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A Time of Transition

After five years of service, our Executive Director Jay Udelhoven is leaving. We appreciate his significant contributions to the District and its residents, and wish him well. During his time with EMSWCD, Jay led the organization to be more strategic, productive, effective and accountable. Under his tenure, the District’s Land Legacy program grew into maturity, protecting valuable farmland, parks and natural areas in perpetuity, and the Headwaters Farm Incubator successfully launched many new farm businesses. During this time, the District also partnered with residents to expand both urban and rural green spaces, cleaning our water, providing wildlife habitat, and protecting our soil.

We’re proud of these accomplishments, which are due to our incredible staff and partners. We are now poised to work more impactfully with our partners to protect our valuable land and water resources for the future. We hope you’ll join us.

Starting today, June 20th, our Conservation Program Supervisor, Andrew Brown, will serve as Acting Executive Director until we appoint an Interim Executive Director.


Allison Hensey
Chair, Board of Directors
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Welcome, visitors from the “Fall Home Improvement” section!

If you live in Clackamas County, you can find very similar services at the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District!

We are the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, a unit of local government that serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. All our work is geared toward keeping water clean, conserving water and keeping soil healthy!

Get more from your landscape – for less!

  • We offer free workshops every spring and fall! Create a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape, build a rain garden to control your stormwater runoff, and learn about native plants!
  • At our annual native plant sale you can get hardy, low-maintenance trees, shrubs and groundcovers for just $2 or $3 each!
  • Gresham Rain Garden Incentive – $200 – Rain Gardens are a great way to manage rain water on your property. They also provide habitat for birds and pollinators, and just plain look great. Now, for a limited time, Gresham residents can receive $200 for installing a rain garden.

Call us to find out more!

Have questions? Call us at (503) 222-7645, or email us at



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