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Bringing Nature to Neighborhoods and Advancing Urban Ecology

In this session, you'll hear how Portland OR, is working at multiple scales to bring biodiversity back to the city and its neighborhoods. Forest Park Conservancy is leading the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative, a public-private collaborative strategy to restore Forest Park and 10,000 acres surrounding the park. They partner with public agencies, non-profits, and individual land owners to restore critical wildlife habitat and recreational spaces. Attendees will learn about FPC's successes and the challenges they've navigated in this 20-year initiative.

Luis Andres Orive, Environmental Director for the City of Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain will explain a practical "socio-ecological intervention" in the interior city, lighting the river Batan on Gasteiz Avenue, one of the most important in the city center, and another in a very popular neighborhood called, Lakua District: A Basque name! The important accords required radical change to the urban landscape in order to improve the biodiversity index among others.

Session Presentation Slides

Slide Deck: Bringing Nature to Neighborhoods and Advancing Urban Ecology


  • Learn how to build, plan for, and lead collaborative restoration work.
  • Gain an understanding of the principals underlying ecologically diverse natural landscapes within developed park landscapes.
  • Be able to leverage natureplay to create natural landscapes in neighborhood parks that provide a highly desired multibenefit visitor experience.
  • Understand how to develop public natural landscapes using collaborative processes that engage parks staff and the public from concept through implementation and stewardship.