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A Healthier Linnton Creek Thanks to Community Watershed Stewardship

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The Forest Park restoration project includes artistic reminder to scoop your dog’s poop

An Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program grant has generated three big changes along Linnton Creek in Forest Park: the removal of invasive plants and replanting with natives, plus a whimsical doggie bag dispenser to remind people to scoop their pet’s poop.

With a 2015 grant to the Linnton community in Northwest Portland for habitat restoration, community members went to work recently along the creek on the north side of Forest Park. Linnton Creek Trailhead volunteers and a work crew from Verde, led by neighborhood organizer Rob Lee, joined Portland Parks staff and removed all blackberry, English ivy, and Canada thistle along 150 feet of Linnton Creek.  They also planted the area with 460 native forbs, ferns and shrubs, and cut down a dangerous tree, placing the woody debris along the site to slowly decompose, enriching the soil and slowing erosion.

Volunteers and Verde work crew members remove invasive vegetation along Linnton Creek. 

Finally, this creative, custom-steel bag dispenser, recently fabricated by neighborhood artist Ivan McLean, is being placed at the trail head along with a custom Linnton trash can. The innovative artwork reminds visitors that their dog’s waste is unhealthy for Linnton Creek and must be picked up.

The new trailhead dog-poo bag dispenser

So please enjoy Portland’s natural areas, and wherever you go, please scoop your pet’s poop and place it in your own trash can. To find out more about Environmental Service’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program grant, visit Next deadline to apply will be February 3, 2017.


Environmental Services Tree Program and English Language Learners Partner to Care for Community Trees

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The collaborative effort will create stewardship and engagement opportunities for communities learning English

The Environmental Services Tree Program, Portland Fruit Tree Project, and People-Places-Things (PPT)—an English language learning and cultural navigation program—joined forces recently for a productive and fun-filled morning of tree care at the Parkrose Community Orchard.  In a field trip led by Marc Czornij, Confluence AmeriCorps member serving with the Tree Program, participants from Midland Library PPT classes in SE Portland stepped outside the classroom to care for young trees.  They learned about common fruit tree pests and diseases, mulched the orchard to keep weeds out and moisture in, and made first-time connections with their English-speaking neighbors in the process.  The successful outing was the first of many opportunities for PPT participants to serve and connect with community over the coming months. 

Participants from the Midland Library People-Places-Things classes after caring for trees at Parkrose Community Orchard

Since February 2016, Marc has facilitated tree and green infrastructure-focused English as a second language (ESL) activities with People-Places-Things as a way to expand the Tree Program’s capacity to deliver services equitably. The Tree Program plants trees for clean rivers, healthy watersheds, and livable, sustainable communities. Since 2008, the Tree Program has engaged thousands of Portland residents to plant over 45,000 trees in the city.  Visit the webpage to learn more about the program’s achievements, partnerships, and efforts to equitably serve the residents of Portland.  

It's tree planting season!  Do you need a new tree in your life?  Consider planting a street tree with Tree Program partner Friends of Trees, or plant a tree in your yard on your own and get a Treebate credit on your utility bill.  Trees make Portland a cleaner, greener, healthier city.  Thanks for supporting Portland’s trees.

Tonight: Community Open House for Stephens Headwaters Projects

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Join BES and Parks staff for a community open house at the Multnomah Arts Center any time between 5:30 and 7:00 pm

Please join BES and Parks staff for a community open house to discuss three stormwater management projects at the Headwaters of Stephens Creek. The event is on Wednesday, November 30th at the Multnomah Arts Center, Room 7. Drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Stephens Creek begins near the Stephens Nature Park, and flows mostly above ground to the Willamette River near the Sellwood Bridge. The creek drains a 754-acre watershed and is one of the few remaining streams in Portland that flows mainly on the surface. BES is designing three projects – at the Texas Wetlands Expansion, the Stephens Nature Park and Custer Park – that will help to improve water quality and stream health throughout the Stephens Creek system through in-stream treatment and stormwater detention. Please see for maps and more information about the project. 

Over the years, BES has partnered with other bureaus, neighbors and community groups to improve stream health in Stephens Creek. Over time, the cumulative effect is that the stream provides better habitat for amphibians and insects, encourages native plants to thrive, and provides a cooler and cleaner source of water to the Willamette River system.

We hope you can join us at the Open House on November 30th to discuss the Stephens Headwaters projects, provide input and ask questions.

With questions or for more information, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-7097 or

SOLVE offers two great opportunities to volunteer with green streets this weekend

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Both opportunities happen Saturday November 5th and will focus on cleaning up green street planters

Have you ever wanted to get involved in sustainability issues, but just don’t know where to start? This weekend there are two great opportunities to get out and meet other folks interested in the same issues as you! 

The Green Street Stewards will be joining Love PDX, Keep it Green and Clean cleaning up green street planters as well as doing some general litter cleanup around Portland State University. On the other side of the river, the Central Eastside Industrial Council will be cleaning up their neighborhood green street planters.  

Register for either event at:

Downtown Clean-Up

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 10am-1pm OR 2pm-5pm

Meet In front of Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

Portland, OR, 97204

Central Eastside Clean-Up

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 9am-1pm

Meet at SE MLK Bioswales

1000 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Portland, OR, 97214

*street parking available

Don't Forget, Tomorrow is No Ivy Day

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The 13th Annual Event takes place Saturday at locations across Portland

Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to participate in their 13th annual No Ivy Day on Saturday, October 29. Join an ivy removal work party from 9 a.m. to noon, and celebrate your efforts afterwards with other volunteers from noon to 1:30 p.m.

No Ivy Day is an annual citywide effort to protect native plants and animals in Portland’s natural areas by working together to remove ivy and other invasive plants that threaten them. Visit to register for the event, learn about the various ways you can participate, see the list of work sites, and learn more about the No Ivy League.  

Be sure to dress appropriately for working outdoors in the weather. Event organizers will provide refreshments, tools and instructions. All volunteers who participate will receive a free native plant.