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Nature in Neighborhoods

Planning and conservation    Regional planning and policy    Nature in Neighborhoods

Nature in Neighborhoods is a broad based regional initiative to restore and protect the region’s natural assets.

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The Portland metropolitan region is set in an exceptional natural landscape. It is surrounded by hills and mountains and laced with rivers and streams. It is a region of national distinction for clean water, clean air, outdoor recreation, and an abundance of green; a place where nature is always nearby. This tremendous natural inheritance sustains residents’ health, fosters the region’s economy, provides healthy activities for all and is central to the region’s identity.

Working together to protect water quality and natural areas

The Metro Council launched Nature in Neighborhoods in 2005, concluding years of contentious deliberations about a state-mandated regulatory framework called “Goal 5” and ushering in an era of public/private innovation, investment and collaboration.

Metro plays a lead role in Nature in Neighborhoods but recognizes that the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and the integration of natural areas into the urban environment eclipse the reach of any one organization; they require the coordinated and strategic action of many.

Today, hundreds of organizations region-wide are working together to fulfill the vision of Nature in Neighborhoods. Projects range from neighbors volunteering on small restoration projects on the region's creeks and rivers to multi-year professional habitat enhancement efforts and everything in-between, all captured in, the region's first comprehensive clearinghouse for information on conservation initiatives, to the $227.4 million Nature in Neighborhoods Natural Areas Bond Measure approved by voters in November 2006, the largest urban conservation acquisition initiative in the United States in decades.

The Metro Council continues to provide active leadership to Nature in Neighborhoods with a commitment to a legacy of regional parks, natural areas, wildlife habitat, clean air and clean water for this and future generations.

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Nature in Neighborhoods programs

Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

Metro is seeking applications for projects that re-green and re-nature neighborhoods.

Nature-friendly development

Learn more about nature-friendly development practices that benefit the environment and your business.

Integrating Habitats: Creating healthy homes for people fish and wildlife

What began as a Nature in Neighborhoods design competition has morphed into a movement! Integrating Habitats' design principles, images and ideas show how our cities, buildings and backyards can improve water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat.

Green from the Ground Up

Discover seminars for land-savvy building professionals.

Protecting habitat and water quality

As part of its Nature in Neighborhoods initiative, Metro created a fish and wildlife habitat protection plan that integrates the conservation and economic goals of the region's communities.

Acquiring natural areas

Find out more about the 27 target areas where Metro is acquiring natural areas and trails to safeguard water quality, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and ensure access to nature for future generations.

Proposed local park projects

Park providers around the region have identified more than 100 projects that would be prioritized for funding with their share of the bond measure funds. Review the list of proposed local projects.

The Intertwine

The Metro Council is teaming up with governments, businesses, nonprofits and other nature lovers to create the world’s best network of parks, trails and natural areas.

Natural gardening

Grow a garden that's beautiful, abundant, and safe for children, pets, forests and streams. Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service provide free expert advice, workshops at learning gardens, videos, guides and more.

Tools for living

From cleaning recipes to pest control, ask Metro for tools that help you cultivate a safe and healthy home – and save a little money, too.

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By the Numbers

Amount of residents that mention the environment when asked what they enjoy most about the quality of life in the region.

Nature in Neighborhoods

Capital grant project
This project will transform a historic property in North Portland's Humboldt neighborhood into the Conservation Corner, an outdoor classroom and living laboratory. The project will enhance residents' appreciation of how natural features can be incorporated into the landscape and provide people with new ideas to try at home. Find out more about capital grant projects

Featured viewpoint

The entire Portland metro area is blessed with a spectacular natural setting. We find ourselves living within a breathtaking array of rivers, wetlands, stream corridors and forested hillsides. The successful integration of people and development within this natural setting is what has set us apart from many other regions of the country...To the extent that we continue this tradition of wise stewardship of resources, we will ensure that future generations enjoy the same quality of life, and appreciation for the natural bounty around us.

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