Water & Soil

Free Workshop! Rain Gardens 101: Sat, Mar 04, 2017 9AM-1PM

03/04/2017 - 5:00pm
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Rain Gardens 101: Sat, Mar 04, 2017 9AM-1PM. Improving Our Watershed. Info here!

Improving Our Watershed

When: Sat, Mar 04, 2017 9AM-1PM
Where: Troutdale Police Station
234 SW Kendall Ct
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Well explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

  • You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden.
  • You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden.
  • Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

Organized by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Native Plants Workshop Nov 03, 2016: Thu, Nov 3, 2016 6:30PM-9PM

11/03/2016 - 6:30pm
11/03/2016 - 9:00pm
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Native Plants Workshop Nov. 3, 2016: Thu, Nov 03, 2016 6:30PM-9PM. . Info here!

When: Thu, Nov 03, 2016 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark Street
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Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Discover Gresham's most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. A slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

Advanced registration is required.

For more information about this event contact Katie Meckes at 503-222-7645 or katie@emswcd.org.

SOLVE Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park Sept. 2016: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 9AM-12PM

09/24/2016 - 9:00am
09/24/2016 - 12:00pm
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SOLVE Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park Sept. 2016: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 9AM-12PM. Get Your Green On!. Info here!

Get Your Green On!

When: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan Street
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Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We will remove invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10-acre forested portion of the park. The event will start with a brief lesson on native and invasive plant species.

Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend.

Activities include: invasive plant removal, litter cleanup, garden weeding/cleanup.

Register to volunteer at this event.

Meet at the picnic structure on the NE Glisan Street side of the park.

There are two locations for parking:

  1. St. Aidans Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park, located at 17405 NE Glisan Street in Gresham
  2. Nadaka Nature Parks north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

City of Gresham, Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee May 2016 Meeting: Thu May 05, 2016 6:30PM-8:30PM

05/05/2016 - 6:30pm
05/05/2016 - 8:30pm
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City of Gresham, Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee May 2016 Meeting: Thu May 05, 2016 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, make a difference. Info here!

Get Involved, Make A Difference

When: Thu May 05, 2016 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Room 2A
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy.
Gresham, OR
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The Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee advises the Gresham City Council on policy development matters and actions related to the protection, restoration and enhancement of:

  • Natural resources
  • Watershed health
  • Water quality
  • Fish and wildlife habitat
  • Urban tree canopy
  • Provision of public health
  • Development, improvement and expansion of city parks, trails, and green space for present and future generations

For more information about this event contact Keri Handaly at 503-618-2525 or Keri.Handaly@GreshamOregon.gov.

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.

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