The best way to get involved in urban parks, trails and greenspaces issues is to join one of the numerous "friends" organizations that have sprung up throughout the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. For a listing of these groups, see the latest version of the Urban Natural Resources Directory produced by the Audubon Society of Portland. This directory lists all non-profit organizations (large and small), all agencies, watershed councils and friends groups that are engaged in urban greenspaces issues.
The Audubon Society of Portland has a comprehensive web site for its FAUNA community outreach effort that will provide you with up-to-the minute information on hearings and other policy related issues related to fish and wildlife habitat and urban natural resources.
The Coalition for a Livable Future has an informative and timely list serve that goes to its more than 70 member organizations and interested individuals. The CLF is a coalition of affordable housing advocates; transit advocates; urban designers; food-policy advocates; parks, trails and greenspace advocates; and growth-management specialists.
If you have ideas for how you might contribute to the Urban Greenspaces Institute's mission directly, please send us your ideas.