Grant Butte Natural Area grows

photo credit: Jim Labbe

The Grant Butte Natural Area just got bigger!

Thanks to a recent collaboration between EMSWCD and Metro, an additional 15 acres adjoining the existing Grant Butte Natural Area was acquired for wildlife habitat and public open space uses. This acquisition adds to the existing 88 acre natural area, providing a significant expanse of natural open space for the residents of East Portland and the City of Gresham.

“We are excited to build upon our prior partnership with Metro to further enhance this community asset,” said EMSWCD Board Chair Rick Till. “These types of collaborations are critical to protecting the important natural resources that make our area such a special place.”

“Metro is proud to support the purchase of the property with $210,000 from the natural areas bond measure voters approved in 2006,” said Jonathan Blasher, Parks and Nature director. “The new acquisition at Grant Butte Wetlands will help protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and provide people with opportunities to enjoy nature close to home.”

The land will be owned and managed by Metro as part of their natural areas portfolio. Metro will also engage the community in a public planning process to explore possibilities for expanding public access at the site. Read more

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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 and a Budget Committee Meeting at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the month of March 2018.

Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

Soil School 2018

Registration is now open for Soil School 2018! This exciting and fun one-day workshop on all things soil will be held Saturday, April 7th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the PCC Rock Creek Event Center. Soil School is sponsored this year by West Multnomah SWCD, Tualatin SWCD and OSU Extension.

Soil School 2018 will be a day packed full of information for small acreage farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil. The health of your soil determines the health of everything growing in it—the food you eat and the crops you produce.

Learn more and register here

This year, Soil School is approved for Oregon Landscape Contractors Board Continuing Education Hours (CEH)! Certificates will be available to registered landscape professionals.

Spring Workshops are here!

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Get ready for spring with one of our free workshops! Learn how to conserve water, reduce pollution and attract beneficial wildlife, all while creating an attractive and low-maintenance landscape. Our workshops are held in a variety of locations in Portland, Gresham and Troutdale.

Register today for a Free Workshop!

Workshops offered this spring include:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Attracting Pollinators
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Urban Weeds

You need to register to attend a workshop – please don’t wait! Workshops tend to fill up quickly. Register today!

We are here to help

Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by the Eagle Creek fire. Once residents are able to return home, they will have questions about managing the burned areas on their properties. We want you to know that we are here to help. We will offer site visits and can identify State, Federal and local resources to assist you. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions you may have.

Please contact Julie DiLeone, our Rural Lands Supervisor, at (503) 935-5360 or julieD@emswcd.org.

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