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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.

Irrigation Efficiency Workshop on May 15th

Learn how to save water and money by improving irrigation efficiency on your property! EMSWCD is offering a free workshop on May 15th at the Columbia Grange in Corbett. Topics covered will include converting to drip, sprinkler efficiency, moisture monitoring, and the frequency and duration of irrigation.

Register now!

We are hiring for a Chief of Finance and Operations

EMSWCD office

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is offering an exciting career opportunity for a dedicated professional to serve as the Chief of Finance and Operations (CFO) for EMSWCD’s Finance and Operations Program. The CFO is a senior-level position within EMSWCD, serving on the management team and interacting frequently with the Board of Directors and Board Committees. The CFO is responsible for all budgeting and financial management activities for EMSWCD.

The CFO is also responsible for oversight of 1-6 staff within the Finance and Operations Program. Program activities include but are not limited to board and committee management, contracting, equity, facilities and fleet management, human resources, information technology, office management, and marketing and media.

Update: This position has now been filled. Thank you for your interest!

Our Native Plant Sale is now closed – pick up your plants on February 17th!

Our Native Plant Sale online store is now closed. Thank you for supporting our plant sale! If you purchased plants, be sure to check for your confirmation email, and contact Alex Woolery at if you did not receive one. Learn more in the Native Plant Sale section.

  • Plant sale pickup day is on February 17th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the parking lot of the EMSWCD office located at 5211 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR (link to map).
  • Questions about the plants, picking up your order, or how to plant? Visit our Plant Sale FAQ page!
  • Please note: We are unable to accommodate early or late pick-ups, or to ship orders. If you are unable to pick up your plants, please arrange for a friend to pick them up for you. If you are not able to arrange for someone else to pick up your plants, please call us at (503) 222-7645 right away so we can cancel your order.

Apply for a Partners in Conservation grant!

Is your organization looking for funding for a conservation project? We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant cycle! Our PIC Grant Program supports conservation projects that are located within the District service area (all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River) or serve its residents. Funding areas include:

  • Habitat Restoration and Monitoring
  • Stormwater Management and Naturescaping
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • School and Community Gardens
  • Environmental Education
  • Capacity Building / Equity

Visit our PIC Grants page to
learn more and get started!

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Important notice for SPACE Grant applicants

If you are planning on applying for a SPACE Grant in August, please note that our regular September Board Meeting will not be held until September 18th, 2017, in conjunction with our Annual Meeting on the same date. This means that SPACE Grants for the month will not be considered until that date. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Grants Manager, Suzanne Easton, at (503) 935-5370 or

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