Today Metro and three community partners launch Opt In, an online research panel that will gather public opinion among residents of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Opt In is a new way to let decision-makers know what is important to you. The goal of the new panel is to create an easy, cost-effective way for you to provide input into decisions affecting you and your communities.
Summer work just finished up at Meldrum Bar with the support of one of the Nature in Neighborhoods Restoration and Enhancement grants from Metro. The project is helping restore 3.5 acres of riparian forest. The Metro Council awarded nine projects a total of $145,000 to improve fish and wildlife habitat and support stewardship opportunities for people in local communities around the region.
If you're looking to help restore native plants or simply want to take a relaxing nature hike after work, Metro has an activity for you. This week, join Metro to explore the new Chehalem Ridge Natural Area, learn about river bugs at Oxbow and check out wild animals at Smith and Bybee. Most of the events are free and registration can be completed online. Follow the links below for more information.
"Celebrating People in Action" is the theme for National Volunteer Week, commemorated April 19-25, and Metro certainly has a lot to celebrate. More than 2,750 people donate upwards of 248,000 hours of their time each year at the Metro Regional Center, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Oregon Convention Center, Metro's parks and natural areas and the Oregon Zoo. (That's the equivalent of nearly 120 full-time employees.) These community minded experts help guide Metro policy, restore wildlife habitat, build vibrant neighborhoods, connect children to nature, and make sure national and international guests see the best of this place we call home.