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OSU website tracks Oregon's economic, social and environmental health, 2/21/14

INR's Oregon Explorer program helped develop a new website called, Tracking Oregon's Progress. It follows 88 indicators that describe economic, social and environmental progress in each of Oregon's 36 counties from 1990 to 2011. The Oregon Community Foundation, the OSU Extension Service, OSU's Rural Studies Program, OSU's Valley Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources worked on the project. Link to a press release about the website.


INR's Snowy Plover Work Featured in Envision Magazine, 6/9/2013

UO journalism students Virginia Werner and Eli Lapidus describe snowy plover conservation and monitoring efforts, including the work of INR's David Lauten and David Farrar, in this web article.  The photographs are beautiful!  Link to their full article, Protecting Plovers.


INR-ORBIC Honored for its Innovation and Collaboration, 4/17/13

The Institute for Natural Resources’ (INR) Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) received the 2013 Network Collaboration Award at the NatureServe network’s annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore.

The honor recognizes ORBIC’s leadership in engaging network members in efforts to develop innovative conservation data and information. ORBIC is one of three members of the NatureServe network whose achievements earned the recognition from their peers this year.

“This award recognizes the steady stream of energy and innovation that ORBIC brings to the network,” said Mary Klein, president and CEO of NatureServe. “They consistently identify opportunities to address cross-cutting issues and develop pragmatic solutions through inventive methods and partnerships.”



Winter 2013 - Lindsey Wise of the Portland INR Office was recently interviewed for a PSU Research & Strategic Partnerships Profile on the the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center's iMapInvasives online tool for mapping invasive species.


Fall 2012 - Jimmy Kagan of the Portland INR Office was interviewed by Shaun McGillis of the PSU Innovation & Intellectual Property office about Conserving Oregon Rich Biodiversity.


INR and the Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL) posted Oregon Explorer Map Viewer Tutorials on YouTube. 7/25/2012

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer is a GIS based platform developed by INR and OSUL that allows researchers to look at large quantities of continually updated and integrated natural resource data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, and citizens. Videos by Ryan Johnson.

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 1: Overview

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 2: Creating a Custom Map

Oregon Explorer Map Viewer - Part 3: Handy Tools

Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool



Photo: Sue Lurie - 2012


INR, the University of Oregon and the University of Queensland collaborated on a report for the Rural Futures Lab.  This report titled, The New Natural Resource Economy and Rural Economic Development has been featured on the Rural Futures Lab Blog on May 15, 2012.

The Winter 2012 edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin featured a story on Western snowy plover recovery on the Oregon Coast.  INR's Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) is part of the multi-agency recovery team and leads plover population monitoring.


This June 2011 US Fish and Wildlife Service video includes interviews with INR staff working on snowy plover management and conservation on the Oregon Coast.

OSU Research Funding Sets Record by Rachel Beck for the Gazette Times, July 30, 2010