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Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2021 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2021 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together 'WE' can make a difference!”


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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Trackers, Never Lose Stuff Again
  • New Special Needs Adult Program
  • Wilkes East Land-Use Update
  • Saving 267 Trees; Shaull Woods
  • Meet City Councilor Dina DiNucci

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our general meetings.

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Volunteers Needed
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To volunteer contact chair@wilkeseastna.org.

City of Gresham, Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee Sep 2015 Meeting: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:30PM-8:30PM

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City of Gresham, Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee Sep 2015 Meeting: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:30PM-8:30PM. Info here!

Get Involved, Make a Difference

When: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Room 2A
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

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 Christa Thompson at 503-618-2525 or Christa.Thompson@GreshamOregon.gov.

Free! Reptiles and Amphibians Class at Gresham Meadowlands: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:00-11:30AM

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Free! Reptiles and Amphibians Class at Gresham Meadowlands: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9-11:30AM. Info here!

Native amphibians and reptiles

When: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:00-11:30AM
Where: Gresham Meadowlands
Meet at cul-de-sac
end of SE Paropa Ave
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Meet us at the Gresham Meadowlands
Amphibians and reptiles represent a major component of ecosystems, and being an indicator species can tell us a lot about the health of our own environment. However, human activities have led to their decline and a disruption to the balance of our natural ecology. Meet us at the Gresham Meadowlands for an exciting and engaging class on herpetology, where we will be learning how to identify our native amphibians & reptiles, their life cycle, habitat requirements, and the monitoring techniques we apply in Gresham!

This event is free and suitable for all ages.

Volunteers; Johnson Creek Days Clean-Up Event & BBQ: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:45AM-2PM

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Volunteers, join us for Johnson Creek Days Kick-off Event, Saturday Aug 25, 2012 8:45AM-12PM. Free BBQ follows. Sign-up here!

Bring Your Work Gloves
And Join The Fun!

When: Sat Aug 15, 2012 8:45AM-2PM
Where: Mill Park in Milwaukie
(SE Linwood Ave and Overland St)
Get Map!

Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Overland Park Coalition and their partners to clean trash and debris directly out of Johnson Creek. This work will help improve natural habitat for fish and wildlife. They also need at least 2 more people to sign up to clean-up Gresham Woods at SW 14th Drive and Binford Ave, Gresham. Get Map!

Clean-up: 8:45AM-12PM, Barbarque: 12PM-2PM.

Pre-registration required (link below). Groups welcome. Bring gloves. Closed-toe shoes required (no sandals). Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, will be assigned to Mill Park.

Join Audubon Society of Portland on a Field Trip to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM

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Join Audubon Society of Portland for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  The 1.5 mile flat gravel trail passes along some of the most bueatiful and productive open wetlands in our area: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM. Info here!
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful and inspiring

When: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM
Where: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Kiwa Trail River S Unit
Ridgefield WA
Get Map!

Kiwa Trail Loop
Wildlife is the star attraction of this nearly level hike. Birds in particular seem to be everywhere—standing in the marshes, flitting in the trees, floating on the lakes, swimming in the sloughs, and hunting among the meadow grasses.

Join leaders Robin Carpenter and Gabriel Forcier for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The 1.5 mile flat, crushed gravel trail passes through an understory of Oregon ash trees and between open wetland areas. Dress for the weather, hats recommended. Beginners welcome.

Birding along the New Gresham-Fairview Trail: Feb 26, 2011 9AM-11AM

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Birding along the New Gresham-Fairview Trail: Feb 26, 2011 9AM-11AM. Join Audubon Society of Portland for a free morning bird walk. Info here!
Canvasback - Jim Cruce

Join Audubon Society of Portland for a free morning bird walk

Views of Grant Butte and the waterfowl in surrounding wetlands

When: Wednesday Feb 26, 2011 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Linnemann Station
Springwater Corridor Trailhead
18200 W Powell Loop
Gresham OR
Get Map!

You're Invited

Join Audubon Society of Portland's Steve Engel and Jim Labbe, 9:00AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 26, for a morning bird walk along newly opened segments of the Gresham-Fairview Trail in West Gresham. We'll take a leisurely stroll along new trail sections taking in views of Grant Butte and the waterfowl in the surrounding wetlands. We'll talk about recent efforts to support parks, trails, and improved access to nature in East County while enjoying some of our local avian fauna. If there is time we'll also visit Gresham Woods via the Springwater Corridor and do some birding along Johnson Creek.

