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Tryon Creek Watershed Event This Saturday

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trillium flowersJoin the Tryon Creek Watershed Council and partners this Saturday, April 27, to celebrate the sunny spring while lending a hand for the environment.  There are several volunteer projects throughout the Tryon Creek Watershed in Southwest Portland--maybe one is close to your home or business?

Find more about the event and links to sign up on the Tryon Creek Watershed Council website: 

Did we mention, there's free breakfast? Gather at the Riverdale High School Parking lot at 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd from 8:30-9AM for breakfast.  Volunteers will then carpool or walk to the project sites and pull, plant, dig and discover until noon.

The trillium are out in Portland's natural areas! See some this weekend while volunteering.

Foster Floodplain Celebration Photos


Today's event marking the completion of the Foster Floodplain Natural Area brought the community outside on a beautiful day to celebrate the return of salmon in Johnson Creek and a better approach to managing flooding.  Thank you to Amy Fraenkel from the UN Environment Programme and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for joining us!

lupine in bloom and native american elders  native american youth dancing

Students and speakers  native american blessing

Photos: Native lupine in bloom at the restoration site; Native American youth dancing; Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott and students from Kelly Elementary School carrying world flags; Native American elders starting the event with a blessing.

David Douglas Students Plant Trees to Celebrate Environment and Diversity


Last week was jam-packed with great Earth Day and Arbor Month activities. On Thursday, April 25th, while the Lents community was celebrating the opening of Foster Floodplain Natural Area, a group of David Douglas High School students was digging in to plant 50 new trees about four miles to the north east.

students planting 

100 students from several classes at David Douglas (science, leadership, wrestling and Bill Naito Community Tree Award-winning ESL students) worked with Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Verde and AmeriCorps to green up the school’s campus. The new trees were placed to provide native bird habitat for study by science students, to provide shade to south facing classrooms and sports fields, and of course to do the other things trees do: manage stormwater, soak up carbon, and cool the air. There was also a ring of international trees planted in front of the district offices to represent the huge diversity at David Douglas – roughly 60 nationalities are claimed by students who attend the school. These trees add to the thousands planted through the Grey to Green initiative, and will add some new canopy to East Portland, where large firs and other native trees once covered the land.  

In other tree news from last week, students from Hosford School and the Portland Timbers also got in on the Grey to Green tree action!  See the KGW video about the event here: