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EMSWCD survey and introduction

EMSWCD is currently conducting a survey of residents in our service area, in order to measure awareness of our organization and services we offer. If you have received an email from Consumer Opinion Services asking to participate in the survey, we hope you will give your feedback. Your answers will help us understand how to better serve your needs.

If this is your first time learning of EMSWCD, welcome! We invite you to learn more about the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Our mission is to help people care for land and water, and we offer a variety of services to help people, organizations and partners do so. Call us at (503) 222-7645 or use our Contact Us page to get started.

EMSWCD offers:

  • Free workshops for urban and rural residents, as well as annual events like our Native Plant Sale and our Yard Tour.
  • Free site visits – we can help you handle conservation issues on your property.
  • Grants to help you or your organization take on conservation projects and environmental education.
  • A land conservation program – assistance for farmers and landowners looking to protect agricultural and natural lands.
  • And much more! Learn more in our About EMSWCD section.

The 2017 Agricultural Census is coming up

2017 Agricultural Census

Farmers, make sure you are counted in the 2017 Agricultural Census! You may request the report form all through June.

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting and clicking on the “Make Sure You Are Counted Make sure you are counted button” button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

Please visit the website to be added.

Accepting comments on the Dianna Pope Natural Area Site Conservation Plan

Update: the comment period ended on June 26th, 2017. We will post a front page announcement when the final version of the plan is approved. Thank you!

A site conservation plan has been developed to outline management of the Dianna Pope Natural Area over the next five years. You are invited to read and comment on the Dianna Pope Natural Area Site Conservation Plan, which can be viewed here.

In 2012, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) purchased 58 acres of property along Orient Drive east of Gresham, Oregon. Approximately 75% of the property became EMSWCD’s Headwaters Farm, home of the Headwaters Incubator Program. The Dianna Pope Natural Area was established on the remaining 14.5 acres of the property, which runs along 0.41 miles of the North Fork of Johnson Creek. Efforts began in early 2013 to restore vegetation to the area, returning it to a more natural condition. Find out more about the restoration work performed to date and our restoration and management plans for the next five years in the document. We welcome your feedback!

Yard Tour is this Saturday, May 13th!

Our Naturescaped Yard Tour takes place this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM! Registration for the event is closed, but if you did not get a chance to register, you can still email Katie Meckes at, and you will receive an auto-reply with a link to the Yard Tour guide.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at naturescaped yards that are bursting with color, creativity and function on this free self-guided tour. The tour gives you the chance to see up to 9 yards that demonstrate naturescaping principles in action.

Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting on April 20th

Join us on Thursday, April 20th at the next Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting! Jeremy Baker and Aaron Guffey, two of our Senior Rural Conservationists, will both present at the meeting as guest speakers. Jeremy will speak about a new cost-share project for installing drip irrigation for better water management, and Aaron will share the work EMSWCD is doing with nurseries to help address erosion issues. Staff from Clackamas SWCD will also be in attendance.

The meeting takes place at the Country Insurance office in Wood Village (832 NE 223rd Avenue, Suite B, Wood Village), and runs from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending: call (503) 502-8596 or email More details in the Multnomah County Farm Bureau newsletter linked below.

Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting newsletter

Soil School 2017

Soil School 2017

The health of your soil determines the health of everything growing in it – the food you eat and the crops you produce! Learn all about how to care for your soil at Soil School 2017! The event will be a day packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil.

When: Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (Registration 8:00-8:30 AM)
Where: PCC Rock Creek Event Center, 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland
Cost: $30 per person or $50 for two people (Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided)
Register: Event page on

Attendees will learn about soil structure/composition and analysis, as well as topics such as planting for pollinators, cover crops, irrigation, landscaping with native plants, composting, invasive weeds, fungi, permaculture, composting, pest management, and rebuilding urban soils.

For more information, please call WMSWCD Communications Coordinator Carolyn Lindberg at (503) 238-4775 ext 101 or email at

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