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A vacant lot was turned into a welcoming meadow for travelers on the Springwater Trail by Sellwood volunteers

DAVID F. ASHTON - Cleaning up the Springwater Meadows Pollinator Garden are volunteers Ed Nunez and Tina Nunez Osterink. It had been a vacant and unmaintained block of land, along the Springwater Trail in Sellwood.

Several years ago, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association's "Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee" (SNAC) began a long project intended to come up with a park-like environment on that block — to be called the "Springwater Meadows Pollinator Garden". The plan eventually was completed, and the garden prospers along S. E. Marion Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, beside the trail.

DAVID F. ASHTON - SNAC volunteer extraordinaire Rosemary Southwood yanks out handfuls of weeds in the Springwater Meadows - which is beside the Springwater Trail on the south rim of Sellwood.  By gaining approval for the project from Metro, the SNAC committee was also committing itself to being responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the property — an obligation which it regularly attends to. On Saturday morning, August 27, SNAC members and community volunteers turned out to work the plot of land.

"Springwater Meadows started, I guess, about eight years ago — here, on a vacant piece of property that Metro had just purchased," recalled project leader Tina Nunez Osterink. "About 60 volunteers installed all these native plants, including native trees like white oak and cascara.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sharing jars of honey on Volunteer Appreciation Day at Springwater Meadows was project leader Tina Nunez Osterink. "So today, we're here doing some regular weeding, and creating some nice islands where we will put cardboard and mulch to help keep down the weeds, and create the spaces for the pollinator garden to flourish.

"Over the years, community participation been great; and lately the Sellwood Community House has been holding Environmental Stewardship classes here for fourth through sixth graders — in which youngsters can learn about pollinators," pointed out Nunez Osterink.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Dedicated SNAC volunteer Ed Nunez was here digging out large weeds in the Springwater Meadows Pollinator Garden. Want to help out on this, and other SNAC projects? Check the SMILE general website, and look for SNAC under the "committees" tab —

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