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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 Board and Committee meetings via teleconference for the months of August through December 2022.

Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

West Multnomah SWCD is hiring for a District Manager

The West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a new District Manager. This is a full-time position that can be hybrid (in-office work combined with remote work). The District Manager reports directly to the Board Chair and supervises nine staff. From the West Multnomah website:

“We are pleased to announce our search for a District Manager. Our District Manager position is key to our organization and is responsible for representation of the District, conservation program and work plan development, organizational, personnel, and fiscal management, and board development and support. This might be the right position for you if you are passionate about natural resource conservation, agriculture, urban and rural land use, and our environment, and you have the skills to inspire, motivate, and align the staff and board toward common goals and strategies in fulfillment of the District’s mission.”

Learn more about the position and how to apply on the WMSWCD website

Tema del Seminario – Insectos benéficos: cuáles son y cómo nos pueden ayudar

23 de mayo 18:00 a 19:00

Los insectos proveen muchos servicios benéficos en nuestros jardines y nuestras granjas. Aquí en Oregon, tenemos cientos de especies de abejas nativas, junto con numerosas moscas, escarabajos, polillas, y mariposas que polinizan nuestras flores y cosechas. Tenemos también un ejército de insectos benéficos, incluyendo escarabajos, moscas, avispas, chinches de alas de encajes que proveen control de plagas gratuito al atacar las plagas que viven en nuestros jardines y nuestras granjas.

La foto: CASM Environmental

En este taller, aprenderá sobre los diferentes tipos de insectos benéficos en Oregon, y usted descubrirá plantas y prácticas de manejo que proveen alimentos, agua, y refugio para atraer insectos y sostenerlos todo el año.

Acompáñenos a un taller de una hora y después tendrémos tiempo para preguntas y respuestas.

Organizado por Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District y East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. La grabación se publicará en el canal de YouTube de Tualatin SWCD después del taller.

Regístrese al Insectos Benéficos

Announcing our 2022 Partners in Conservation grants!

Recently-planted red flowering currant at a grant project restoration site

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District awarded 2022 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grants totaling $700,000 in new funding. The funds are awarded to 14 nonprofits, schools and local governments for fish and wildlife habitat enhancements, urban agriculture, community garden and conservation education projects in the EMSWCD service area (all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River). Please see the list of the PIC 2022 grantees below.

Since it was created in 2007, the District has awarded $10 million to more than 130 organizations through the PIC grant program. Projects restore habitat for native fish, get kids outside to learn about and care for nature, give people opportunities to learn to garden and grow food close to home, and support more healthy, sustainable communities.

Board member Jim Carlson, who served on the Grant Review Committee this year, says, “as a new member of the Board of Directors, I learned a great deal about the diversity of programs and projects we fund through our Partners in Conservation Grant Program. These investments play an important role in helping us achieve our mission.”

Visit this page for the full list of 2022 PIC Grant projects!

Mt. Hood Community College Volunteer Planting Day

Photo collage of planting event, all outdoors, masked with groups of people standing outside.

Thanks for joining us for a morning of fun and community building at the Mt. Hood Community College Volunteer Planting! On March 5th we planted a variety of 350 bare-root native trees and shrubs to help beautify the campus and improve habitat for students, visitors, and wildlife.

We had so much fun at our first in-person, all-outdoors masked event since COVID began. We were joined by group of about 20 people, including MHCC students, families, and folks from all over the area who were excited to plant hundreds of native plants. Check out their growth by visiting the Visual Arts buildings on Mount Hood Community College’s campus.

Thanks so much for helping us create a more sustainable and beautiful campus, and thanks to Mt. Hood Community College for partnering with us for this event!

EMSWCD helps protect Shaull property

A grove of Douglas fir trees and a future access way at the Former Shaull property

EMSWCD was pleased to partner with the City of Gresham and Metro to acquire and preserve the former Shaull property in the Grant Butte area! This 8-acre property builds upon our previous investments in the surrounding area and further protects the water quality of the adjoining Fairview Creek headwaters and wetlands complex. It will also set the stage for improved access to the adjacent Southwest Community Park.

Learn more about this project here!

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