Pitching in for the environment

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF EMSWCD - Volunteers assemble native plants purchased at the annual sale by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sort some rhizomes

Spring is around the corner (sorry, frustrated skiers and snowboarders), and it’s time to think about what native plants you might want to add to your yard.

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is working on its annual Native Plant Sale and could use some behind-the-scenes help the second half of February.

Volunteers are needed to prepare sale orders and sort rhizomes, the below-ground root portions of the plants. All shifts take place at its North Portland office at 5211 N. Williams Ave.

To sign up for an open shift: . Or contact Candace Stoughton, the group’s sustainable urban landscapes specialist, at 503-935-5366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shepherd folks through the gorge

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is providing training for volunteers who want to lead the group’s hikes in the gorge. They call it Hike Leader & Shepherd Training 101.

The annual training takes place March 8, which includes a short hike to Lyle Cherry Orchard, followed by a catered lunch.

To get involved, contact Maegan Jossy, the outdoor programs coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information:

Help manage beach cleanups

If you’re going to get down and dirty, what nicer place to be than the Oregon Coast?

SOLVE, now planning its annual spring beach cleanup on March 22, (See separate story on page 1), is recruiting volunteer zone captains and beach captains. Zone captains organize waste disposal, order supplies, solicit donations, plan publicity in the local beach community and recruit and train beach captains. Beach captains staff registration sites up and down the coast, handle volunteer orientation, and assist the zone captains. They also get to tally the results of the beach cleanup at their site.

To find out more and sign up:

Plant some trees

Friends of Trees is expanding into Forest Grove this month. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the group will be planting native trees and shrubs at the 748-acre Fernhill Wetland. The group is teaming with Clean Water Services, the Washington County sewage utility, to help cool and clean the water. For more information: Or contact Andy or Jenny at 503-595-0213.

Friends of Trees also is partnering with North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council and other local organizations to sponsor a tree-planting event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Stringfield Family Park, 3614 S.E. Naef Road in Milwaukie. Learn more at .

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.

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