Soil School 2024

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Calling all gardeners– from aspiring to advanced–to Soil School 2024! The event offers 8 sessions taught by experts to learn about how improving soil health improves plant, garden, and habitat health. $35 covers the whole day, plus breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available, see details and registration link below. Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 8:30…

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Welcome New Demographic Data Analyst Intern Aurora 

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Aurora Villa Juan joined our staff team in January as our Demographic Data Analyst Intern. In this role, Aurora will work with a data analyst mentor at Portland State University and our staff to help the District collect and analyze information to help inform strategies that will further accountability to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.…

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Stormwater Stars Turns 10!

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Stormwater Stars is now 10 years old! This great program provides instruction for District residents with in a suite of yard-scale practices that catch or absorb rainfall to reduce or eliminate surface runoff, erosion, and flooding. These are common in Portland’s West Hills, due to steep slopes, high groundwater tables, and poorly draining clay soils.…

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January 16 Board Meeting Rescheduled

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Due to inclement weather and widespread power outages, West Multnomah SWCD’s January board meeting that was scheduled for 1/16/24 will now be held on 1/23/24 at 6pm. The public hearing that had been scheduled for 1/16/24 will now be held at the board meeting on 2/20/24. Both the January and February meetings will be held on Zoom.  Please…

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We Need You For Our Budget Committee

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Are you interested in protecting the natural spaces in your community?Do you like numbers?Would you like a say in how tax dollars are spent?Do you want to give back to your community? If the answer is yes, then we need you! West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking community members to serve on…

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Help Us Stop the MOB

Mediterranean Oak Borer on an oak tree. Photo by Christine Buhl.

The Mediterranean Oak Borer (MOB) is a tiny beetle that spreads fungus as it drills into oak trees, which eventually kills the trees. MOB infestations have already been found on 16 oak trees in the North Willamette Valley, and particularly concerning is their targeting of Oregon White Oak trees (Quercus garryana). Oregon white oaks are…

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Our Board Can Now Include You

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The requirements to join the board of a conservation district just became more inclusive. Now, any registered voter living in a conservation district with at least 250,000 people can now run for Zone-specific board positions in the Zone where they reside or for At-Large board positions. Previously, Zone-specific board seats had requirements of owning or…

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You’re Invited: 2023 Annual Meeting

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(PHOTO BY PAT WELLE) Join us for our 2023 Annual Meeting! Date & Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 Hosted Dinner: 5pmAnnual Meeting & Awards Ceremony: 6pmThere will be an abbreviated Board of Directors meeting following the Annual Meeting Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 S Bancroft St, Portland OR 97239 Agenda: Present annual report Present…

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Summer on the water

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Our conservation team is busy getting ready for another aquatic weed season in our waterways! Phragmites australis var. australis and Ludwigia (Ludwigia hexapetela and Ludwigia peploides) are the main targets as they have been found occasionally in the Multnomah Channel. Staff will also be keeping an eye out for other priority aquatic weeds that haven’t…

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Are you interested in serving on our Board of Directors?

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The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors can appoint Associate Directors to contribute additional expertise and energy to the board. What is the role of an Associate Director? Associate Directors are volunteers who reside within the District’s service area. They serve as non-voting members of the Board of Directors. Their input…

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How to create and maintain wildlife habitat on your land

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There are many things you can do to attract wildlife to your property and improve existing wildlife habitat: Want to improve wildlife habitat on your forest land?  The Woodland Fish and Wildlife publication series is for you. A variety of practical “how to” publications are written just for small forest owners in the Pacific Northwest:

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Actions you can take to reduce the impacts of climate change

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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 capture carbon in the soil. Consider making a few small changes…

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