Water & Soil

2016 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 250+ Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

City of Gresham, Free Rain Gardens 101 Workshop: Sat May 14, 2016 9AM-1PM

05/14/2016 - 9:00am
05/14/2016 - 1:00pm
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City of Gresham, Free Rain Gardens 101 Workshop: Sat May 14, 2016 9AM-1PM. Get involved, make a difference. Info here!

Building Healthy Streams

When: Sat May 14, 2016 9AM-1PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
General Education Building
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR
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Learn step-by-step how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Topics include determining the right size and location for a rain garden, how to build it and advice on choosing plants that will thrive in it.

For more information about this event contact Katie Meckes at 503-935-5368 or katie@emswcd.org

Free! Naturescaping Workshop: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9AM-1PM

02/13/2016 - 9:00am
02/13/2016 - 10:00pm
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Free! Naturescaping Workshop: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9AM-1PM. Learn how to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time & money. Info here!

Low-maintenance Landscape

When: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9AM-1PM
Where: St Aidan’s Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR
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Learn how to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time & money! Explore how native plants can make your outdoor space a vibrant, healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. You’ll dig up fresh ideas, tips & resources to bring back to your yard.

Register online at: www.emswcd.org

More Info
Call 503-222-7645 for more information.

Hosted by: City of Gresham & Friends of Nadaka

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District 2015 Naturescaped Yards Tour: Sat May 16, 2015 11AM-4PM

05/16/2015 - 11:00am
05/16/2015 - 4:00pm
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East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District 2015 Naturescaped Yards Tour: Sat May 16, 2015 11AM-4PM. Info here!

Tour Local Naturescapes

When: Sat May 16, 2015 11AM-4PM
Where: East Multnomah Soil & Water
Conservation District
5211 N Williams Av
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Local Tour
Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to naturescaped yards and gardens that are bursting with color and creativity on this free, self-guided tour. The yard tour is a unique opportunity to meet the do-it-yourself gardeners who have created low-maintenance landscapes featuring native plants, wildlife attractors and water conservation, all without relying on synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

Register for this event.

Join SOLV at Nadaka Nature Park for an Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 18, 2015 9AM-12PM

04/18/2015 - 9:00am
04/18/2015 - 12:00pm
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Join SOLV at Nadaka Nature Park for an Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 18 2015 9AM-12PM. Info here!
Nadaka /SOLV Earth Day Clean-up

Earth Day, Every Day

When: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Friends of Nadaka have received grants for the development of the Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!

Event info
Come out and meet your neighbors and make new friends. Join SOLV® and Friends of Nadaka to help improve the park this Earth Day. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Mulching Trails, Trash Removal and possibly work in Community Garden. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Click here to register yourself, your group or to learn more about this event.

Rain or Shine!
Come dressed for weather and help improve Nadaka Nature Park. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Drinks and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Waterwise Gardening: 10 Simple Ways to Save Water and Money this Summer

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Landscapes add value, beauty and livability to our homes

Waterwise Gardening: 10 Simple Ways to Save Water and Money this Summer. Provided by the Portland Metro, Regional Water Providers Consortium. Info here!

With water use often doubling in the dry summer months due to outdoor watering, lawns and gardens also offer great potential to save time, money and water by making simple waterwise improvements.

In the Portland area, we receive 90 percent of our rainfall October through May. That means we use the most water during the very same months that we get the least rain. Being efficient with your water use makes sound economic and environmental sense, and helps our region meet its long-term water supply needs.

Waterwise gardening doesn’t have to look like a typical southwest cactus and rock landscape. Rather, waterwise gardening practices that incorporate efficient watering tips can create beautiful landscapes that are multi-colored, vibrant and bountiful, even during the hottest summer days.

Laminated Root Rot and Nadaka Nature Park: Managing a Hidden Killer


Laminated Root Rot. Click to enlarge

Laminated Root Rot and Nadaka Nature Park

Abel Gebrezgi and Jim Labbe
Audubon Society of Portland

INTRODUCTION
Laminated root rot (LRR) is a fungal pathogen, Phellinus weirii, also known as yellowing ring rot. (LLR gets its name from the lamination of the decayed wood (see photo above). This fungus is widespread in Southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, northern California and western Montana.). It is one of the most damaging root diseases amongst conifers, especially firs and cedars, in the Pacific Northwest. Douglas fir, Mountain hemlock, Western hemlock, Grand fir, and Pacific silver fir are highly susceptible to infection by this pathogen. Pine species like Western white pine and Ponderosa pine and larch are more resistant to it while hardwoods are immune. The fungus was first discovered in 1914, on Western red cedar in Idaho. The first reported case in Douglas fir was in 1940, at Cowichan Lake, British Columbia.

BIOLOGY
The mycelium of LRR doesn’t grow in the soil and the spores do not spread by wind like most fungal pathogens. Infection occurs when roots of healthy trees grow in contact with infected roots.


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After initial contact with a living root, the mycelium grows on the bark, extending only a few inches into the surrounding soil. The mycelium penetrates the host through the injured bark and advances along newly infected roots. Symptoms include crown yellowing and thinning, distress of cones, red-brown staining of outer heartwood, and separation of annual rings. Less discernible is the root rot which eventually decays the roots, destabilizes the tree, and leads to death and toppling. In addition to the loss of mature trees within a stand, LRR creates potential hazards from tree fall especially in small urban parks. The number of cases of the LRR disease has increased substantially with the presence of fire suppression and resulting dominance of Douglas-fir and Grand fir.

Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost with Metro funding award

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project gets a boost. Regional Funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden. Info here!

Friday May 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

Regional funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden

On May 17th the Metro Council awarded $238,000 in capital funding to the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, building momentum to this community-driven garden and nature park project in West Gresham. The competitive Metro grant award comes from capital bond funds approved by voters as part of the 2006 Regional Natural Areas Bond Measure and will support new park features like a nature based-play area, rain garden, community garden and more. The new funding adds to over $150,000 in existing financial support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust and the City of Gresham.

Free, Rain Garden 101 Workshop: May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM

05/19/2012 - 9:00am
05/19/2012 - 1:00pm
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Free, Rain Garden 101 Workshop: May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM. Info here!

Add a rain garden!

When: Sat May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM
Mt. Hood Community College
Town and Gown Room
26000 SE Stark
Gresham, OR
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Build your own rain garden at home to help reduce water pollution and create urban habitat for birds and butterflies.

Free Workshop
This free workshop explores the role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, while adding beautiful landscaping to your yard. Participants will learn how to site, plan and build a rain garden. Registration is required and space is limited.

Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM

04/11/2012 - 5:00pm
04/11/2012 - 6:00pm
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Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM. Info here!

Frogs, frogs & frogs!

When: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5PM-6PM
Where: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility
19595 NE Sandy Blvd
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Join the fun
Bring the whole family to a hidden wetland in Gresham in search of cold, slimy, and fun frogs.

With amphibian scientist Laura Guderyahn from the City of Gresham, learn about a frog’s life cycle and use a net to hunt for amphibians in the water.

Recommended for kids aged 4+ with their parents; pre-registration requested. $5/family suggested donation to host Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test. Info here!

Radon gas occurs naturally.

It is present in nearly all soil and rock; you can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there.

Radon forms when uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking -- and the number one reason why non-smokers die of lung cancer. It's estimated to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Radon enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Once inside, radon can become trapped and build up to unsafe levels, especially in areas below ground-level. Nationwide it's estimated that 1 in every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. In the Portland / Vancouver area that number can skyrocket to 1 in 4 homes.

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