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Join us at our Open House and Garden event on June 1st!

Come tour our naturescaped garden and the green features we’ve added to our historical building on June 1st! At this family-friendly event you’ll see native plants, rain gardens, eco-roofs, pervious pavement and more! You’ll walk away with new ideas for how to care for the land and water in your yard.

  • Visit Our Vibrant Garden
  • Tour Green Building Features
  • Learn About Our Programs
  • Free Kids Activities
  • And much more!

Learn more about
the event here!

Please note that our grounds are ADA accessible, but there are varying types of terrain. For more information or questions on accessibility, please contact Monica at (503) 222-7645 or monica@emswcd.org.

We are hiring for an Outreach and Education Intern!

EMSWCD office

Update, April 17th, 2019: This position is now closed and applications are being reviewed. Thank you for your interest!

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is seeking an Outreach and Education Intern for the Urban Lands program. This position will help promote program offerings through a variety of activities such as coordinating educational workshops, maintaining supplies, supporting staff with annual event preparations, and engaging the community through tabling at community events, email marketing, social media and surveys.

Applications materials are due by April 15th. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.

Public hearing notice regarding conservation easement for working farmland: March 28th, 2019

EMSWCD will hold a public hearing on March 28th, 2019 at 5:00 PM at Multnomah Grange #71, 30639 SE Bluff Road, Gresham, OR 97080 in connection with the acquisition of a conservation easement for working farmland. This easement is being acquired in connection with the sale of EMSWCD’s Oxbow Farm and will ensure the property remains in agricultural use in perpetuity.

EMSWCD acquired the property in 2011, when it was listed for sale. At the time, EMSWCD was concerned that a sale could result in the local farming community losing access to one of the most productive farms within our district. That concern motivated EMSWCD to purchase the property and then make it available for lease to two Multnomah County farmers. Read more

Film screening “Farmers for America” on November 28th

Join us for a screening of the documentary Farmers for America.

  • When: Wednesday, November 28th. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Where:
    Columbia Grange #267
    37493 NE Grange Hall Rd.
    Corbett, OR 97019

FREE! Snacks provided.

Let your friends know you can make it on Facebook.

Farmers for America film
Learn more
about the film

For questions or special accommodations, please contact Chelsea at (503) 935-5376 or by email at chelsea@emswcd.org.

Launch your conservation project with a Partners in Conservation grant!

students planting at a grant project site

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 PIC Grant cycle! The Partners in Conservation (PIC) program provides funding from $5,000 to up to $100,000 to support conservation projects and conservation education in the District. Please take a look at the new 2019 PIC Guidelines to learn more. To begin your application, visit our online grants management system, ZoomGrants.

Apply on the EMSWCD
ZoomGrants webpage

Applications are due by December 14th, 2018. We also made some changes this year to our funding model and grant categories this year. Some highlights:

  • PIC grant requests will be considered up to $100,000 and for up to two years of funding.
  • PIC Plus grants will not be offered this fiscal year.
  • Equity/Capacity Building will no longer be a stand-alone funding category. Equity criteria will be incorporated into other funding categories to reflect its importance in all grantmaking areas. Capacity building will be incorporated into the Environmental Education category to reflect a focus on supporting training and internal educational opportunities.

Learn more about our PIC Grant Programs and how to apply on the PIC Grants page.

A note about elections

We’ve received a number of questions about the elections this year and wish to provide some helpful information.

  • Oregon Revised Statutes determine soil and water conservation district board director eligibility criteria and election process. ORS 568.560 (3) details zone director qualifications. ORS 568.530 (2) – (4) details the write-in procedures.
  • The Oregon Department of Agriculture processes candidate paperwork, determines eligibility, and forwards to the county elections office.
  • The Multnomah County Elections Division counts votes for qualified candidates who filed the necessary paperwork by the identified deadlines.
  • The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), as a government agency, does not participate in the election process and does not lobby for any specific candidate or issue.

EMSWCD has three Board Director positions on the ballot. As identified below, there are two incumbents running for the Zone 3 and At-large 2 positions. . In addition, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has informed us that, as of November 7th, 2018, two write-in candidates had been determined eligible and one candidate’s eligibility was under review for the Zone 1 position.

Zone 1 write-in candidates:

  • Gabrielle Rossi
  • Paula Gagnon
  • Rachelle Dixon (under review)

Zone 3 candidate:

  • Michael Guebert

At-large 2 candidate:

  • Allison Hensey

If you would like more information about Board Director positions, qualifications, and elections, please see our Board page or the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s website.
 

This post was first published on October 26th and edited on November 1st, 2018 for clarification and to include updates on write-in candidates. The post was again edited on November 5th and November 7th, 2018 to include further updates from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on write-in candidates.

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