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Urban Natural Resource Directory

Online Version of Portland Audubon's Urban Natural Resource Directory

Welcome to the online version of Audubon Society of Portland’s Urban Natural Resource Directory (UNRD). UNRD is a resource for citizens seeking to protect, restore, and manage watersheds for fish, wildlife, and people in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region. After publishing four editions of the UNRD between 1990 and 1996, Audubon Society of Portland has put the information online with the release of the fifth edition in 2007. You can download a PDF copy of the 2007 Urban natural resource directory here.

The primary objective of the UNRD is to help citizens solve natural resource problems in their community. The “Who Ya Gonna Call?” section is intended to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding a variety of natural resource issues. The directory section lists local park, natural area, or watershed “friends” groups and other local and regional organizations dedicated to protection and enhancement of our regional ecosystem.

This website also serves as a online hub for the Friends of Advocates of Urban Natural Areas, a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to the protection and restoration of watersheds for fish, wildlife, and people and more fully integrating the built and natural environments in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region. Audubon Society of Portland maintains a list of FAUNA members who are actively involved in urban natural resource issues in the Portland-Vancouver region. We encourage you to join FAUNA and get involved in the stewardship of our urban ecosystems.

For more information contact Jim Labbe, Urban Conservationist at Audubon Society of Portland. Email: jlabbe@urbanfauna.org, Phone: 503.292.6855×112

Who You Gonna Call?

Citizens often call to say they have gotten the “run-around” when trying to deal with an environmental problem. While this does occur, frequently they simply have not called the right agency or organization. The primary objective of “Who Ya Gonna Call?” is to respond to that need. “Who Ya Gonna Call?” provides general descriptions of the most frequently encountered natural resource issues and provides contacts in both the private and public sectors. It is important to point out that, generally, no one agency or organization is solely responsible for the issue you are concerned about. Be prepared to work with a number of agencies and organizations to find a solution to your natural resource problem.

We have contacted each of the numbers listed in “Who Ya Gonna Call?” to ensure the listings are up-to-date and accurate. We would like to hear both positive and negative experiences you have had using “Who Ya Gonna Call?” and whether there are inaccuracies in the listings.

There will frequently be more than one number to call. For example, if you have a wetland fill permit question you will call several federal, state and local agencies, as well as the appropriate “friends” organizations. We have provided both Oregon and Clark County, Washington information, recognizing that natural resource issues do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries.

To guide users of this website, we have broken this information down into the following subcategories.

Regional Planning and Growth Management

Stewardship and Education

Tree Protection and Planting


Pollution and Dumping


Land Use Planning

Urban Wildlife Management

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