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Stewardship Project Updates

Friends of Baltimore Woods Native Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2013, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: St. Johns Plaza (N. Lombard at N. Burlington), right by the St Johns Bridge

The Friends of Baltimore Woods Native Plant Sale will offer a generous selection of Pacific Northwest native plants at reasonable prices, including native oak community plants and hummingbird, butterfly, and bee favorites. The Backyard Habitat Program will have an information table with plant experts on site, and there will be a free workshop on how to care for young trees at 12:30. We may also have Finnegan, the peregrine falcon, there to greet plant shoppers. The event is free and open to the public.

Baltimore Woods is a 30-acre wildlife connectivity corridor situated between Cathedral Park and Pier Park in North Portland. It fills a gap in the Willamette Greenway and regional 40-Mile Loop trails. This unique urban greenway is recognized for its special habitat value to plants and wildlife. It faces threats from invasive species and development pressures that could spoil its natural value. The Friends of Baltimore Woods are dedicated to preserving and restoring this corridor, and the plant sale on March 29 is a fundraiser for these efforts.

Volunteers are welcome! For more information about volunteering, please email Dianne Harrington at or phone 503-960-0682. For more general information please see, or email us at

Plants Sale Flier


Marquam Mosaic Project Builds Community, Creates Public Art, and Enhances Park

By Robin Jensen, Friends of Marquam Nature Park

Full view of mosaic

The Marquam Mosaic was created as a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that involved over 400 people, including children, families and adults, in making a 100' long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater located at SW Marquam Drive off of SW Sam Jackson Blvd. The public was invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park, at locations in Southwest Portland. Over 6 months, workshops were held at the Hillsdale Library, Hopewell House, OHSU Farmer's Market, Terwilliger Plaza, Portland State University, Shriners Hospital for Children, Marquam Nature Park, St. Thomas More School and Ainsworth School. In August and September the public helped to install the artwork on the wall. The dedication celebration took place September 28 with about 100 people in attendance. A poem from the workshops was included in the mosaic and a 'chapbook' of poetry has been published and is available for sale on the Friends of Marquam Nature Park website.

In addition to a 2013 Project Grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the mosaic is funded in part by the Bill Connor Memorial Fund of Friends of Marquam Nature Park and individual donations.

Friends of Marquam Nature Park is a community-based volunteer organization that works in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation and others to conserve, maintain and enhance the historical, natural, and recreational resources ofMarquamNaturePark, and to educate the public about the park’s unique natural and cultural history. The group helped to lead many of the mosaic workshops.

The Artist: Lynn Takata is an award-winning artist who is nationally known for creating participatory mosaics, sculpture and murals. She involves families and neighborhoods to build tangible symbols of community pride in parks, community centers, zoos and schools. She works with glass, concrete, ceramic and stone and teaches art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Poet: Edna Kovacs holds a Masters in Education with specific endorsement in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts with a specialization in Multicultural Education. Edna is the author of five books on writing and poetry including her haiku chapbook, Mandalas, which won the Cicada Chapbook Award.


Close up of mosaic

One Decade of No Ivy Day

By Mary Verrilli, PP&R City Nature Stewardship Coordinator

On Saturday, October 5th, citizens around the Portland metro area gathered on a beautiful fall morning to improve our natural areas through the removal of the invasive ivy. This event marks the 10th annual No Ivy Day. Together, we worked to accomplish the following:

  • Ivy removal work parties were held at 13 sites in thePortland area
  • More than 115 volunteers participated in invasive plant removal, contributing more than 345 volunteer hours of labor to the fight against invasive species
  • 165 trees were cleared of ivy and more than 48,000 square feet of ground ivy was removed!

These results will continue to improve the habitat of our natural areas for future use by wildlife and people. Removing invasive plants allows for the establishment of native plants and a more diverse ecosystem.

Amanda Fritz speaks at No Ivy Day

Volunteers gathered to celebrate their collective efforts at Lower Macleay Park after the hard work of ivy pulling was done. The group refueled with food, ivy basket making by Rewild and inspiring words from City ofPortland Commissioner Amanda Fritz. She spoke about the importance of community engagement, the empowerment of youth throughout the city, the legacy started by Sandy Diedrich and the successes of the No Ivy League over the last 19 years. We appreciate her continued support of invasive species removal.

Without our outstanding stewards, No Ivy Day 2013 could not have been such a positive experience. Thank you for your support, dedication and interest in invasive species removal! This annual event continues to be a success. It is typically held on a Saturday morning during the fall. We hope you can join us next year as we continue our valiant efforts. . Please visit our website to learn more about our project as well as more ways to get involved.

Kids remove ivy


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