Tackling climate change might seem like an impossible challenge, but it’s not too late to take positive action. There is still hope! How we use and care for the land around us can reduce dependence on greenhouse gas producing chemicals, use less water, and even sequester carbon in the soil.

Consider making a few small changes that can add up to a big difference. Whether you have a large yard, a small patio, or a farm field or two, there are ways to give nature a helping hand.

  • Create naturescapes in your yard. Native habitats can better withstand environmental stresses from climate change. Select native plants that are more likely to survive hot summers and wet springs.
  • Replace water-hungry lawns with meadows that provide habitat for pollinators.
  • Build healthy soils on your farm or garden that are better at holding moisture.
  • Restore riparian areasRiparian areas The land alongside a creek, river, pond, or other body of water along your stream to provide wildlife a shelter from increasing heat and droughtDrought A longer than normal time with not enough rain.
  • Restore your forest to provide habitats for wildlife.
  • Protect existing carbon storesCarbon stores About 50% of a tree’s total volume and dry weight is carbon. by improving forest health. This includes thinning dense stands of small trees and removing flammable weeds and vines from trees.
  • Sequester carbon by planting native trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers and cover crops.
  • Volunteer with the City of Portland to help remove invasive plants and plant native plants.