom identification and ecology, from 7 to 8 pm!

At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark’s work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!

For more information click here. View the Facebook event here.


Ethnobotany & First Foods of the Willamette Valley

Wednesday, October 4
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Clackamas Community College – McLouchlin Auditorium
19600 Mohalla Ave, Oregon City

Esther Stutzman is a native Oregonian and a traditional American Indian storyteller of Kalapuya/Coos heritage. She learned these stories from her grandmothers and she has been telling stories of the ancient ways for over fifty years. She will be speaking about our region’s native plants and their practical uses through traditional knowledge of our culture and people. This event is free and is associated with Wisdom of the Elders.


Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit

Wednesday, October 18
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Early-bird registration is now open for the 2017 Intertwine Alliance Fall Summit. It’s our biggest event of the year, and we hope to see you all there. We’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Greenspaces Master Plan with a retrospective of milestones and accomplishments, then spend time brainstorming and developing our coalition-wide vision for the next 25 years.

Starting the day off will be the 4th Annual Force of Nature Awards luncheon and ceremony, a celebration of inspirational individuals, organizations and projects throughout the coalition. Don’t forget to nominate your candidates by Friday, Sept. 15. This year’s categories are the same as last year; you’ll find descriptions and criteria here, along with a list of the 2016 winners.

Register by Friday, Sept. 8, to score $10 off each partner or non-partner ticket. Questions? Please email Program Director David Cohen at



October 11 – 25

Last year we launched a new site and had over 8,300 participants across 450 teams. We hope you’ll join us this year to reduce your impact and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future.

Registration will open in August for NWEI’s EcoChallenge, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our ongoing Custom EcoChallenge offerings here – or learn more about our new Campus EcoChallenge, which kicks off again in August and is available throughout the semester. If you haven’t heard, you can now follow EcoChallenge on Facebook or Instagram for news, tips, and updates. Join us in powerful (and fun) ways to engage your friends, family, and coworkers, and prove that small actions add up to big change.


Global Climate Change Week

October 9-15

Climate change poses a major threat to sustainable development. For this reason, it is important for everyone concerned about sustainable development to take action on climate change. One way for communities to do so is by taking part in Global Climate Change Week (GCCW), an initiative designed to encourage academic communities – including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities – in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change.

To prepare and see examples, learn more here!