man holding a tree seedling

Learn how to plant tree seedlings (video)

Western Multnomah County offers a bounty of lush native forest land. These forests support a wide array of wildlife, keep our streams flowing strong and cool, and store carbon to improve air quality and offset climate change.

We can help you design a stewardship plan to restore forest health and offer free technical advice on how to control invasive weeds such as English ivy, scot’s broom, and Armenian blackberry, which can out compete trees and native plants. Contact our Forest Conservationist, Laura Taylor, to get started:

You may also be interested in technical advice on making your home and woods “fire-safe,” enhancing wildlife habitat, maintaining forest roads and stream crossings, and increasing your land’s profitability.  If you want to create or improve streamside areas in your woods, visit the Healthy Streams Program page.

Our focus in the woods fall into these general categories:

Conifer Forest with Native Understory

Conifer Forest with Native Understory


Other Resources




person kneeling on forest floor counting seedlings
Forest Understory Vegetation Enhancement Project

  In the temperate rainforests of western Oregon, diversity is key to high quality wildlife habitat. Wildlife need diverse food sources such as berries, leaves, nuts, and seeds and they thrive in forests that have […]

River View Cemetery Restoration Project

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District began working with River View Cemetery in 2012 to restore over 14 acres of forested land covered with highly invasive weeds such as English ivy and “Traveler’s Joy” […]

Pollinator Monitoring Community Science Program

The District encourages pollinator conservation by helping residents grow vibrant pollinator habitat on their land. Read more on our Planting for Pollinators and Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping pages. From 2016 to 2018, we led a Community […]