What We Do

Everything we do is designed to help you better manage your land, whether you own or manage a farm with livestock or horses, produce crops, need help protecting a nearby stream, or simply want to replace noxious weeds with native plants. If you live in the western part of Multnomah County, we can offer you free technical assistance for almost any issue you have on your property that relates to soil or water. Solving these problems will improve the health of your land, forest, livestock and horses, wildlife, stream quality and landscape. Most often it also results in improved crop production and increased land value. The following map outlines some of the projects we’ve funded through our grant programs. In addition, our program areas are outlined below. Find out what works best for your land- then, give us a call!

Our strategic plan outlines where we are currently focusing our efforts.

Conservation Planning
A conservation plan is simply a “plan of action” for your land. We help you identify issues with your property, talk about what can be done to solve them and help you write up a plan detailing your goals and steps to achieve them. Conservation plans are voluntary and completely up to you as to how far you want to go with any particular project. Every parcel of land is different, so each conservation plan is unique. Whether you just want to get rid of blackberry from your property, thin your woods, prevent erosion on your land or construct a “heavy use area” for your horses or livestock; we can help.

Grant Opportunities
A variety of funding sources may be appropriate for your conservation and watershed health projects, including District, local, state, federal, and non-profit sources. If you already have a well defined project, you might find an appropriate source to pursue. If your project is not yet ready for submitting to a funding source, then you can work with Conservation District staff to complete a plan.

Invasive Weeds
Invasive weeds, such as English ivy and garlic mustard, displace native plants and wildlife, create monocultures of a single plant, and reduce land value, crop yield and quality. District conservationists can help you identify invasive weeds on your land, help remove them and give you advice on native plants and shrubs to plant in their place.

Farms & Livestock
Conservation District planners can help survey your operation whether it be a small sheep farm or a full-size cattle farm or horse stable. We walk you through the process of determining your needs and provide technical advice for optimum animal health and farm productivity and management.

The Conservation District helps landowners better manage their forests to enhance the health of the stand, create and improve wildlife habitat, increase marketability, and improve aesthetics. We connect forest owners with technical and financial resources to develop a forest stewardship plan.

Outreach & Education
The Conservation District helps sponsor educational programs on conservation issues. We work with schools and other agencies to raise awareness about conservation and to encourage student participation. We regularly hold free workshops for residents, provide speakers for a variety of community meetings and events and regularly table at events related to our mission and strategy.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations will be made with advance notice by calling West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District at (503) 238-4775.

Sauvie Island Projects
The Conservation District works on a number of projects on Sauvie Island including the Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project, private landowner restoration projects involving mud and manure management, riparian and oak habitat restoration, and pasture management, and assisting the Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement Company with its hydrology study.

Neighborhood Projects
In response to the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District’s tax-base, population growth, urbanization and changing environmental regulations, the Conservation District has developed several innovative programs for city-dwellers to deal with natural resource issues, such as identifying and getting rid of invasive weeds, landscaping with native plants, managing stormwater runoff, and converting lawns to meadows for wildlife habitat.

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District does not discriminate based on any class or identity including age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The District is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. The District makes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and special needs to provide access to district events, materials and services. If you have requests for accommodations or complaints about discrimination, harassment, inequitable treatment and being denied access to district events, materials and services, or for any questions at all, please contact us at our email info@wmswcd.org or call 503.238.4775.