About the Institute
The Institute for Natural Resources - Portland is part of the Oregon University System's Institute for Natural Resources (INR) based at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The INR was created by OSU and the Oregon Legislature in 2001 as an independent institute in the Research Office of OSU. Lisa Gaines is Interim Director.
INR - Portland contains three main programs:
- Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC)
- Natural Areas Program
- Pacific Northwest Landscape Assessment and Mapping Program (PNW-LAMP)
Previously known as the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center, ORBIC's key function is to maintain, develop and distribute biodiversity information in Oregon. The center works with a variety of agency, NGO, and private partners to provide the most comprehensive information on plants, wildlife, fish, fungi, and vegetation throughout Oregon. ORBIC maintains the rare and endangered species database for Oregon.
The Natural Areas Program in Oregon is an outgrowth of an interagency effort to establish state, federal and private natural areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.
PNW-LAMP works to model vegetation patterns in the Pacific Northwest in relation to natural resource management, wildlife, and ecology.
Oregon iMapInvasives, an online invasive species data management system that INR administers with the Oregon Invasive Species Council, was recently profiled by the Innovation & Intellectual Property office at PSU. Read the article here.
The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center's rare species database was recently profiled by the Innovation & Intellectual Property office at PSU. Read the article here.
INR's Snowy Plover team made the news in June 2012 for recovering chicks from the Bandon State Natural Area. Read the story from KATU or from The Register Guard. If you want to learn more about the snowy plover project, you can download the annual reports from the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center's publications page.
Search recent and archived publications from the INR publications and libraries page.
Our offices are located in the Science and Education Center in Suite 140.
Institute for Natural Resources / INR
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
SEC Suite 140
2112 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201-4908