Become a Neighborhood Wildlife Watcher, Volunteer training: Oct 16, 2010 10AM

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Become a Neighborhood Wildlife Watcher, Volunteer training: Oct 16 & 21, 2010. Info here!

Listen to songbirds,
Enjoy the great outdoors

Learn surveying & monitoring techniques, Meet your non-human neighbors

When: Saturday Oct 16, 2010 10AM-12PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

RSVP: Laura.Guderyahn@GreshamOregon.gov or phone 503-618-2246 to reserve your spot today!

Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers October Training

We’re looking for Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers to monitor habitat structures in your neighborhood or around the community. Volunteers may find flying squirrels, wood ducks, songbirds, swallows, and bats. Opportunities exist for individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels.

Two October trainings with City staff will teach monitoring techniques and match volunteers with sites convenient for you:

  • Saturday, Octover 16 10AM-12PM
  • Thursday, October 21 6PM-8PM

Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers brochure

Become a Neighborhood Wildlife Watcher, Volunteer training: Oct 21, 2010 6PM

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Become a Neighborhood Wildlife Watcher, Volunteer training: Oct 16 & 21, 2010. Info here!

Listen to songbirds,
Enjoy the great outdoors

Learn surveying & monitoring techniques, Meet your non-human neighbors

When: Thursday Oct 21, 2010 6PM-8PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

RSVP: Laura.Guderyahn@GreshamOregon.gov or phone 503-618-2246 to reserve your spot today!

Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers October Training

We’re looking for Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers to monitor habitat structures in your neighborhood or around the community. Volunteers may find flying squirrels, wood ducks, songbirds, swallows, and bats. Opportunities exist for individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels.

Two October trainings with City staff will teach monitoring techniques and match volunteers with sites convenient for you:

  • Saturday, Octover 16 10AM-12PM
  • Thursday, October 21 6PM-8PM

Neighborhood Wildlife Watchers brochure

How should Gresham spend $5.4M Metro parks funds?

How should Gresham spend $5.4M Metro parks funds? Survey ends April 26, 2021. Info here! Click to enlarge.
PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Barbara Kinzie Christman is one of the residents who objects to the Headwaters project in Southwest Gresham. The 30-home development would require removal of 250 mature fir trees, which abutt a undeveloped park and two wetland areas.

Source: Gresham Outlook, April 8 2021
By Teresa Carson

Survey asks folks to rate 10 possible projects, buying Headwaters site is one option

The city of Gresham launched a survey on how to use its Metro parks funds, and depending on public input, could purchase the controversial proposed Headwaters housing development site for park land.

The survey opened Monday, April 5, and asks people's opinions on how to use the $5.4 million that Gresham is getting from the 2019 Metro Parks and Nature bond measure.

There are 10 proposed parks projects totaling $13 million. That's more than twice the funds available from the Metro bond. The survey asks folks to pick the three projects they see as most important.

"The mayor and City Council want to provide an opportunity for public input and want to hear how residents would like to see the city spend our "local share" of this money," said Elizabeth Coffey, Gresham's director of communications. The Headwaters property is included as one of 10 potential projects that could be purchased with these funds," "There are lots of competing needs for this $5.4 million, which is why it is critical that residents tune in and let us know what their priorities are," she added.

The $5.4 million can be used for parks or natural resources projects that boost access to nature, water quality, habitat and protect against climate change. The money cannot be spent on playgrounds, sports fields, recreation programs, pools or fountains.

City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 4, to review the results of the public outreach and vote on disposition of the Metro funds, including potential purchase of the Headwaters property.

The proposed Headwaters development has stirred controversy in Gresham and beyond.

Development of the 7.82 acre tract would cut down a dense stand of more than 250 mature fir trees adjacent to a protected wetland area and park. The city approved the project and no appeal was filed.

Formerly owned by the late Helen Shaull, the wedge-shaped property is at 3535 W. Powell Blvd. It is about half-mile east of the Highland Fair shopping center.

The forested site is next to Fairview Creek headwaters, the undeveloped Southwest Community Park and near the Grant Butte Wetlands owned by the city of Gresham. The southwest portion of the site is a Habitat Conservation Area.

A project at Fujitsu Ponds is one of the 10 proposed uses for the $5.4 million in Metro bond funds. The city of Gresham has opened a survey for residents to rank the 10 projects in importance. Info here!
COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - A project at Fujitsu Ponds is one of the 10 proposed uses for the $5.4 million in Metro bond funds. The city of Gresham has opened a survey for residents to rank the 10 projects in importance.

