Urban Forestry Initiative: UGI is launching a new urban forestry initiative and actively reaching out to local governments and other partners. We envision a cross-jurisdictional community, science-based effort to build local urban tree inventories. Read more >
Oak-Prairie Working Group: Pacific Northwest oak and prairie habitats are among our most imperiled lowland ecosystems, and host more than 300 native endemic species – many of them threatened and found nowhere else. Northwest oak-prairie ecosystems are also among the most drought-tolerant, wildfire-resilient, and pollinator-rich native habitats. They harbor a diversity of Native American ‘first foods’ and are the bread-basket for Northwest Tribes. They are light-filled, colorful through the seasons, and include a varied plant palette that can integrate well with built environments. UGI has helped activate and rally regional partners for their conservation.
- OakQuest and Oak Mapping: In 2014-2015 UGI spearheaded OakQuest, a community science effort to develop the first-ever map of imperiled Oregon white oak for the Portland metropolitan region and the whole of the Regional Conservation Strategy plan area. Through OakQuest, UGI built a partnership of over 30 organizations under the banner of the TIA Oak Prairie Work Group and marshalled the efforts of over 200 community members who assisted with the work. Although the community science effort has now concluded, the oak mapping work continues and is due to be complete in June 2018. Read more >
- Oak prairie naturescaping: In 2015, UGI partnered with Mark Griswold Wilson to lead an oak-prairie naturescaping workshop for urban residential landowners in north Clackamas County. Through the workshop we trained 45 landowners and reached more than 200 other residents of oak-rich neighborhoods to educate them about the conservation priority that oak habitats represent to the region. We developed a Conserving White Oak in Urban and Suburban Landscapes guide to help people implement oak-friendly landscaping practices in their yards.
- Strategic Action Plan: In 2016 we helped launch the region’s first native oak-prairie conservation strategic action plan. The plan is now being developed with over fifteen active partners in the Oaks-Prairie Working Group with support from Pacific Bird Habitat Joint Venture. The SAP will serve as an addendum to the 2012 Regional Conservation Strategy and help guide our work over the next 5-10 years.