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A nonprofit that helps protest Forest Park netted $25,000 from Central Park Conservancy's Institute for Urban Parks

COURTESY PHOTO: BRUCE MACGREGOR - Hikers take in the foliage at Forest Park in Portland. The nonprofit that speaks for the trees of Portland's beloved 5,200-acre urban forest has landed a new grant from the Big Apple.

Forest Park Conservancy, which helps restore and protest Forest Park, has received $25,000 from the Central Park Conservancy's Institute for Urban Parks. The money will be used to craft a new strategic engagement plan.

"Our goal is to ensure everyone in the community receives the social, economic, environmental and health benefits that Forest Park provides," said RenÉe Myers, executive director of the Portland nonprofit.

Myers and other members of her team traveled to New York City earlier this month for a four-day retreat at the Institute for Urban Parks, where they met with the other grant recipients from Baltimore, Detroit, San Diego and Austin, Texas.

Forest Park Conservancy will now spend the next six months crafting the engagement plan, which aims to shatter cultural barriers, reach out to communities of color and develop opportunities with underserved communities.

"Now the real work begins," said Development Manager Kady Davis.

Forest Park celebrated its 70th anniversary as one of the nation's largest urban greenspaces in 2018. The conservancy, once known as Friends of Forest Park, turned 30 this year.


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