Institute for Natural Resources - Portland
Informing natural resource decision making through integrated knowledge and information.

About the Institute

The Institute for Natural Resources - Portland is part of the 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.

At Portland State University, INR - Portland is part of the School of the Environment within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Our Programs

INR - Portland contains three main programs:

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.

LAMP works to model vegetation patterns in Oregon and beyond in relation to natural resource management, wildlife, and ecology.

Data Requests

To request rare species data or to make other requests, please see our Data Requests page.




To read about INR's latest projects and news, see our news and highlights page.



Search recent and archived publications from the INR publications and libraries page.


Contact Information

Our offices are located in the Science and Education Center in Suite 140.

Mailing address:
Institute for Natural Resources / INR
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Physical address:
SEC Suite 140
2112 SW 5th Ave. 
Portland, OR 97201-4908 

phone: 503-725-9950

Staff contacts and profiles.