Boards/Committees: Hosted June board meeting; hosted LLC co-chairs meeting in Rick M. and Andrew's absence.
External Engagement: Finalized watershed council strategic partnership agreement; conference called with the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and other soil and water conservation districts to discuss state-level representation on the Governor's working group regarding working lands; appointed as the OACD representative on the Governor's work group; reviewed and commented on draft legislative language that will establish the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program, which will be a state-level funding mechanism for agricultural conservation easements, among other things; met with Trang Lam, the new Deputy Director for Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), to discuss our upcoming board meeting at Colwood and the related PP&R presentation; met with Gerald Deloney of Self Enhancement Inc. to discuss inclusion issues and the green job pipeline.
Planning/Budgeting: Began staff and district-wide annual work planning.
Program Implementation: Attended Portland Harbor Superfund meeting.
Boards/Committees: Host Personnel Committee on 6/29; prep for July board meeting; meet with Mike Gerel of Sustainable Northwest, who is interested in possible board participation.
External Engagement: Host watershed councils to sign the strategic partnership agreement; attend OAHP meeting; attend meeting of the Mt. Hood Chapter of the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
Planning/Budgeting: Finalize district-wide annual work planning and send to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Program Implementation: Work with Andrew to draft comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup; Mike Guebert and I will meet with Metro to discuss their plans to extend the 40-mile loop trail from the Springwater Trail to Troutdale.
Vacation: Will be sailing one of the seven seas July 3-10.
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
Program Supervision / Finance & BudgetLissa Adams
Prepared and analyzed year-to-date budget vs. actual reports for each program.
Worked with Equity Team to prepare draft report presenting results of the equity analysis and submitted to staff for comments/input.
Presented adopted budget resolution to the board at June board meeting; budget resolution was approved by unanimous vote; budget paperwork submitted to TSCC and Multnomah County Assessor.
Continuing work on FY16-17 workplans; reviewing draft workplans for all F&O staff.
Following up on requests for quotes for FY15-16 audit.
Office ManagementJed Arnold
Worked with insurer to increase employee life insurance benefit as of 7/1/16.
Created a draft FY 16/17 Work Plan.
Did some year end clean up of board and Committee Records.
Coordinate with Katie and Chelsea regarding basement reorganization.
Work with Alex to develop a draft design for mesh back ballcaps.
Research shared user sit licenses for the new version of Adobe products.
Facilities ManagementScot Wood
The board room floors repairs and refinishing are now complete.
The new walk-in cooler installation is almost complete.
I participated in the interview process for the new seasonal part time position at Headwaters.
I will be ordering and installing a new door in the south board room entrance.
I will be assisting Rowan in the completion of the new cooler.
I will be starting the next round of mowing at Headwaters.
Marketing & MediaAlex Woolery
Finalized outdoor signage designs for Headwaters farm entrances and conservation easements, reviewed and revised, have been in touch several companies for quotes and framing options.
Reviewed first materials Urban Lands created with the new half-page booklet template, made some layout changes to the template for font size/readability and to include a non-discrimination policy statement. Finalized display panel template and reviewed with outreach staff and managers.
Obtained revised quotes, options and design details from several printers for the beneficial bug booklet; worked with Chelsea and other districts' staff to explore a shared bulk order.
Finalize 2016-17 personal work plan and review with Lissa.
Review and finalize Urban Lands outreach materials and send to print. Finalize quotes and details for outdoor signage and bug booklet, and order.
Complete outline of EMSWCD branding/identity plan, a corollary to the Marketing Plan.
Update the rain garden exercise booklet with new text and imagery.
Information TechnologyAlex Woolery
Set up Andrew's new computer station and replaced Jeremy's station with Andrew's old one. Jeremy's station in turn will go to Rural Lands staff.
Minolta printer had some issues on Jun 22nd where staff print jobs would not go through due to apparent IP address conflict. Troubleshooted and started service ticket with vendor.
Assisted staff with station setup, software questions, transferring bookmarks, profile settings and files to new stations.
Order backup software and prepare for new backup system to be installed in July.
