Salmon and Sturgeon Return to Sauvie Island’s Dairy Creek

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How far would you travel to get to Dairy Creek? If you are coming from West Multnomah SWCD’s office, you’d travel about 20 miles north and across Sauvie Island to get to where Reeder Road crosses Dairy Creek at Bill’s Crossing. You can’t map swimming routes on Google Maps, but some salmonids (meaning all types…

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Open position: Urban Conservationist

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Position Title: Urban Conservationist Initial Posting Date: 5/13/2024 Application Deadline: 5 pm PST on 6/3/24 Salary Range: $5,965 per month to start; full range up to $7,251 per month Download this full job posting as a pdf. Who We Are: The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District mission is to provide resources, information, and expertise to inspire…

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Meet Our 2024 Interns!

Gloria on the left, Merek on the right

We are excited to welcome our 2024 interns, who join us for a term from April through early October. They work on a variety of projects, from conservation plans and technical work in the office to site visits and invasives removal in our district. Welcome to the team, Gladys and Merek! Gladys Nava-Jacobo (above left)…

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Notice of Budget Committee Meeting, April 30, 2024

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A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District will take place on 4/30/24, at 6:00PM via Zoom to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025. The purpose of this public meeting is to receive comments from the public on the…

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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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