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ORPA's Natural Resources Section (NRS) is a special interest network for professionals who are responsible for enhancement, management, and long-term viability of natural areas and open spaces. The focus of this group is to promote an environmental stewardship ethic, with emphasis on habitat restoration, management, and protection of ecosystems and natural processes within the framework of conservation biology and open space planning and management.

The Natural Resources Section is led by Tonia Williamson, Natural Resources Coordinator of North Clackamas Park and Recreation  District.  NRS typically provides two workshops per year, one in the spring and one in the fall that are targeted to natural resource professionals. Workshop topics vary based on members' needs and focus on information related to trails, species conservation, wetlands restoration, invasives, and more.

Contact Tonia Williamson to learn more about the Natural Resources Section and to get involved with NRS.



There are currently no upcoming events scheduled. 


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NRS Goals

Our mission is to promote conservation and stewardship of Oregon's natural areas, with an emphasis on protection and restoration of ecosystems, natural processes, and functions, and to provide opportunities for diverse, equitable, and accessible environmental education and compatible outdoor recreation.


Professional Development Goals

Promote Conservation and Stewardship - to promote long-term restoration and stewardship of healthy functioning ecosystems in parks and natural areas, to advocate for their benefits to the public and to influence policy that would advance conservation and stewardship and support for this work.

Integrate Natural Areas and People - to link healthy landscapes and communities through the integration of parks, trails, natural areas, green infrastructure, compatible recreation, and environmental education programs.

Advance Natural Area Management Proficiency and Innovation - to provide professional development and training opportunities in the areas of ecosystem functions, habitat restoration, recreation, and environmental education through the sharing of effective practices and lessons learned.

Collaborate and Partner - to foster an interdisciplinary approach with other ORPA sections, resource managers, jurisdictions, agencies, businesses, non-profits, and landowners.



Led by Tonia Williamson, the Natural Resource Section Board includes botanists, horticulturalists, natural resource planners, preservationists, ecologists, and others who work to protect and highlight the natural resources of Oregon.

  • Chair: Tonia Williamson
  • At-Large: Jeff Amaral
  • At-Large: Kate Holleran
  • At-Large: Sherri Laier
  • At-Large: Fraser MacDonald
  • At-Large: Shelly Miller (Marketing Manager for NRS)
  • At-Large: Jill Van Winkle

Become a Section Leader.



Each year, the Natural Resources Section of ORPA grants three awards.  The qualifications for each are listed below.  Included in your nomination should be a short narrative answering the question listed below the award criteria.  

Deadline: August 16th, 2019


Environmental Fund Donation - $100.00

Criteria for this award:

  • Must be a 'Not For Profit Organization'
  • Must be Oregon-based
  • Must be nominated by an ORPA Natural Resources Member
  • Include a one or two paragraph description (and photos, if possible) answering this question:
    • How does this organization promote Natural Resources Stewardship?

Outstanding Service to Oregon Recreation and Park Association and the Natural Resources Field

Criteria for this award:

  • Nominee may be from the public or private sector
  • Must be a member of the Oregon Recreation and Park Association
  • Must be nominated by an ORPA Natural Resources Member
  • Include a 1-2 paragraph description answering this question: 
    • How does this person demonstrate outstanding leadership in the Oregon Recreation and Park Association and the Natural Resources Section?

Outstanding Contribution to the Natural Resources Field

Criteria for this award:

  • May be from the public or private sector
  • May be a member of the Oregon Recreation and Park Association
  • Must be nominated by an ORPA Natural Resources Member
  • Include a 1-2 paragraph description answering this question:
    • How has this person shown outstanding leadership, innovation, creativity, and/or dedication in the Natural Resources Field?


How to Nominate

Simply send your nomination to Tonia Williamson (NRS Chair) or Amanda Parsons (ORPA Association Coordinator) via email with the following information:

  • Name of the person or organization you are nominating
  • Answer to the question listed in the criteria above.

What Happens Next?

The Natural Resources Section Board will review and vote on winners in each of the categories.  The nominees will be contacted regarding the results by October.  Public announcement and the presenting of the awards will take place at the ORPA Annual Conference during the Natural Resources Section Meeting.


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