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POP Club Featured in October Conservation Actions Report

This month we present a brief update of the work we’ve completed so far this year.


We present updates on our Milk Creek project, and on the 3D (Doane, Dolan, and North Fork Deep Creek) project. Both are progressing well.


We worked on rainwater needs for an orchard, a farm, a school, and a home.

Spiny cocklebur

Invasive species

Our WeedWise program continued to be very active, responding to multiple requests for help. Plus, staff identified an invasive weed not seen before in Clackamas County. Our mailings to landowners has resulted in more calls for assistance.


We’re considering a project on Corral Creek to remove a fish passage barrier, plus looking at habitat restoration opportunities on some large tracts of forest land.

Working lands

Connecting kids with farmers and health food is what the POP Club does. Find more in this issue of Conservation Actions, or read our recent post about POP Club.

Our Grant Plus Loan program seems to be gaining traction as people realize we can shift the cash flow burden from them to us. We hope GPL will result in more projects to conserve natural resources!

Staff also worked with several horse facilities this month.

Our equipment rental program was suspended until we can find a new vendor to assist in making our unique equipment available to the public.


We corrected some errors in our accounts, received a clean audit, and adopted a supplemental budget. Why the supplemental? So we could make an offer on real estate!

And there is plenty more. Download and read it today!

I-Conservation Actions report, October 2012
I-Conservation Actions report, October 2012
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Milk Creek Featured in August-September Conservation Actions Report

Milk Creek panorama (small)

Featured this month is a post-construction presentation of the large vegetated log matrix installed on Milk Creek. This structure — and the three engineered log jams immediately downstream — protect streambanks, improve water quality, and add fish habitat. Of course, you can see daily photos by looking through our photo galleries for the Milk Creek project!

We present brief updates on our 3D project and on a large rainwater harvesting system at a commercial nursery.

We’ve been quite active in the field of rainscaping: rainwater harvesting for landscape watering, rainwater harvesting to replace or supplement potable water systems, and rain gardens.

It’s the end of the season for many weeds, and our WeedWise Program has been exceptionally busy. This program has grown over the past year.

Ever hear of a “moss animal” or “dragon booger?” No? Better check out our Conservation Actions report for August and September to learn more!

Wildfire became a hot topic as it seemed the entire western United States was on fire. A key point is non-native species can increase wildfire risk.

Some of our new financial assistance tools are discussed, including the use of temporary easements and a couple of loan options.

We won a second-place ribbon for our Clackamas County Fair booth! More conservation videos have been completed, and we continue to build our video library.

Congratulations to Jim and Mary Toops on being selected the District Cooperators of the Year! This is a well-deserved honor.

And there is plenty more. Download and read it today!

H-Conservation Actions report, August-September 2012
H-Conservation Actions report, August-September 2012
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Conservation Actions Report, July 2012

We’re keeping the same “Pretty Deadly” graphic this month as last month, because we’ve had daily interactions with people concerned about how much Tansy Ragwort they are seeing this year. Tansy Ragwort is toxic to horses and livestock, so controlling it is important.

In the Projects section, we update you on work in our “3D area” water quality project and our Milk Creek instream and riparian habitat project.

In the Water – Weeds – Wildlife section, we begin to discuss what to do about failing on-site septic systems. We’re working with a landowner on a rainwater harvesting system that will produce drinkable water. Weed reports continue to pour in, and pond weeds continue to be a recurring theme. California ground squirrels seem to be increasing this year.

And there is plenty more in the other sections on Watersheds, Weather, Wildlands, Working Lands, Workshops, Working Together, and our Workplace.

The first annual Small Farm School is set to debut in September. We look forward to seeing you there!

G-Conservation Actions report, July 2012
G-Conservation Actions report, July 2012
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Conservation Actions Report, June 2012

Summer weather is here, and weeds are exploding! Well, they’re not literally exploding, but our phones have certainly been ringing off the hook.

This month we feature Giant Hogweed and Tansy Ragwort. Giant Hogweed poses hazards to humans, so if you see it, please contact us. Tansy Ragwort is toxic to horses and livestock, so controlling it is important.

In the Projects section, get up to date on our “3D area” water quality work and our Milk Creek project.

In the Water – Weeds – Wildlife section, we focus strongly on weeds this month. We have a few new weed-removing tools available to loan out. We also report on work in Mt. Scott Creek and habitat needs in a side channel to the Salmon River. We visited a site on the Molalla River that is experiencing excessive erosion, and along Clear Creek we’re part of a collaborative effort to restore native habitat.

We met with watershed councils in June and learned that many of them are having as much trouble as we are in finding the right woody material for stream restoration projects.

Two items are coming up fast: the Clackamas County Fair in August, and Small Farm School in September. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these great events!

F-Conservation Actions report, June 2012
F-Conservation Actions report, June 2012
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Conservation Actions Report for May 2012

As late spring begins to head toward summer, we continue to receive more requests for assistance!

In the Projects section, get updated on our “3D area” water quality work and our Milk Creek project.

In the Water – Weeds – Wildlife section, learn about our work with a 55-horse facility to deal with manure from their animals. We avert a marital crisis in an urban setting and respond to a flooding problem in a rural setting. Babies have the potential to interrupt our WeedWise workflow but cross-training assures seamless service to our customers!

You’ll also find interesting information about an urban stream, and about a side-channel project that needs a bit of help.

Significant space is spent talking about our new Local Priorities Program. This is just getting off the ground, so please do contact us if you have questions or concerns.

You’ll find a great thank you note sent to Erik for some work he did with the Springwater Environmental Sciences School.

Stay tuned for videos about erosion control practices on Christmas tree farms. We obtained some great footage that is being prepared now for release very soon.

Big news is Small Farms School is going to happen this September!

Finally, we wrap up with a quick update about our work with partners and how we’ve been helping others in the soil and water conservation district family.

E-Conservation Actions report, May 2012
E-Conservation Actions report, May 2012
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Get Our New Conservation Actions Report For April

April was a busy month! In the Projects section of our monthly Conservation Actions report, learn about pesticides in water. We also present an update on the Milk Creek streambank and instream work, and describe the Newell Creek Canyon Project.

Would you have a trash hauler pick up your horse manure? One boarding facility is doing exactly that, and it costs a lot of money. We’re working with them on alternatives that will save money and protect water quality.

Warm, sunny weather makes our phones ring! When the weather improves people get outside and see…weeds. In our case, April showers may bring us weeds. Staff are engaged in a major push to control spurge laurel and garlic mustard.

A new program called “DIY: Healthy Yards, Healthy Streams” seems to be gaining acceptance in one streamside neighborhood. Stay tuned for more as this offering evolves.

It’s rare for us to use “dam” and “fish” in the same sentence, but in April we took a look at two small dams on private property that are impacting salmon and cutthroat trout.

April marked the launch of a financial assistance tool that has been long in the making. We are delighted to provide a grant-and-loan combination to a dairy so they can purchase a piece of equipment that will help them grow better grass and protect water quality. The best news? We’ll get some of that money back to be used for future loans.

We cover many more activities and topics in the April “Conservation Actions” report. Download it today!

D-Conservation Actions report, April 2012
D-Conservation Actions report, April 2012
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