Mike Houck (center) leading field tour of Fernhill Wetlands

After heading up the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Community Research Center and teaching biology at Oregon Episcopal School, Mike found his life-long calling as an advocate for urban greenspace protection in 1982 when he launched the Urban Naturalist Program at the Audubon Society of Portland. In 1999 Mike founded the Urban Greenspaces Institute to continue his work at the local and regional scale to ensure the integration of nature into the urban fabric.

Since 1982, Mike has actively pushed for the creation of a metropolitan wildlife refuge system. Such advocacy helped launch Metro’s Metropolitan Greenspaces Program (now Parks and Nature). He continues to work for the expansion of the Portland-Vancouver region’s system of parks, trails and natural areas — the Intertwine.

He is an advocate for integrating the natural and built environments through the protection of natural green infrastructure and creation of built green infrastructure. Mike also works locally and regionally to ensure the city and region adopt policies that mitigate and adapt to climate change. Mike has been recognized locally, regionally and internationally for his work.

Contact:

mikehouck@urbangreenspaces.org
503-319-7155
Office: Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Mail: PO Box 6903, Portland, OR 97228-6903

Ted Labbe (left) maps Oregon White Oaks with volunteer during OakQuest, 2015
Ted Labbe (left) maps Oregon White Oaks with volunteer during OakQuest, 2015

Ted leads the mentor training and curriculum development, and assists ViveNW with recruiting new partners from The Intertwine Alliance network. Ted is a professional conservation biologist with twenty-five years professional experience in the Pacific Northwest. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in History/Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and a Masters in Science in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. He has worked for Tribes, Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife, nonprofit organizations, and local governments. Ted has conducted conservation and watershed assessments, habitat mapping, led community-based community science efforts, and has advocated for more progressive land and water management policies at the state and local level.

Since 2011 Ted has developed and managed his own consulting business, Kingfisher Ecological Services LLC. He has served on the UGI board for one year and is now transitioning to a part-time UGI staff person. He is also a co-founder and organizer with Depave. He loves trail running, river running, fly-fishing, botanizing, and exploring wild and urban nature with his family and friends.

Contact:

ted.labbe@gmail.com
503-758-9562
Office: Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Mail: PO Box 6903, Portland, OR 97228-6903