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Garlic Mustard 2020 update

a field of invasive garlic mustard is flowering

EMSWCD Garlic Mustard control during Covid-19 pandemic:

Our staff and contractors will continue to implement our garlic mustard containment project to the best of our abilities during this crisis. However, our capacity to provide services has been greatly reduced in the last few weeks, and will be for the near future. We are currently working with State, Federal and local officials to gain access to lands with garlic mustard that are currently closed.

Because of our limitations we are encouraging anyone with a garlic mustard infestation on their property to take advantage of the extra time at home to pull and bag the plants located on your own property. You can dispose of bagged garlic mustard at the dumpster provided by EMSWCD, located at the old ball field at the top of Corbett Hill Road. Please be sure to sanitize your hands before and after touching the door to the dumpster.

We’ve made a lot of progress in the last ten years, and this year more than ever we need your help so that we don’t lose ground in our fight against garlic mustard.

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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 meetings and Budget, Land Legacy and Personnel Committee meetings at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the months of January through June 2020.

Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

Important information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED March 25th

Updated March 25th, 2020

We at EMSWCD care about your health and the health of our most vulnerable populations. With the growing concerns around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we have decided to close our offices to the public and cancel many of our upcoming workshops and events until further notice. Most staff will be working remotely. Please call or e-mail for assistance.

EMSWCD staff are working on ways to bring the workshops, meetings, and events to you remotely. Please see our Upcoming Workshops page for updated information about our spring workshops. Stay tuned for further updates, please keep social distancing, and stay healthy!


Additional information is available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority:

EMSWCD Board Updates, February 2020

Laura Masterson (left) presents Allison Hensey with a service award

Laura Masterson (left) presents Allison Hensey with a service award

At the February Board meeting, At-Large 2 Director Allison Hensey resigned from her position on the EMSWCD Board of Directors. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Allison for seven years of dedicated service to the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Among her many valuable contributions, Allison has done terrific work helping advance diversity, equity and inclusion at EMSWCD, and serving as our Board Chair over the last year guiding the organization through a time of transition.

Carrie Sanneman, formerly our Associate Director, has been appointed to the At-Large 2 position. To learn more about our Board members, as well as view upcoming meetings and agendas, please visit our Board section.

Free Farm Succession Planning Workshop Series

Emily driving a tractor at Mainstem Farm

“The farm succession planning workshop series helped us create an important road map for the future of our family farm.”
-The Sturm family, 2019 Farm Succession Planning Workshop participants.

Update: the Farm Succession workshop set for January 15th has been postponed due to weather concerns. The first workshop in the series will now take place on January 29th and the series will extend to March 11th (see below for dates and full details).

EMSWCD is excited to once again offer a free farm succession planning workshop series for District farmers(the EMSWCD service area consists of all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River). Taught by a leading national expert, the workshop series will offer strategies to transition the farm and farm business, tax planning and so much more. One-on-one personalized counseling is also offered at no cost. The workshop will take place at the Multnomah Grange (30639 SE Bluff Road, Boring) on January 29th, February 12th and February 26th, and on March 11th from 1 – 4 pm, with a complimentary lunch at 12:30 PM.

Registration is required and space is limited – RSVP with Kathryn Nishimoto at (503) 594-0738 or kathykb@clackamas.edu.

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