Forest Park Conservancy

aka Friends of Forest Park   |   Portland, OR   |  www.forestparkconservancy.org

Mission

The Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological
health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive
trails network, and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship of its splendor as a gift for generations.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Renee Myers

Main address

833 SW 11th Suite 800

Portland, OR 97205 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Forest Park

EIN

94-3103055

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Forest Park Conservancy’s mission is focused on protecting Forest Park’s ecological health while encouraging responsible recreation and access. We believe these values are not only consistent, they are interdependent: the more people visit Forest Park and experience just how special a place this is, the more the public will support and value it. And the more people value this unique urban forest, the brighter its future will be. That’s why our stewardship staff, seasonal technicians, and 2,000+ volunteers spend many hours in the field every year.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative

The Forest Park Conservancy is the leading non-profit that protects and restores Forest Park. We are currently leading a 20-year plan to restore the 15,000 acre Forest Park Ecosystem that includes Forest Park as well as land surrounding the park. Each year, more than 1500 volunteers help us maintain trails, remove invasive species and plant native trees.

FPC maintains all 47 miles of soft track trail in Forest Park, partners with local government agencies, and inspires the community to steward one of the largest urban forests in the United States.

FPC is supported by individuals, foundations, businesses and government agencies.

Population(s) Served

The Forest Park Conservancy works with more than 1,000 volunteers and donors each year to remove invasive species, plant native trees, and maintain 47 miles of trails.

Population(s) Served

The Forest Park Conservancy takes the lead to maintain and improve all 47 miles of soft-surface trails in the park. From raking in the fall to clearing plants from the trails in the spring to major improvements projects, FPC works to ensure the trails are safe and accessible.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Along with maintaining and improving all 47 miles of soft track trail, FPC's leadership of the GFPCI is our highest priority. At its core, the GFPCI is an environmental action plan that prioritizes strategies and projects that will have the greatest positive impact on improving the health of Forest Park. The GFPCI is focused on four key goals and conservation activities, including:

Streams: Protecting and improving water quality in the Park's more than 30 miles of streams, to safeguard watershed functions and human health

Connectivity: Protecting and improving the connectivity between Forest Park, the Tualatin Mountains, the Coast Range and the Willamette River

Forests: Maintaining and improving forests to support diversity, environmental integrity, connectivity and complexity

Wildlife: Maintaining and protecting native wildlife diversity The GFPCI is a significant undertaking in many ways. In addition to identifying needed restoration efforts inside the Park, the GFPCI recognizes the importance of the larger link between Forest Park and the Coast Range. The GFPCI also calls for protection and restoration efforts in areas immediately adjacent to the Park, to help stop the continual re-infestation of invasives and other threats from the outside of the Park's boundaries.

FPC is building partnerships with public, private, and non-profit agencies and is coordinating restoration efforts throughout the 15,000-acre area. FPC is recruiting and training volunteers to work on projects, is engaging private property owners to remove invasive species, and FPC is increasing its community engagement work.

FPC has been leading restoration and community engagement efforts since 1989. We work with more than 1000 volunteers each year and appreciate the financial support of more than 1,000 individual donors, government agencies, businesses, and foundations.

FPC has three staff who work primarily in the field developing and implementing projects. The executive director, Renee Myers, brings many years of experience managing large landscape restoration projects in Montana and Portland.

Over the past five years, the GFPCI has garnered tremendous support and commitment from numerous local businesses, individuals and local, state and federal agencies. During this time FPC and its partners have accomplished the restoration of 3,600 acres, freed more than 30,000 trees from canopy weeds, and protected over 15,000 linear feet of streams. We launched the Green Jobs Training and Internship Program to build the green jobs economy by recruiting youth and young adults from communities of color to build a pathway to employment in the natural resources field while accomplishing the ecological goals set out by the GFPCI Partner organizations.

Financials

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Operations

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Forest Park Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 04/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Frank

Larry Frank

Lori Gaffney

Mary Moerlins

Todd Petersen

Erik Weaver

Jordan Anderson

Mark Shimihara

Janet Schmidt

Ellen Sheedy

Vinay Prasad

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No