The Intertwine Alliance believes that both human and wildlife communities thrive in a healthy and climate resilient ecosystem, and that equitable access to nature is a core function of our neighborhoods. The Intertwine Alliance advocates for healthy and resilient ecosystems by supporting investment in parks, trails and greenspaces throughout the Portland metropolitan region. We also advocate for protection of natural resources and equitable access to nature.
Through a coalition, the impacts of advocacy and change grow exponentially more powerful. The Intertwine Alliance mobilizes its partners and friends to activate around our shared advocacy agenda. Join us in our campaign to advance the region's greenspaces, equitable access to nature, and parks & trails!
Policy and advocation positions are determined by a Policy & Strategy Committee of board members, co-directors and other community members. We are looking to grow this committee with more representation from Clackamas, Washington and Clark Counties, and with more representation of intersecting issues like transportation justice and affordable housing. Interested in joining us? Please email Co-Directors Tara Wilkinson (email@example.com) or Theresa Huang (Theresa@theintertwine.org).
We'll use this page to share current action alerts, along with a record of recent advocacy positions, testimony and results.
2024 Oregon State legislative session
For this 35-day short session, which began Feb. 5 and ends March 10, The Intertwine Alliance has three priorities:
1. Keep Oregon's trails open! SB 1576 is a general civil fix-it bill with an amendment that includes language to provide an emergency fix to Oregon’s recreational immunity statute.
Recent state court rulings have effectively nullified both recreational immunity provisions and the enforceability of liability waivers, impacting the accessibility of trails around the region and across the state. Trails are critical for climate resilience, the health of our communities, transportation justice and so much more.
Please join us in calling for reform that keeps our trails open and accessible to all. OPB recently covered the recreational immunity issue here. Learn more and get action alerts at Protect Oregon Recreation.
The Intertwine Alliance joined 70 other partners in The Oregon Trails Coalition to advocate for this bill at Trails Day at the Capitol on Feb 12. A public hearing was held that same day. The written testimony we submitted is at right. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a work session and unanimously voted to adopt what is now the -10 amendment. It retains all the language that CityCounty Insurance Services has said will lead to recision of their guidance to close trails. We expect the bill to pass out of committee soon, and will keep you posted on next steps.
2. Pass the Wildlife Package, House Bill 4148. This bill creates a new coexistence program within the Department of Fish and Wildlife to reduce conflicts between people and wildlife. It also includes important provisions to support wildlife corridors and to address invasive species and wildlife diseases. Public testimony we submitted is at right. Introduced by Rep. Helm, the bill is currently in the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. Please email committee members and ask them to prioritize this bill.
3. Amend the Housing Bill, Senate Bill 1537. The Intertwine Alliance joins many of our partners and friends in looking for an amendment to remove or significantly reduce Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion in this bill. We applaud Gov. Kotek for prioritizing the housing crisis, and overall we support this bill and the many good elements of it. But bypassing our land-use laws is not necessary or effective to achieve the goals.
A public hearing was held Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m. We joined 1000 Friends of Oregon and many other partners in submitting testimony asking legislators to remove the provisions that allow large UGB expansions. Following the hearing, the Senate Committee on Housing and Development adopted an amendment that reduces the UGB expansion by one-third.
Other Items this Legislative Session
Other bills we are tracking include:
Electric Micromobiity Vehicle Task Force, House Bill 4067. This bill sets up a task force to explore e-micromobility vehicle usage on public lands and mixed-use trails and update laws based on climate, usage, safety and equity goals. We support this concept but are asking that the proposed task force composition be expanded to include representation of parks districts/parks departments and recreational trail users. You can join us in this request by submitting written or spoken testimony at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.
Recent Advocacy Work
Please note that this is not a complete list, but going forward (from Dec 2023), we will try to catalog all advocacy.
METRO: Nov 2022, Supported the campaign to pass a Parks & Nature 5-Year Operating Levy Renewal
Result: Passed with 72 percent of the vote. The levy raises approximately $19.6 million per year to protect water quality, restore habitat, and provide safe and welcoming public access to nature.
METRO: Nov 2019, Helped run the campaign to pass a Parks & Nature Bond
Result: Passed, bringing in $475 million to protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and provide opportunities for people to connect with nature close to home.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY: Oct 2023, Testimony before the Board of Commissioners in support of a nature park to be developed in the Tualatin Mountains
Result: Unanimous YES vote of commission
CITY OF PORTLAND: Nov 2023, Testimony to City Council in favor of a Bureau of Natural Resources to be part of city restructuring
Result: Amendment failed to advance, but The Intertwine Alliance continues conversations with the City of Portland about how to best meet natural resources needs as the city structure evolves.
CITY OF PORTLAND: Oct 2023, Testimony to Planning Commission opposing the draft Housing Regulatory Relief Package that would suspend Green Roof and Bird-Safe Glazing Requirements until 2029
Result: Package was amended to:
- Reject a suspension of the bird-safe glazing requirement, while requesting staff continue researching a temporary compromise.
- Amend the eco-roof suspension to apply only when the roof area is dedicated to solar panels in lieu of an eco-roof.
CITY OF PORTLAND: August 2023, Testimony to City Council in support of a strong Floodplain Resilience Plan
CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO: May 2023, Testimony to City Council in favor of work started to increase ADA access to parks and nature, and in support of access to Steven Meadows
CITY OF TUALATIN: Nov 2022, Supported the campaign to pass a new Parks & Nature Bond
Result: Passed with strong voter support, bringing in $25,000,000 to finance capital costs related to trails, natural areas, sports fields, parks, and river access; and is expected to include a new east-west trail corridor and public access point on the Tualatin River, new and improved sports fields, and parks improvements citywide.
CITY OF HAPPY VALLEY: Nov 2022, Supported the campaign to renew the Parks & Recreation 5-year Operating Levy
Result: Passed with strong voter support, the funding helps maintain over 100 acres of neighborhood parks, trails and natural areas across the City and provides equitable recreation programs for residents.