Volunteer for SOLVE Wallace Marine Park Cleanup

Ivy Pile 533x400 Volunteer for SOLVE Wallace Marine Park CleanupPolk SWCD is excited to be participating in the SOLVE cleanup in West Salem on Saturday, September 27th. Resource Conservationist Liz Graham will be helping lead the masses as they attack the ivy. Come on out and volunteer from 9 to noon at Wallace Marine Park, along the beautiful Willamette River! We’ll be maintaining trails, picking up litter and saving trees from English Ivy. Snacks and water will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup.

Must Register to Volunteer (it’s quick and easy):

Ergates spiculatus

 Ergates spiculatus

Ponderous Pine Borer Beetle

Have you seen these recently?  The Ergates Spiculatus Beetle, or Pine Sawyer Beetle,  loves coniferous forests like Doug Fir or Ponderosa Pine.  They come out around dusk, are about two inches long at maturity, can be brown or black, and have armour like wings.  According to Dave’s Garden, “they are the largest beetle in Western North America.  Larvae excavate large tunnels within the sapwood and heartwood. Although detrimental to the logging industry, they are a naturally occurring element of western forest ecology. Larvae significantly help to speed the deterioration of dead trees. Trees killed by fire or infestation or other insects are often mined at the base by the Pine Sawyer, making them fall quickly. This helps to deter forest fires. The feeding habits and form of the larval mandibles gave a logger the idea for the modern chain saw. Their life cycle lasts several years. Adults emerge in July and August.”
Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/645/#ixzz38Dk2kh2v

2014 Rural Living Field Day

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Howell Park

The 2014 Rural Living Field Day is set for Saturday, August 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at


The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families. Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners and this year the event is sponsored by West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Oregon Small Woodland Association. The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, riparian restoration, crops and soil health, and manure composting.

Read the  RLFD Registration Flyer

New Publications

native New Publications

From METRO:    Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

Native plants support wildlife and offer many natural benefits. Planting well chosen natives can create wildlife habitat, conserve water and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute local rivers and streams.

Native Plants:  Good for Wildlife, Good for Gardens. 





Controlling Himalayan Blackberry in the Pacific Northwest

Although produced by and the responsibility of The Nature Conservancy, this document evolved from a workshop co-sponsored by Metro, The City of Portland Parks, Natural Resources Division, The Society for Ecological Restoration, Northwest Chapter and The Nature Conservancy in February 2002.


 New Publications



Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act Property Evaluation and Self Certification Guide


This publication is produced by the Oregon Department of Forestry for the purpose of aiding people who own property within a forestland-urban interface area. The information  within this document is intended to help a property owner evaluate a property and structure’s vulnerability to damage or destruction by wildfire, and choose measures which will make a property compliant with the standards of the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997.