West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District delivers a training program directed at interested volunteers and landowners to foster the creation of knowledgeable and engaged watershed leaders.
Through a series of trainings (including online webinars, classroom presentations and field work) mentors learn natural area restoration “best management practices” focused on invasive species removal and native planting techniques from experienced environmental professionals and/or experienced volunteer leaders. Following the training, mentors are invited to help lead restoration work parties on existing restoration sites to build capacity, skills and community with land managers who are currently tasked with long term stewardship of their sites. After “graduating” from this program, mentors become part of a network of community volunteer leaders who can mentor new volunteers and land managers. As this network grows, more land conservation will be enhanced and maintained through a community of engaged and knowledgeable stewards.
Watch our website early each year for dates and information about how to sign up for Urban Watershed Mentor training or contact Urban Conservationist Mary Logalbo at 503.238.4775, ext. 103; firstname.lastname@example.org.