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

February 2020 Contents

Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters conserves neighborhood green spaces

Non-profit group works to save, restore, and educate about the importance of urban green spaces in the Fanno Creek watershed.

Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters (FOFCH) is a recently formed group working to restore sections of the SW 25th Ave Community Trail in the Hillsdale neighborhood. Since 2017, hundreds of volunteers have worked to remove thousands of square feet of invasive weeds, and plant hundreds of native plants in this area, including recently removing 700 square feet of blackberry and ivy, and replacing it with 114 native plants.

You can learn more about FOFCH and how you can get involved at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, February 13, from 6 -7:30 PM at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center*, Ballroom B. The meeting will also include a presentation on urban green spaces and why we should care about and protect them. This presentation is FREE and open to the public.

*Please bring a government issued ID to enter the building. Children need to be accompanied by an adult with a government issued ID.

To learn more about FOFCH or the upcoming meeting, email or visit the FOFCH Facebook page.

This barred owl is the unofficial mascot of the Fanno Creek headwaters area (photo courtesy of Daniel Soebbing).
11th annual Watershed Wide event is one month away!

Join Tryon Creek Watershed Council, Watershed Resource Center, and others for fun projects throughout the Tryon Creek watershed.
Last year’s Watershed Wide was a great event with over 150 people participating!  We’re looking forward to hosting another project at Jackson Middle School this year where we’ll be adding native plants to an area that was cleared of blackberry last fall. Watershed Wide takes place on Saturday, March 14 from 830am-12pm, and project sites are hosted throughout the Tryon Creek watershed. You can learn more about the event and sign up here.
Speaking of Jackson Middle School, we want to give a big shout out and thank you to all the neighbors and students who joined us January 11 to add woodchips to the Jackson walking trail! This new layer of chips will help reduce erosion into nearby Falling Creek, and provide a safe walking surface for people traveling through the area.

Volunteers enjoyed pulling ivy and planting native plants at last year's Watershed Wide project site at Jackson Middle School (photo courtesy of Corey Shelton).
It's the perfect time of year to share native plants with your neighbors

The WRC Native Plant Swap provides a resource where you can access native plants for FREE.
February is a great time to add native plants to your landscape, especially "cuttings" from plants like willow, red twig dogwood, red flowering currant, and black twinberry. If you haven't checked out the Native Plant Swap in awhile, you definitely should

Although most activity on the swap takes place in late spring and early fall, the best time for planting is right now! Visit the swap and see what native plants you could add to your landscape, or post a plant(s) to share with your neighbors.

Black twinberry (one of the plants currently available through the Native Plant Swap) is a large shrub that is great for wet, sunny areas and has yellow flowers that provide food for pollinators (photo courtesy of 
Enter the Clean Rivers and Streams student video contest for a chance to win $500!

The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 and
submissions are due by March 31.

If you (or someone you know) are a young person passionate about preserving watershed health or film making (or both!), then this contest is for you! Videos should highlight an aspect of water pollution, and how we can do our part to protect clean rivers and streams. Individuals, teams, or entire classes can enter a video. You can learn more about the contest here.
February 6: SW Trails, 9am-Noon
Meet at Dickinson Park for a trail maintenance work party. More info is available here.

February 12 and 29:
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.

February 15: Native Planting with Tryon Creek Watershed Council, 9am-Noon
Planting will take place at the PCC Sylvania campus. To sign up or for more info, email

February 15: Friends of Terwilliger, 9am-Noon
Meet at the restrooms on SW Terwilliger and Hamilton for a restoration work party. More info is available here.

February 15: 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.

February 20: Southwest Neighborhoods 
Watershed Committee Meeting, 7-830pm

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

February 22: Friends of Woods Park, 9am-Noon
Meet at the stairway trailhead off of SW Woods Parkway for a restoration work party. More info is available here.
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City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services  
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