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Developing and nurturing key partnerships to help achieve our conservation mission is what we mean by Working Together. Captured here are the activities that help us build and maintain important conservation relationships.

A New Tool for Christmas Tree Growers – CANCELLED

Local Christmas tree field

Local Christmas tree field

Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled.

Christmas tree growers, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn about a new decision making guide for Integrated Pest Management. Join OSU Extension Service and OSU Integrated Plant Protection Center staff to get a first-hand lesson on the use of this new tool for deciding on how to address current pest invasion and long-term solutions.

Also, hear the latest on the evaluation of “softer” insecticides for grand fir aphid. Chal Landgren (OSU Extension Christmas Tree Specialist) will share his recent field trials on this pest of concern.

This is a free event but registration is required. Contact Clackamas County OSU Extension at 503-655-8631 by September 16 to reserve your seat.

September 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. to noon
North Willamette Research and Extension Center

ODA pesticide recertification credits have been requested for this workshop.

Sponsored by: OSU Integrated Plant Protection Center, OSU Extension Service, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, ODA Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program, Clackamas SWCD, Clackamas River Water Providers, and Oregon SARE.

Improving Riparian Habitats One Landowner at a Time

Our partners at Molalla River Watch recently published their Summer 2016 Newsletter. This article below, written by Asako Yamamuro, Molalla River Watch Restoration Project Coordinator, captures the spirit of collaboration the District enjoys with our watershed partners. Their valuable on-the-ground work and hard-working volunteers enable the District to more effectively distribute resources throughout our community. Many thanks to Asako and Molalla River Watch for their permission to share this article.

Improving Riparian Habitats One Landowner at a Time

Wilderness International at BuellsWhen landowners ask for assistance, Molalla River Watch helps them out. The Buells, who live where the Molalla River and Cedar Creek meet, felt overwhelmed by their ivy problem. They approached Molalla River Watch for advice.

Through our partnerships with Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, we brought in riparian and fish conservation experts to the Buells’ property. The experts assessed the extent of invasive weed infestation and determined the importance of their property to trout and salmon habitat. The riparian and fish experts discussed options to improve the Buells’ property for wildlife.

Buells before and afterWith the Buells’ goals in mind and a Conservation Plan written by Clackamas SWCD and tailored for their property, Molalla River Watch submitted a grant to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to fund invasive weed removal and planting natives.

Molalla River Watch was awarded the grant and we have started implementing the Conservation Plan by collaborating with the Buells, volunteers, and Wilderness International, which runs at-risk youth work crews. We oversee the work and Clackamas SWCD specialists will assess progress towards accomplishing Conservation Plan goals. The Buells are glad they asked Molalla River Watch for advice and now significantly more wildlife will benefit.

Register for Small Farm School 2016 Today!

Small Farm School flyer 2016-2Registration is open for Small Farm School 2016! To make the offerings available to folks who have traditionally been unable to attend on a Saturday, this year’s Small Farm School will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Take a look at all the great classes being offered this year!

Small Farm School is an all-day event for beginning AND experienced farmers and small acreage landowners. Field and classroom workshops will address small farm topics such as crop and livestock production, direct marketing, small-scale equipment, and soil and water management and conservation. Course offerings change each year, so if you’ve attended in the past, join us again! There’s always something new.

Classes are size-limited and will close when full. Early registration is highly recommended to ensure best class selection.

Registration Fees:

  • $75 – July 13th – August 31st
  • $85 – September 1st – September 13th

Registration fees cover class materials, lunch and coffee break. Registration fees are non-refundable, however substitutions will be allowed through September 8th. No late registrations OR walk-in registrations will be accepted. Due to space limitations, Small Farm School reserves the right to close registration on September 13, 2016 or when 250 registrations have been received.

Additional information regarding Small Farm School is available online, including the complete program and workshop descriptions, and registration form.

Attendance is limited, so secure your space today!

Hosted by

This event is hosted by OSU Extension, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Clackamas Community College.

Help spread the word

Please feel free to download and post the Small Farm School flyer 2016 and like us on FaceBook where you’ll find regular posts to share about the event.

Claudia is Coming to the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration!

Come visit Claudia on May 21st!!

Come visit Claudia on May 21st!!

When you see a 29-foot Chinook salmon heading to Canby Community Park, you know something exciting is happening! Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2016, for the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration. A flurry of fun activities will celebrate conservation and restoration activities on these two river systems.The Celebration will offer folks the chance to listen to talks on local amphibians and turtles, hear from a local landowner working on

The Celebration will offer folks the chance to listen to talks on local amphibians and turtles, hear from a local landowner working on streamside restoration of his property, find out about invasive species in our waterways, and learn about conservation activities involving local youth. Come make native plant seed balls to take home and listen to music by “The Other Guys” while checking out displays from local and state organizations. You can even support your local Boy Scout Troop #258 by purchasing a bite to eat from their BBQ!

Best of all will be the opportunity to take your photo with the largest Chinook salmon in the park! Claudia Chinook has newly painted murals inside her belly and a fresh coating on her scales. She will remind us that May 21 is World Fish Migration Day, connecting fish, rivers, and people! Conservation activities including access to habitat and working toward clean water are good for fish and people alike!

The following partners make this event possible: Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Molalla River Watch, Pudding River Watershed Council, the Molalla River Alliance, Canby Historical Society, Oregon State Marine Board, Wilderness International, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Conservation District Awards 2016 Partnership Grants

Canby Farmers Market OPENING DAY FLYER (Small)

Some local farmers markets will begin operations as early as April 30, 2016!

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 , the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously approved partnership support grants totaling $142,075. These grants will be distributed to farmers markets and watershed councils within the District boundaries. Partner organizations like these share similar goals as the Conservation District and are effective at overseeing local projects and achieving positive results in their communities.

Farmers Market Grants

This year, ten farmers markets in Clackamas County will receive $41,600 in support for their 2016 market season. These funds help support our local farmers by expanding their customer base and provide county residents with easy access to fresh, healthy food produced locally. Successful farmers markets mean local farmers can better manage productive soils, making them available for agricultural production now and into the future. Economically viable farms are better able to conserve water and soil resources and maintain healthy habitat. That’s good for the farm, native wildlife, our waterways and drinking water, and you!

Awards to Clackamas County Farmers Markets went to:


This document captures just some of the many great on-the-ground projects undertaken by our local watershed councils. See link below.

Watershed Council Grants

The Conservation District also provides support to all of our local watershed councils. Ten different watershed councils are located either wholly or partially in Clackamas County. Local watershed councils are highly effective in planning, developing, and implementing projects to maintain and restore streamside areas and to improve fish and wildlife habitat. Their education programs inform people about watershed processes and functions and they make a significant positive impact on the local environment, economy, and community.

We are happy to announce that partner support grants totalling $100,475 have been awarded to the following ten watershed councils.

Clackamas River Basin Council
Greater Oregon City Watershed Council
Johnson Creek Watershed Council
Molalla River Watch
North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council
Oswego Lake Watershed Council
Pudding River Watershed Council
Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
Tryon Creek Watershed Council
Tualatin River Watershed Council

Each of our grant recipients has demonstrated their ability to plan and implement conservation activities that help conserve our precious natural resources. The District is pleased to partner with these organizations by participating in joint projects and by providing funding to support the councils and their work.

SPRING 2016 WC & SWCD Partner Newsletter
SPRING 2016 WC & SWCD Partner Newsletter
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