Community Partners

ESUR education and research program involves collaboration with a diverse set of community partners who are developing novel solutions to ecosystem science and management issues affecting urban areas.


Portland and Oregon are recognized as national and international leaders in innovative approaches to sustainable development providing an excellent laboratory for learning. This leadership role results from novel collaborations of local, state and national government agencies, international partners, and business and non-profit organizations. ESUR trainees benefit from the insights of community partners in the classroom and in the field through internships and research projects. Community partner organizations include:

Federal agencies

US Forest Service - Jamie Barbour, Jean Daniels, Robert Deal and Lisa Norris
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. For more information, click here.


US Geological Survey - Terrence Conlon and Dar Crammond
As an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, we are dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us. For more information, click here.


US Bureau of Land Management - Miles Brown and Michael Haske
The USBLM administers America's public lands, totaling approximately 253 million acres (1,023,855 km2) or one-eighth of the landmass of the country. For more information, click here.


State agencies

Department of Environmental Quality - Gene Foster, Ranei Nomura and Dick Pedersen
The Oregon DEQ is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment. For more information, click here.

Department of Fish Wildlife - Todd Alsbury
The mission of the Oregon DFW is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. For more information, click here.



Municipal/regional agencies

City of Portland - Michael Armstrong, Sallie Edmunds and Alisa Kane
Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the state of Oregon.  For more information, click here.
Metro is working to make the Portland metropolitan area an extraordinary place to live, work and play. For more information, click here.


Non-Profit  / Educational Organizations

Ecotrust - Brent Davies and Mike Mertens
Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being. For more information, click here.


Heritage University - Kazu Sonoda
Heritage University is a non-profit, independent, non-denominational, accredited institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate education. Its mission is to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations which have been educationally isolated. For more information, click here.

Heritage University

Willamette Partnership - Bobby Cochran and Devin Judge-Lord
The Willamette Partnership is a coalition of diverse leaders working to shift the way people value, manage, and regulate our environment. For more information, click here.

Willamette Partnership


Private sector

Portland General Electric - Wayne Lei
A Fortune 500 electrical utility company, it distributes electricity to customers in parts of Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Yamhill, Washington, and Polk counties - half of the inhabitants of Oregon. For more information, click here.