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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 Jeff Amaral, Natural Resources Manager of Bend Parks 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 Jeff Amaral to learn more about the Natural Resources Section and to get involved with NRS.




Managing Invasive Species Workshop

This event has been postponed.


Past Events



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 Jeff Amaral, 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: Jeff Amaral
  • At-Large: Jude Geist
  • 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
  • At-Large: Tonia Williamson

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Each year the Natural Resources Section of ORPA recognizes the outstanding work of people and organizations in natural resources. Each year we accept nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Service to ORPA and Natural Resources Section
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Natural Resources Field

Nominations for these awards will open in July 2020.  Please check back at that time.


2019 Award Winner(s):

Outstanding Contribution to the Natural Resources Field

Winner: Terry Bergerson

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