Our 2021-22 fiscal year Annual Report is here! This year we are offering a new self-guided presentation of our Annual Report with an interactive Prezi Story Map. It’s a chance to view what our talented team has accomplished this year all across our District. Visit this page to learn how to use the story map and to see where and how we work to meet our mission of helping people care for land and water.
We are pleased to announce that our website can now be viewed in twelve other languages! All of the text content, buttons and menus on the site are automatically translated into the language of your choosing. To view the site in another language, please find the dropdown menu at the top of the page and select a language.
Please note: as the content is automatically translated, you may encounter some translation errors. If you notice an error, please feel free to reach out to us and report it. Please also note that although the text is translated, most brochures and other files linked on our site are not. If you would like to request a translation of any materials, or assistance in another language, please contact us.
Available translations currently include:
We hope you will explore the translated versions of our site and that you find them useful! For any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Want to grow healthy food, improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and support strong and sustainable communities? We are now accepting applications through Dec. 15, 2022, for 2023 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grants! Our PIC Grant Program supports conservation projects that are located within the District service area (all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River) or serve its residents. Funding areas include:
- Soil health and water quality
- Reducing and addressing climate impacts
- Sustainable agriculture and community gardens
- Outdoor and garden education programs
- Fish and wildlife habitat restoration
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.
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.
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.”
Fifty acres of highly productive farmland is EMSWCD’s latest “Forever Farm” project – farmland that will always remain in active farm use. Learn more about this working farmland project here:
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!