EMSWCD Director Elections this November

Notice is hereby given that on November 3rd, an election will be held for the purpose of electing board directors to the following positions for the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District:

  • Zone 1 – 4 year term
  • Zone 2 – 4 year term
  • At Large 1 – 4 year term
  • At Large 2 – 2 year term

Zone boundaries, eligibility requirements, and links to the required elections forms may be obtained by visiting our Board Eligibility and Elections page.

Election forms and information may be found on the ODA SWCD Elections page.

Each candidate must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” and a “Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet” with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division. The filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August 25th, 2020.

EMSWCD featured in COLT “State of the Lands” report

cover image for COLT 2020 report

EMSWCD’s Headwaters Farm and Mainstem Farm were both featured in the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) “State of the Lands” 2020 report! The feature covers our Headwaters Incubator Program, which leases land and equipment to farmers launching their new farm businesses, and details how a graduate of the program is now farming on the adjacent Mainstem Farm, which was acquired by EMSWCD through its Working Farmland Protection Program.

There are also ten other features in the report detailing the work and successes of land trusts and other organizations working to protect vital natural lands in Oregon.

Read the COLT report here.

A message from EMSWCD in Solidarity

Dear partners and friends,

At EMSWCD, we stand in solidarity with the movement striving to hold law enforcement accountable, and with the protestors demanding nothing less than a just, equitable, and inclusive society.

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd died at the hands of police, an institution meant to protect him. He was unarmed. His murder is among the latest in a long pattern of brutality and discrimination towards Black members of our community – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many others. The loss of their lives is an overwhelming tragedy.

At EMSWCD, our mission is to help people care for land and water. We cannot care for land and water without caring for people. Throughout American history, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have been forcibly removed from and denied access to land. They have experienced significantly greater impacts from contaminated water and soils, polluted air, flooding, fire, and the increasing effects of climate change. We can do better. Until everyone has equal access to a safe and healthy environment, dismantling racism must be central to our work.

When we are not actively fighting against racism, we are perpetuating it with our silence and inaction. We must be anti-racist. EMSWCD is committed to using our power and privilege to stand with the Black community and help dismantle the racist system. We are committed to listening, learning, and speaking out against injustice. We will make mistakes. We will build practices to check our privilege, but we know it may still sometimes obscure our view of what is right and urgent.

We ask you to hold us accountable and we ask you to join us in this work.

Stay safe. Take care of yourself. May you find the highest and best use of your voice, and be sustained on this long journey by love, hope, healing, and connection.

Carrie Sanneman
Board of Directors, Chair
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

StreamCare enrollment now open in new watersheds – Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook

Since 2009, the StreamCare Program has worked with over 200 landowners to remove weeds and plant native trees and shrubs along their streams for free. Over that time, StreamCare has been available in four priority watersheds in eastern Multnomah County. We are now offering this program in two new watersheds: Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook.

Flyers were recently mailed to eligible landowners in the new watersheds. To learn more, contact Lucas Nipp at (503) 539-5764 or lucas@emswcd.org. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to conduct site visits at this time, but are encouraging folks to call, email, or text now to get on the list so we can get the process started and make sure your space is reserved. Find out more about the StreamCare Program here.

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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