Youth Conservation Crew is back working in our natural areas!
The summer Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) has started their summer work in our natural areas and parks! The No Ivy League and the Trails Crew will be working tirelessly removing English ivy and maintaining our trails. The Tree Crew maintains and cares for trees in Portland's developed parks, and the Teen Naturalist Team teaches young children about nature. The YCC crew members are 14-18 year olds who work 8 weeks during the summer gaining new job skills, restoration and trail maintenance skills, and learning about Portland Parks & Recreation’s natural areas and parks. If you see them working while you are out in our beautiful parks, please stop and say hi!
PP&R 2016 Eco-Blitz at Powell Butte was a huge success!
On May 21st Portland Parks & Recreation along with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the National Parks Department held an Eco-Blitz at Powell Butte Nature Park. This was an opportunity for community volunteers to participate in ecological surveys accompanied with a volunteer ID expert. There were surveys conducted on birds, butterflies, amphibians and mammals. There was over 130 volunteers that participated throughout the day. These volunteers were able to learn about species ID on their particular subjects and about all the bio-diversity at Powell Butte. Many teen mentoring groups came out to join in on the event including PP&R’s own GRUNT team, Project YESS, Oregon Zoo’s ZAP and BluePrint. During the amphibian surveys, an Oregon slender salamander was discovered. This is the first time this species, listed by ODFW as vulnerable, has been identified this far west in Oregon. The Powell Butte Eco-Blitz was a successful community science collaboration that helped increase the known ecological knowledge of the butte and provided educational opportunity for the community.
The 2015-2016 planting season was one for the books!
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, PP&R's Stewardship Program had a very successful planting season. With a few planting events left this year, there is a total of 3,314 plants added to the Willamette River Watershed, 2,255 plants added to the Columbia Slough Watershed,10,457 plants added to the Johnson Creek Watershed, and 3,545 added on the west side. That gives us a total of 19,571 plants planted in Portland natural area parks by volunteers this season! We are so grateful to all our volunteers for your hardwork and dedication to keeping our parks healthy.
Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer with us!
Hooray for No Ivy Day 2015!
On October 24, PP&R’s Annual No Ivy Day was held at 20 different sites around the Greater Portland area. More than 300 volunteers participated in invasive plant removal. That translates to nearly 900 volunteer hours of labor to fight invasive species. 150 trees were cleared of ivy and more than 130,000 square feet (three acres), of ground ivy was removed. There were four separate celebration sites located throughout the city so many more of the volunteers were able to enjoy the free lunch and raffle after the work party. Director Mike Abbate worked alongside volunteers and spoke at the Springwater Corridor celebration site. Commissioner Amanda Fritz congratulated volunteers at the Marquam/Terwilliger Park celebration site. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partners and Friends groups, the day was a tremendous success.
No Ivy Day 2016 is right around the corner on October 29th! Check out the stewardship calendar for more information and for sign ups.
Oaks Bottom Tadpole Pond Project
By Laura Guderyahn
City Nature East recently completed a challenging project at Oaks Bottom / Tadpole Pond. Ecologist Laura Guderyahn helped develop and implement an innovative way for school groups to get closer to the Oaks Bottom pond without disturbing the habitat and the wildlife that live there. Tadpole Pond was created several years ago specifically as an education area for school and community groups to learn about water quality, wetland habitats, and the wildlife that live in them. However, with dozens of groups visiting the pond each year, the shoreline was getting trampled and the water was always muddy. To protect the pond and make the site more enjoyable for visitors, Parks Staff, staff flawlessly transported and placed 22 large boulders as a stone bridge across the pond, creating easy and safe access all the way across the wetland as well as along the shoreline. Now folks can keep their feet dry and the critters safe while learning about what makes this place special. Stop by Oaks Bottom and check it out!