The symposium was created to provide a means for agencies, nonprofits, universities and other educational institutions, and others to share their urban ecological and other natural resource and conservation research with one another. The symposium also provides a forum where individuals can network and share their work on an informal basis. It focuses on urban environmental issues and the practical application of related ecological and social science research in the Portland/Vancouver region.
UERC is a consortium of people from various educational institutions, state and federal agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and businesses, as well as independent professionals and students, interested in supporting urban ecosystem research and creating an information sharing network of people that collect and use ecological data in the Portland/Vancouver area.
The mission of UERC is to advance the state of the science of urban ecosystems and improve our understanding of them, with a focus on the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan region, by fostering communication and collaboration among researchers, managers and citizens at academic institutions, public agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, and other interested groups.
The role of UERC is not to provide a political or advocacy platform, but rather to offer a forum for professionals to exchange and discuss information regarding urban ecology and its application to relevant fields.
Audubon Society of Portland
City of Vancouver
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland State University
Urban Greenspaces Institute
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Field Office