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"The Westside Watershed Resource Center inspires action and awareness on behalf of watershed health in
Portland neighborhoods."

December 2019 Contents

450 native plants find a home on Pendleton Creek!

40 volunteers support restoration project to manage stormwater and enhance wildlife habitat.

Thanks to everyone who joined our restoration event along Pendleton Creek on November 16! An amazing group of volunteers added 13 different species of native plants to over 350 feet of stormwater drainage channel. 

This project would not have been possible without the support of volunteers from Riverdale High School, Portland State University, and members of the Hayhurst Neighborhood. We'd also like to thank City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Sound Native Plants, the Hayhurst Neighborhood Association, and Peter Katon for all their hard work to make this long awaited project a reality. Stop by and check it out next time you're in the Hayhurst Neighborhood!


Volunteers install native plants for wet, sunny habitats during a restoration event on Pendleton Creek (photo courtesy of Peter Katon).
West Willamette Restoration Partnership (WWRP) works to support wildlife in our neighborhoods

Learn about the work of the WWRP
at a FREE public event on December 12.

    
The West Willamette Restoration Partnership (WWRP) is a coalition made up of engaged volunteers, community groups, landowners, agencies, and other organizations. WWRP’s mission is to conserve and enhance the forests and natural areas within the Westside Wildlife Corridor, which is the area of natural and developed space between Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Park.

The Westside Wildlife Corridor provides critical habitat to a wide variety of animals including owls, deer, coyotes, and even elk! The natural spaces within this corridor (like Terwilliger Parkway and Marquam Nature Park), offer much needed refuge to many creatures as they move between Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Park. Some of these animals travel to and from Portland from as far away as Salem or Astoria!

You can learn more about the WWRP, and how you or your organization can be involved, at the next quarterly partnership meeting on Thursday, December 12 from 2-4pm at the Multnomah Arts Center Gym. All are welcome to participate and you can sign up here.
Living in harmony with urban beavers

Tips for living with beavers in your neighborhood
(yes, they could live in your backyard!).

    
Beavers are particularly active during the fall as they prepare their dams for the winter season. We've noticed quite a bit of beaver activity on some of our project sites, and we recently connected with the Woods Creek HOA to provide protection to trees to prevent beaver damage. With support from Watershed Resource Center and Habitat Restoration NW, residents of the HOA installed fencing around 65 trees, and removed ivy from 35 trees. This work is part of a larger effort to restore creek habitat by removing invasive weeds and planting additional native tree and shrub species to provide ongoing forage and dam building materials for the beavers.   

Many streamside properties on the west side of Portland could provide suitable habitat for a beaver colony. If you have beavers living in your neighborhood, check out these resources from City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to learn more about the best ways to support beaver habitat while also protecting your own property. 


Residents at the Woods Creek HOA have been working to remove invasive weeds and protect trees from beaver damage. 
Community trail volunteer days!

Projects will focus on enhancements to safe walking routes for students and families.
 
Join the Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters on Saturday, December 7 from 9-1130am for a trail maintenance work party along SW 25th Ave. Activities will include removing invasive weeds, planting native plants, and improving the trail surface. Meet at SW 25th Ave at SW Nebraska St (near the Mittleman Jewish Community Center). To sign up to volunteer or for questions, email andywall@comcast.net.

Watershed Resource Center will also be hosting a volunteer event to enhance the community walking trail at Jackson Middle School. Join us on Saturday, January 11 from 1030am-1230pm to add woodchips to the pathway to reduce stormwater runoff and create a safe walking surface. To sign up to volunteer or for questions, email watershed@swni.org or call 503-823-2862

 
Volunteers work along the SW 25th Ave trail (photo courtesy of Andrea Wall).
December 5: SW Trails work party, 9am-Noon
Join SW Trails to help with trail maintenance in Marshall Park. More info on work party location and activities is available here.

December 7 and 21: No Ivy League in Forest Park, 9am-Noon
Help with ivy removal and planting native plants. More info on work party location and activities is available here.

December 11: Friends of Marquam Nature Park, 9am-Noon
Meet in the nature park for a restoration work party. More info on work party location and activities is available here.

December 19: Southwest Neighborhoods 
Watershed Committee Meeting, 7-830pm

Join the Watershed Committee for our monthly meeting in room 30 of the Multnomah Arts Center. 

December 21: Friends of Terwilliger, 9am-Noon
Meet at the restrooms on SW Terwilliger and Hamilton for a restoration work party. More info is available here.
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City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services  
(503) 823-2862 | watershed@swni.org | swni.org/watershed

Watershed Resource Center, c/o Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

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