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!

Free Workshop! Reduce Water Use, Decrease Stormwater Runoff; Naturescaping Basic: Sat May 17, 2014 9AM-1PM

05/17/2014 - 9:00am
05/17/2014 - 1:00pm
Free Workshop! Reduce Water Use, Decrease Stormwater Runoff; Naturscaping Basic: Sat May 17, 2014 9AM-1PM. Info here!

Save Water, Reduce Runoff

When: Sat May 17, 2014 9AM-1PM
Where: Troutdale Community Conference Bldg
223 S Buxton Rd
Troutdale OR
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You're invited
Attend a free Naturescaping Basics workshop. Learn about the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy.

This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native
  • birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Register Here!

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014. Info here!

2013 was a very productive year for the Friends of Nadaka team which includes the Audubon Society of Portland (Audubon) and Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC).

By Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka

Audubon released a Cooper’s Hawk and brought their educational birds to the Nadaka Community Festival. Over 300 people attended the Festival last August. This year’s Festival will be held September 27th. You can view the release of the Cooper’s Hawk on YouTube by searching for Nadaka Nature Park.

The Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project was awarded an Oregon State Parks grant in the amount of $523,480. These funds will be used to cover the large capital improvements such as the restrooms and covered picnic shelter.

Volunteer for Plantapalooza 2014, Native Planting Event Fairview Creek: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10AM-1PM

02/08/2014 - 10:00am
02/08/2014 - 12:00pm
Volunteer for Plantapalooza 2014, Native Planting Event Fairview Creek: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10AM-1PM. Info here!

Creekside Restoration

When: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10AM-1PM
Where: Fairview Creek
Meet at: 431 SE 205th Av
Gresham, OR
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Join Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Plantapalooza 2014! This is one in a series of community focused native planting events. Help restore an acre of stream-side habitat along Fairview Creek in Gresham! This project helps to stabilize the sensitive habitat around the creek and improves water quality in the creek and in our groundwater supply. Plantapalooza 2014 offers volunteers a unique opportunity to participate in a large scale restoration project.

Volunteers will assist in planting hundreds of bare-root native plants. No previous planting experience is necessary. Plantapalooza is a great, hands-on learning opportunity appropriate for families, groups and individuals. Register today!

Volunteer Opportunity, Wilkes Park Plant and Polish: Sat Feb 22, 2014 9AM-12PM

02/22/2014 - 8:00am
02/22/2014 - 12:00pm
Volunteer Opportunity, Wilkes Park Plant and Polish: Sat Feb 22, 2014 9AM-12PM. Info here!

Creekside Restoration

When: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1AM-12PM
Where: Wilkes City Park
15400 NE Beech St
Portland, OR
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Assist Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s SERVE (Students Engaged in Restoring Vital Ecosystems) program at this Stewardship Saturday event. The SERVE program exposes local students to hands-on restoration work in the Slough watershed, and now you can help! Improve water quality and habitat conditions by planting and mulching native plant species along Wilkes Creek. Volunteers will also assist in park clean up, fence removal and the management of invasive plant species. Register Today!

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

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.

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.

Earth Day at St Aidan's Episcopal Church: Apr 20, 2013 11AM-3PM

04/20/2013 - 11:00am
04/20/2013 - 3:00pm
Earth Day at St Aidan's Episcopal Church: Apr 20, 2013 11AM-3PM. Exhibits, crafts, Nadaka Nature Park tours, refreshments. Info here!

Celebrate Earth Day

Exhibits, Crafts, Tours and More

When: Sat Apr 20, 2013 11AM-3PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
174th & NE Glisan
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St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Gresham, in conjunction with We Are Rockwood is holding a celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11AM-3PM. Events will take place in St' Aidan's Murdock Hall and on the church's park-like grounds.

Activities include environmental exhibits, crafts made from found objects for the kids, tours of Nadaka Nature Park, refreshments, and community information.

Nadaka & SOLVE® Clean-Up Event
Friends of Nadaka and SOLVE® is having a clean up day at Nadaka Nature Park on Saturday morning April 20th from 9AM-1PM. Everyone's invited to participate! Click here to register, or visit the north gate at 175th & NE Pacific St.

Volunteers Wanted, Johnson Creek 15th annual Watershed Wide restoration event: Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM

03/02/2013 - 9:00am
03/02/2013 - 12:00pm
Volunteers Wanted, Johnson Creek 15th annual Watershed Wide restoration event: Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM. Info here!

Rain or Shine!

When: Sat Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM
Where: Hogan Creek Confluence
Springwater Wetland
6430 SE 152nd Av
Portland OR
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Get Your Green on!
Join us on Saturday, March 2nd from 9AM-12PM as Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) hosts its 15th annual Watershed Wide volunteer restoration event. Organizations, individuals, and businesses will gather for a day of ecological stewardship, spring stream-cleaning, and community-building at 12 priority restoration sites throughout the watershed. Registration required (below).

The closest site to the Wilkes East neighborhood is Hogan Creek Confluence- Springwater Wetland (meet at Gresham Operations Center, 6430 SE 152nd Ave.) –work with the City of Gresham to remove blackberry and install native plants in a wetland under restoration near the entrance of the Hogan Creek tributary.

Metro Proposes Five-Year Option Levy to Manage Public Lands. Take The Survey Here!

Columbia Slough, Portland Oregon

Our community is known for its natural beauty and commitment to protecting farms, forests and natural areas. Since 1995, our region’s voters have approved two bond measures to allow Metro to acquire natural areas to protect water quality, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Today, Metro manages more than 16,000 acres of land – more than a third of all the public parks and natural areas in our region. By law, Metro is prohibited from using the existing voter-approved bonds for ongoing preservation and maintenance.

Metro wants your input on their recommendation.
This summer, a 15-member independent advisory panel recommended that the Metro Council take the first step in a long-term plan to protect and maintain these areas purchased with the bonds by referring a five-year local option levy to voters.

Take the survey below to learn more about the advisory panel’s recommendation and tell the Metro Council about your priorities.

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