"The Shaull property would be a purchase, while all the other projects are for properties that the city already owns. If the Shaull property is not purchased by the city, it will be forever lost. The other parks projects may get money in the future," said Janet Unruh, who does not want to see the Headwaters development proceed.

In addition to the proposed Headwaters purchase, the other nine projects included in the survey are:

• Columbia View Park, 1000 N.E. 169th Ave. The city's $850,000 proposal calls for a nature play area, making trails accessible, a Columbia Gorge viewpoint and other improvements.

• Southeast Neighborhood Park, 3003 S.E. Barnes Road. Trails, picnic facilities, signs and a nature play area would be added to this 6.5 acre undeveloped park at a cost of $600,000.

• Jenne Butte Neighborhood Park, 2358 S.W. Border Way, would get a wetland viewpoint, trails, picnic facilities and more, for $1.2 million.

• East Gresham Neighborhood Park, 237 S.E. Williams Road, would get improvements such as signage, trails, picnic facilities and a nature play area at a cost of $650,000.

• Southeast Community Park, 5600 S.E. Salquist Road, would see soft and paved trails, picnic facilities, a restroom, nature play area, off-leash dog area, and more, at a price of $2 million.

• Southwest Community Park, 3333 West Powell Blvd., would get improvements that could include picnic areas, wetland viewing, trails community gardens, a restroom and more, at a cost of $2.25 million.

• Hogan Butte Nature Education Center, would purchase the undeveloped forest land north of Hogan Butte Nature Park, 757 S.E. Gabbert Road. A home on the property would become the accessible Nature Education Center to engage students in a native plant nursery and other operations. This would cost $700,000.

• Fujitsu Ponds, off Glisan Street near Salish ponds, would get improvements worth $1.75 million. The upgrades would eliminate warm water from going into these ponds, benefiting wildlife and reducing flooding risk. A public natural are would be created.

• Forest health recovery. The proposal is to spend $1 million on forest restoration and safety efforts all over Gresham.

SGS Development LLC, headquartered in Bend, bought the Shaull property for around $1 million and plans to develop the lots and sell the property to a builder to construct the 30 homes.

Chet Antonsen, of SGS Development, said Metro and Gresham had first right of refusal on the property and declined to buy it.

Another of the 10 proposals would spend $2 million on upgrades at Southeast Community Park, a 6. 5 acre undeveloped site on Southeast Barnes Road. Click to enlarge.
COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Another of the 10 proposals would spend $2 million on upgrades at Southeast Community Park, a 6. 5 acre undeveloped site on Southeast Barnes Road.

SGS is asking $2.5 million for the acreage now. The city would spend about $500,000 for improvements for a total cost of $3 million.

The proposed development unleashed a torrent of public comment and controversy. The city received many comments, all opposed to the Headwaters development, from local residents to the The Audubon Society of Portland.

John Bildsoe, vice president of the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhoods, wrote that arrowheads and other artifacts from Indigenous people have been found on the site.

After similar community pushback in 2014, SGS sold the Gantenbein Farm property at 2826 N.W. Division St. it planned to develop, to Metro, Gresham and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). That property is now the part of the Grant Butte Wetlands.

Take the survey
Share your thoughts on how the city could use its portion of Metro parks funds by taking a survey at: GreshamOregon.gov/Parks-Planning

For more information email: ParkOptions@GreshamOregon.gov or leave a voicemail: 503-618-2145. Instructions will be in English and Spanish.

Paper surveys will be available upon request.

The survey is due by Monday, April 26.

Survey responses are limited to one per person. Duplicate submittals will be removed.


This story first appeared in The Outlook. Support community newspapers. Subscribe at http://savinglocalnews.com

City of Gresham Amphibian Survey Indoor Volunteer Training: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 9:30AM-11:30AM

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City of Gresham Amphibian Survey Indoor Volunteer Training: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 9:30AM-11:30 am. Restoring Our Habitat. Info here!

Restoring Our Habitat

When: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 9:30AM-11:30 am
Where: City of Gresham
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

The City's Natural Resources Program is hosting an amphibian egg mass survey as a part of a regional effort to track the Pacific chorus frog, northwestern salamander, long-toed salamander and northern red-legged frog.

Join us for a volunteer amphibian survey training. This indoor training will include:

  • How to identify an egg mass
  • Survey techniques
  • Field methods

The indoor training is followed by an outdoor training on Feb. 1.

RSVP today

Read more about the amphibian surveys project

For more information, contact Marissa Eckman at Marissa.Eckman@GreshamOregon.gov

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