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Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Do you feel that cool, crisp morning air? Before we know it, it will be time to “put the garden to bed.” What better time to start dreaming up new, creative ideas for next year’s garden? Thanks to helpful participant feedback, we have added these three new topics in addition to some long-time favorites to our fall schedule!

  • Climate Resilience: At Home, In Your Yard, and Beyond
  • Landscaping for Wildlife
  • Outdoor Water Conservation

Discover simple gardening practices that will help you create a beautiful landscape that conserves water, reduces pollution and attracts beneficial wildlife to your yard. If you are not able to attend a live webinar, we also have recorded sessions you can watch at any time.

View the workshop schedule and register here

Public hearing notice regarding conservation easement: September 22nd, 2022

EMSWCD will hold a virtual public hearing on September 22nd, 2022 at 1:00 PM in connection with the acquisition of a working farmland easement to encumber property located at 8765 SE Stone Road, Boring, OR 97009 and identified as Tax Parcel number 1S4E19CD -00700. This easement will ensure the agricultural resource values of the property are protected in perpetuity.

Interested persons may submit written testimony prior to the hearing to Matt Shipkey at, or may attend the hearing by joining from their computer, tablet or smartphone at or calling in at United States (Toll Free): 1 (877) 309-2073 or United States: +1 (571) 317-3129. Access Code: 253-884-397.

Additional information on the working farmland easement may be obtained by contacting Matt Shipkey, Land Legacy Program Manager at (503) 935-5374 or

Meeting attendees requiring Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations should call (503)222-7645 x 100 ASAP. To better serve you, five (5) business days prior to the event is preferred.


aerial view of the farm plots at Mainstem Farm, showing trees and distant hills beyond the farm


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 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

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!

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