Oswego Lake Watershed Council
Friends of Iron Mountain Park
You are invited to come individually or as a family (children are welcome with parents) to help simply weed landscape areas of our new active area. The recent plantings are doing well but competing weeds need to be removed for both aesthetics in the landscape but also so that the native plants can thrive (picture above of our targeted area).
Hand pulling with or without small cultivator tools will immensely help our Parks Department staff in maintenance responsibilities. Please contact Mike Buck to register for this Saturday’s, June 12th work party:
Date: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 10:00am – noon
Place: Iron Mountain Park (meet just off parking lot)
A brief orientation will be given at the beginning of this park enhancement.
Allie Molen has joined our staff as our new Outreach Specialist, and she’s an amazing fit for the job!
As well as supporting education and outreach campaigns for the Oswego Lake Watershed Council, Allie also works for the Portland Water Bureau as an Environmental educator, where she tells stories about nature and ecology to students at the Bull Run Watershed, to help them understand the impact of conservation.
Policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) is an invasive weed that grows in ditches, wetlands, and along waterways. Policeman’s helmet germinates in early spring and can grow up to 10 feet tall! A single plant can produce up to 800 seeds. Mature seed pods split and propel seeds up to 20 feet away.
Join the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District as they highlight harmful weeds found in our region, detail our priority species, and introduce ways you can get involved. This year’s Weed Watcher Workshop is recorded for folks to watch on their own. You can even test your identification skills with our online quiz.
Those who complete the online quiz and live in Washington County will receive a printed copy of the Weed Watchers Guide, as well as a portable boot brush!
Click on the image above to find local sources of native plants, including local plant sales, as well as retail, wholesale and native plant seed suppliers.
For more resources including what plants to use for different conditions (sunny & dry, shady & wet, etc.), you may want to also look HERE.
Oswego Lake Watershed Council’s number one priority is the health of our community and volunteers. We appreciate all of you and want you to know that our staff is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and taking appropriate measures to ensure that we are doing our part to promote wellness in the community.
The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police have reinvigorated national conversations around racial justice, and police violence against Black people. We condemn this racial violence.
Environmental justice is inherently linked with social and racial justice. We cannot have a safe and healthy watershed unless we address the conditions that harm folks who live in our community. We envision a world where a black man can hike through our local parks and birdwatch without fear of surveillance or violence. Where everyone can breathe, and have access to clean air and clean water.