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Our Big Backyard magazine gives you the inside scoop, inspires you to get outside

Check out Metro's new magazine, Our Big BackyardThis week Metro debuts Our Big Backyard, a quarterly magazine that will bring you up to speed on parks, trails and natural areas – and introduce you to important choices facing the region. In each edition, you’ll find feature stories, field guides, Q&As, event previews, a photography contest and more.

Come count with us: Volunteers needed for regional trail counts

countCalling all trail lovers – volunteer for a shift the week of Sept. 10 and help count how many people are using our trails throughout the region.

Wanted: Oregonians who are passionate about public involvement

Metro is seeking volunteers to serve on the regional government's new Public Engagement Review Committee. The committee will meet twice a year and serve as a key component of Metro’s ongoing efforts to develop and implement successful public engagement processes.

Metro Events, June7-14: Catch spring before it's sprung

Can you believe it's almost summer? Now's your chance to catch spring before it's sprung.

Let Metro help your neighborhood with its spring 2012 clean up

Letters of Intent deadline for neighborhood cleanup matching grants program approaches

Is your neighborhood planning a spring cleanup event? Let your local government know – and let Metro help cover the cost.

A personal message from Kathryn Harrington: Having fun exploring and planting at a Natural Area

Imagine this… It was an early, chilly, rainy Saturday morning in November. Did I really want to get out of bed this early to join in a natural areas restoration effort in the rain? It took a little mental coaxing to leave the dry warmth of home but I’m sure glad I did!

Join Opt In, Metro's innovative public opinion research panel

Opt In logoToday 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.

Metro seeks volunteers for trails use tally

For the third year in a row, Metro is coordinating a regional effort to count the number of people biking and walking on the Portland metropolitan area's trails. The count is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project's ongoing undertaking to gather accurate trail use data to help local governments and regional planners decide where and when to place new trails and respond to the needs of trail users region-wide.

Motivate your green thumb at Metro's Native Plant Center

Learn about native plants, find inspiration for your own yard and dig in to restore and preserve natural areas throughout the Portland metropolitan region. Metro's Native Plant Center is hosting the first of several volunteer workshops on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Participants will help with seed collection, seed harvesting, maintaining grow-out beds and composting while learning about native plant reproduction. No prior gardening experience is necessary.