We are hiring! New Conservation Program Supervisor and Conservation Technician/Outreach positions

EMSWCD yard

We are excited to announce that we are hiring for two new positions: a Conservation Program Supervisor and a Conservation Technician – Outreach and Education!

The Conservation Program Supervisor will serve as the program supervisor for the Land Legacy and Grants Programs, and also as lead planner for our District, overseeing the development and implementation of our strategic, program-specific and annual plans and reports.

The Conservation Technician – Outreach and Education will serve as the lead for outreach and education for the Rural Lands Program, promoting programs and offerings to rural, private landowners through a wide variety of outreach activities.

Visit our Opportunities page to learn more about these positions and how to apply.

Getting rid of invasive garlic mustard!

patch of invasive garlic mustard, flowering

Garlic mustard is a very invasive, fast-spreading weed, and Multnomah County has the worst infestation of it in Oregon. The roots produce a chemical that is toxic to other plants, and it can grow in most soil types. It can also grow in full sun or full shade, making it a threat to a wide variety of our native plants and habitats. You can help get rid of it, though – read on for some important tips about pulling up and getting rid of garlic mustard.

Many other plants are often mistaken for garlic mustard, especially before the flowers come up. Control is easiest when garlic mustard plants are in bloom (usually beginning in April), unless you can easily identify the rosettes (leaves) of the plant. Hand removal can be a successful technique in small patches that can be visited often and re-pulled frequently. Learn how to pull up garlic mustard and see more photos after the break! Read more

Spring Workshops are here!

honey bee on red flowering currant

Our free workshops teach simple gardening practices that will help you create beautiful landscape features that conserve water, reduce pollution and create habitat for birds and pollinators. Learn how to create your own attractive, low-maintenance landscape, how to build your own rain garden and how to handle aggressive urban weeds! We have four topics to choose from this spring:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Urban Weeds

Space is limited and registration is required – sign up for a free workshop today!
Register today for a Free Workshop!

 

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden – Grand Opening Celebration

photo from the 2014 Nadaka Groundbreaking event

Join us to celebrate the official opening of Nadaka Nature Park & Garden in Gresham this Saturday, April 4th! The new park features community gardens, a nature-based play area and picnic shelter, as well as a 10-acre forest! You can meet Audubon Society of Portland’s education birds, learn from Slough School, and help spread seeds on the new eco-lawn. A nature play expert from ONPLAY will also be on hand to demonstrate the ways the nature play area can be used, and there will be refreshments and fun activities for the whole family! Watch the video below to learn more, and read more after the break.

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