EMSWCD survey and introduction

EMSWCD is currently conducting a survey of residents in our service area, in order to measure awareness of our organization and services we offer. If you have received an email from Consumer Opinion Services asking to participate in the survey, we hope you will give your feedback. Your answers will help us understand how to better serve your needs.

If this is your first time learning of EMSWCD, welcome! We invite you to learn more about the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Our mission is to help people care for land and water, and we offer a variety of services to help people, organizations and partners do so. Call us at (503) 222-7645 or use our Contact Us page to get started.

EMSWCD offers:

  • Free workshops for urban and rural residents, as well as annual events like our Native Plant Sale and our Yard Tour.
  • Free site visits – we can help you handle conservation issues on your property.
  • Grants to help you or your organization take on conservation projects and environmental education.
  • A land conservation program – assistance for farmers and landowners looking to protect agricultural and natural lands.
  • And much more! Learn more in our About EMSWCD section.

The 2017 Agricultural Census is coming up

2017 Agricultural Census

Farmers, make sure you are counted in the 2017 Agricultural Census! You may request the report form all through June.

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the “Make Sure You Are Counted Make sure you are counted button” button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

Please visit the agcensus.usda.gov website to be added.

Accepting comments on the Dianna Pope Natural Area Site Conservation Plan

A site conservation plan has been developed to outline management of the Dianna Pope Natural Area over the next five years. You are invited to read and comment on the Dianna Pope Natural Area Site Conservation Plan, which can be viewed here.

In 2012, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) purchased 58 acres of property along Orient Drive east of Gresham, Oregon. Approximately 75% of the property became EMSWCD’s Headwaters Farm, home of the Headwaters Incubator Program. The Dianna Pope Natural Area was established on the remaining 14.5 acres of the property, which runs along 0.41 miles of the North Fork of Johnson Creek. Efforts began in early 2013 to restore vegetation to the area, returning it to a more natural condition. Find out more about the restoration work performed to date and our restoration and management plans for the next five years in the document. We welcome your feedback!

Comment on the DPNA Plan

To comment or receive a printed copy contact Lucas Nipp by email or call at (503) 935-5363. Comments will be accepted through June 26, 2017.


Upcoming EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), serving all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled a Board meeting, an Ad-Hoc Associate Director Review meeting and a Personnel Committee meeting at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the month of June 2017.

Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

Erosion Solutions for Nurseries

Erosion Solutions for Nurseries

Funding available at 75% for projects such as:

  • Gravel farm roads
  • Grassed waterways
  • Filter strips
  • Cover crops
  • Field borders
  • Erosion control products (e.g. silt fence)
  • Sediment basins
  • Soil tests

Working together to protect your soil.

EMSWCD is excited to launch Erosion Solutions, a program specifically designed to help nurseries deal with the unique challenges that they face when it comes to soil erosion. We will work closely with each nursery to plan and fund custom solutions to address erosion from their fields. All without creating extra labor or interfering with operations.

Contact Aaron Guffey at (503) 935-5362 or aaron@emswcd.org for more information.

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