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Workshops open during inclement weather

honey bee on red-flowering currant

updated January 15th, 2020

We have had a few questions about inclement weather, including possible snow on the horizon this week! Most EMSWCD workshops are currently set to remain open during inclement weather, unless otherwise noted. Update: the Farm Succession workshop set for today, January 15th has been postponed to March 11th. If any other workshops are cancelled or postponed, we will notify all registrants by email.

You can register for any of our workshops here!

Apply for a Partners in Conservation grant!

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

The 2020 Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grant cycle is now open! Applications will be due on December 16th, 2019. Please take a look at the 2020 PIC Guidelines for more information.

The Partners in Conservation program awards grants annually from $5,000 to $100,000 to non-profit organizations, local governments and educational institutions for on-the-ground conservation projects, environmental education, school and community food gardens, and participation of diverse communities in conservation work. Learn more about PIC Grants here.

Please contact Suzanne if you have any questions at suzanne@emswcd.org.

Public hearing on exemption from competitive bidding

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) will hold a public hearing for the purpose of taking comments on the draft findings for an exemption from the competitive bidding requirement under ORS 297C, for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on an agricultural property owned by EMSWCD, located east of Gresham, Oregon. The hearing will be held at 5211 N Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97217 at 10 AM on Friday, August 2nd, 2019. For queries or to obtain copies of the draft findings, contact Andrew Brown: (503) 222-7645 or info@emswcd.org.

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

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