Continue cycling replaced computer stations to staff with older stations; update computer inventory and replacement schedule.
Assist staff with any software, station, network or printing issues or questions as needed.
Program ManagementJulie DiLeone
Pre-construction meeting with engineer and contractor for the culvert project went well. Still waiting on the Multnomah County permit.
Completed a draft work plan for the Rural Lands program as well as my individual work plan. Reviewing Rural Lands individual work plans.
Out sick 3 days and jury duty 1 day in the last 2 weeks.
Coordinate contractor staging for culvert replacement.
Finalize work plans.
Rural Water QualityAaron Guffey
Aaron is currently on parental leave until Mid-September.
I completed the first draft of my work plan and made edits to the Rural Lands Program Work Plan.
I conducted one more 'exit site visit' for a landowner graduating from the StreamCare program this summer. We walked the sites discussing where things were at, what they could expect moving forward and I answered questions they had. I also discussed the ODFW Riparian tax incentive program with them and provided them with a native plant ID guide that Chelsea created, a list of the plants installed on their properties, and several other EMSWCD informational materials. I conducted two more site visits for landowners interested in enrolling in StreamCare.
I completed 1.5 days of spraying on StreamCare sites that were planted earlier this year.
I met with Rowan to talk about planning future pollinator areas at Headwaters and with Andrew to talk about planning hedgerows at the Oxbow Property.
I have less than one day of spraying to complete on StreamCare sites that were planted this year.
I will work on further drafts of my work plan after I receive input from Julie.
Chris, Jon and I will tour some sites along the Sandy River where The Nature Conservancy has conducted vegetation restoration.
Technical AssistanceJeremy Baker
Revising agreement for irrigation project to protect water rights from sale or transfer.
Completed a draft individual work plan.
Helped with an irrigation water management training for District employees from our area. Attended a grass identification training.
Preparing to present irrigation project request for funding at July Board meeting.
Site visit and technical assistance follow up with two landowners.
Weed ManagementChris Aldassy
We are wrapping up garlic mustard control for the season. I led a crew at several larger sites and
did some control work with Jon and solo at some smaller infested areas.
Surveyed areas nearby areas infested with garlic mustard.
Followed up on a knotweed report. Found the patch along Buck creek on industrial forest property on Larch Mountain.
I'll be working on my work plan for the following year, and my performance review from this
Finish garlic mustard control and begin false brome control.
Catch up on administrative tasks from paternity leave.
Weed ManagementJon Wagner
I collected water quality samples.
Ellen, Chris and I have been finishing follow-up hand pulling at high priority garlic mustard sites and we have continued first pass false brome surveys and control.
I completed healthy livestock illustration for mailer, worked on work plan, outreach landowners and water quality and garlic mustard data entry.
Finish annual work plan, basement organization work, plan water quality outreach.
Tour Nature Conservancy restoration sites along the Sandy River.
Continue first pass surveys and control for False Brome.
Outreach & EducationChelsea White-Brainard
Presented to the Multnomah Grange about our programs and future partnering opportunities.
Worked with Jon to create mailer to send to landowners in the agricultural water quality focus area about upcoming Healthy Livestock workshop.
With the Equity Team, finalized the summary of the Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity.
Coordinated presentation of Nursery Grower Study by Pivot Group.
Facilitate CWMA (Cooperative Weed Management Area) Pull Together planning meeting.
Finalize personal work plan.
Design materials about beetle banks for Far West Show booth.
With Lucas, send StreamCare survey to recently graduated landowners.
Program ManagementKathy Shearin
Completed final edits to the weeds section of the Rain Gardens 101 workshop mini-workbook.
Reviewed final draft of performance evaluation template.
Review preliminary report from Hererra and meet with SRBWC to prep for the planning meeting scheduled for July 6th.
Grass ID class.
Provided edits to the new Urban Lands outreach materials.
Reviewing and compiling staff and program workplans.
Review IPM Website development report/update.
Technical AssistanceErik Carr
Met with Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to discuss MHCC campus assessment and naturescaping projects.
