Local volunteers plant at Johnson Creek ‘Watershed-Wide Event’ « East PDX News

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Take a look at this massive “planting party” in the Foster Floodplain, at this annual Johnson Creek Watershed Council event…

In the Lents neighborhood of outer east Portland, volunteers learn how to plant native bushes and trees, just south of Foster Road, during this annual project.

History and photos of David F. Ashton

Perhaps it was the early spring weather that attracted so many volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) ‘watershed-wide event’ on Saturday morning March 5th.

“Every spring for 24 years, we look forward to seeing local watershed residents come together for a day of stewardship – to restore, repair and clean up Johnson’s Creek – by planting, mulching and weeding at watershed sites. pouring,” remarked Courtney Beckel, JCWC Volunteer Program Manager.

“At ten sites, located throughout Johnson Creek, a total of 271 volunteers helped improve the watershed this year,” Beckel said.

The Collings-Domingo family say they are ready to plant!

All of the 25 volunteers who had signed up to help with the Foster Road floodplain seemed ready to start the new plant. They came prepared – wearing boots. The area they were working in was swampy due to recent rains.

With a flag in hand, to mark the spot where he planted the beginning of a red-twig dogwood shrub, we found JCWC Board Member Bruce Newton.

“Today we are continuing the planting program, trying to establish more native vegetation. Last summer’s heat wave was quite brutal, and many of the plantings we did last year and l previous year did not survive,” Newton said. East Portland News. “So Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) continues to plant new little plants, and we’re here today planting a lot!”

This group of volunteers is looking for their next place to plant shrubs.

When asked why he was involved with the JCWC and events like this, Newton replied, “This is one of the few creeks in the Portland urban area that is in relatively good ecological health. We’re trying to make his health even better, bring his salmon back, and provide a place where people can experience nature.

“When people, neighbors, see what nature looks like, when it’s in good condition, it helps them to be proud of our city and to feel more connected to where they live,” Newton observed.

The group dispersed to designated areas and began planting red-twig dogwood (Cornus servicea) shrubs, perfect for fertile, moist soil like that of the floodplain.

PP&R natural resource ecologist Christian Haaning helps volunteers.

PP&R natural resource ecologist Christian Haaning answered questions and oversaw the morning’s activity: “Opportunities like these bring people into their urban natural areas and natural areas, where they can actually see up close and enjoy it.

“Of the 15,000 plants we plant in the Johnson Creek watershed, over 10,000 were planted by volunteers this year,” Haaning said. “And because around 90% of our factories are set up by volunteers, I have to say that we love these people; we couldn’t do it on our own.

We’re sure volunteer Patrick is happy to have worn his tall, waterproof boots at this JCWC event today.

If you missed this annual project this year, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council offers all kinds of volunteer activities, classes, and nature walks year-round. To learn more, check out their website: CLICK HERE.

© 2022 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News ™

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