The Conservation Registry welcomes a new portal partner, Metro’s Regional Environmental Information Network.
Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, transferred its Regional Environmental Information Network (REIN) to the Registry in February. This data collaboration was accomplished in two phases. During Phase I, the portal architecture was built, an urban growth boundary map layer was added to the mapping tool, and over 400 projects were imported to the Registry. During Phase II, existing user accounts were updated and transferred to the Registry so that users would continue to enjoy the functionality they were accustomed to at the Metro site.
As the elected regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, Metro works with communities, businesses and residents to create a vibrant and sustainable region for all. The regional Environmental Network, launched in 2006 as part of Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods initiative, enables municipalities, nonprofits, schools and other partner organizations to enter environmental education, restoration, low-impact development, and natural area acquisition project information directly into The Conservation Registry’s online portal. Metro uses the quantitative and qualitative data to track the region’s ecological health over time and to encourage stakeholder collaboration.
“It’s a more user-friendly and powerful platform,” said Nature in Neighborhoods Coordinator Corie Harlan. “You’re able to enter information in and pull information out more easily.”
The Regional Environmental Information Network includes 435 projects at 569 sites; Metro’s long list of project partners includes the Tualatin Basin Invasive Species Working Group, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau.
The Conservation Registry’s interactive website enables users to view conservation projects by bird region, watershed and congressional district. The Registry’s partner organizations include the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Wildlife Habitat Council and Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit.
Projects to check out:
Apache Bluff Preserve. Planting native riparian vegetation in Washington County. New feature added to this portal is HUC6 subwatershed orientation.
Residential Green Roof built by Oregon State University master gardeners. An urban project that works to reduce impervious surfaces.