Updating annual work plan.
Met with West Multnomah SWCD to discuss urban program collaboration ideas; met with US Fish and Wildlife urban program to discuss pollinator habitat project at the Grotto.
Meeting with Columbia Slough WC to consult on EMSWCD grant-funded project on Fairview Creek.
Attending Regional Connectivity Working Group quarterly meeting.
Technical site visits.
Outreach & EducationAngela Previdelli
Final review and draft of outreach materials.
Review of 19 grants for Metro's Restoration Grant Review Committee for the pre-application phase.
Worked on equity team documents for presentation to staff members.
Drafted new version of workplan for FY 16-17.
Vacation! Woohoo! I will be biking through the Wallowas and will be back in the office July 5th.
Outreach & EducationKatie Meckes
Attended Greening Schoolyards Taskforce meeting.
Met with WMSWCD about possibility of unifying our messaging and better coordinating our offerings across Districts.
Drafted final text for Urban Lands outreach pamphlets and Rain Garden Exercise Booklets.
Scheduled 20 fall workshops, sent the initial confirmation email to all hosts and sent the schedule to presenters.
Downloaded results from 2015 Naturescaping and Rain Garden workshop surveys. Sent lucky raffle winners their gift certificates.
Submitted final draft of work plan.
Met with Chelsea to discuss big picture basement organization plan.
Select a Greening Schoolyards sub-committee and attend future meetings beginning in September.
Attend second meeting which is to take place in July.
Perform one last review before Angela sends final draft to Alex for printing.
Post workshops to website, create fliers, then send all hosts their checklists, fliers and link to registration page.
Review and provide feedback on new pollinator and beneficial insects workshop presentations.
Program ManagementAndrew Brown
Worked on EMSWCD District work plan, and individual Conservation Legacy staff work plans, for next fiscal year (FY 2016-17).
Pursued various due diligence activities, and management options, related to the ag acquisition property.
Attended the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Science to Policy Summit on Climate Change.
Complete draft EMSWCD District work plan for FY 16-17.
Pursued various due diligence activities related to the ag acquisition property.
Formulate draft comment on Portland Harbor Superfund site EPA clean-up proposal.
Research online grant management software solutions for possible use by the Grants Program.
Land LegacyRick McMonagle
Continued due diligence activities for farm acquisition project.
Discussed Transfer of Development Rights w/DLCD staff.
Attended Board meeting.
Attended Pivot presentation re: Nursery survey.
Drafted FY16-17 work plan.
Continuing due diligence activities for farm acquisition project.
Meeting with ALE project landowners.
Attending InFarmation event.
Revising FY16-17 work plan.
Meetings: met with Verde staff to review Build Cully Park financials and PIC 2016 budget; met with representatives from Mudbone Family Farm to discuss pre-school garden project and possible grant funding; met with representatives from SOLVE about transferring PIC restoration project.
Attended new ED welcoming event for Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO).
Attended Intertwine supported Greening Schoolyards meeting. Group is developing an action plan and subcommittees to implement.
Site visit to NAYA - follow-up to recent Board approval of PIC project modification; site visit to Crystal Springs work party -PIC 2015 project.
Worked with Andrew on 2016/17 workplan.
Continue contracting for PIC 2016 grants.
Site-visits: Green Lent PIC 2015 project; Fairview Creek with Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Erik Carr - PIC Plus project.
Process and review new SPACE grants; continue PIC 2016 contracting.
Plan reception for 2016 grantees, scheduled for July 14, 5-7pm at the EMSWCD.
Present PIC 2016 survey results to staff.
Headwaters FarmRowan Steele
Coordinating end of FY projects: curing shed and cooler.
Conducting the hiring process for the Headwaters Farm Operations Assistant position.
Attended irrigation water management training at CCSWCD.
Compiling 2nd quarter invoices.
Conducting mid-season check ins with incubator farmers.
Presenting the Headwaters Incubator Program at the Woodlawn Farmers Market and promoting the
upcoming farm tour as per their Partners In Conservation grant.