Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation is for everyone. Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical assistance, financial assistance, and education in order to create a sustainable, productive, healthy environment for the Washington County community.
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Providing local solutions to local problems. www.tualatinswcd.org

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"Even for trees that have remained intact for a 100 years, a single year of extreme weather events can tip them over the...
07/16/2021
Northwest trees sapped by Oregon and Washington heat waves could be vulnerable to fire

"Even for trees that have remained intact for a 100 years, a single year of extreme weather events can tip them over the edge."

https://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/2021/07/northwest-trees-sapped-by-oregon-and-washington-heat-waves-could-be-vulnerable-to-fire.html

The historic heat wave last month scorched trees across the Portland area and the state, worsening drought conditions and posing a fire risk.

We’ve all seen the impacts of Oregon’s historic drought. Being careful with how much water you use can help make sure th...
07/15/2021

We’ve all seen the impacts of Oregon’s historic drought. Being careful with how much water you use can help make sure there's enough for everybody. Every drip, drop and splash counts! 💦

Our latest blog highlights seven steps you can take to create a water-wise garden: https://tualatinswcd.org/seven-steps-to-create-a-water-wise-garden/

#Waterwise #Garden #GardenTips #Gardening #Conservation #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

We’ve all seen the impacts of Oregon’s historic drought. Being careful with how much water you use can help make sure there's enough for everybody. Every drip, drop and splash counts! 💦

Our latest blog highlights seven steps you can take to create a water-wise garden: https://tualatinswcd.org/seven-steps-to-create-a-water-wise-garden/

#Waterwise #Garden #GardenTips #Gardening #Conservation #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

Our planet is changing so rapidly, it’s difficult for research to keep up. You can help experts find conservation soluti...
07/14/2021
Community Scientists

Our planet is changing so rapidly, it’s difficult for research to keep up. You can help experts find conservation solutions by being a community scientist. Learn how to take advantage of your outdoor playtime by becoming a community scientist:

https://foresthealth.org/scientists/

We strive to provide opportunities for anyone to participate in discovery and contribute to science. Anyone is welcome to be a community scientist. Community sc...

After a year-long pause, our Tualatin Watershed Improvement Grant (TWIG) Program is back! This grant program awards up t...
07/12/2021

After a year-long pause, our Tualatin Watershed Improvement Grant (TWIG) Program is back! This grant program awards up to $5,000 for conservation projects in Washington County. Since it opened in late 2017, the TWIG Program has provided $265,128 to 65 projects. Funding has gone to school gardens, native planting projects, pollinator habitat, and much more! Interested in learning more about this grant program? Check out our website: https://tualatinswcd.org/programs/grants-funding/twig/

Huge thank you to Kendra Ritchie for creating these great graphics for us!

A gardener’s favorite, Balfour’s balsam features vibrant pink and white flowers and lush green leaves. Its pretty flower...
07/07/2021

A gardener’s favorite, Balfour’s balsam features vibrant pink and white flowers and lush green leaves. Its pretty flowers and easy maintenance make it a popular plant for shady, wet areas. However, it can quickly escape gardens and compete with native plants for resources along creeks and streams.

Head over to our W**d of the Month post to learn how to identify, report, and control this troublesome species! https://tualatinswcd.org/species/balfours-balsam/

#InvasiveSpecies #W**dOfTheMonth #BalfoursBalsam #Conservation #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

A gardener’s favorite, Balfour’s balsam features vibrant pink and white flowers and lush green leaves. Its pretty flowers and easy maintenance make it a popular plant for shady, wet areas. However, it can quickly escape gardens and compete with native plants for resources along creeks and streams.

Head over to our W**d of the Month post to learn how to identify, report, and control this troublesome species! https://tualatinswcd.org/species/balfours-balsam/

#InvasiveSpecies #W**dOfTheMonth #BalfoursBalsam #Conservation #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

Come work with us! We’re looking for two more folks to join the Tualatin SWCD team: - Grants & Enrollment Specialist- In...
06/24/2021
Careers - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Come work with us! We’re looking for two more folks to join the Tualatin SWCD team:
- Grants & Enrollment Specialist
- Information Systems Coordinator
Applications are due July 7th. Find job details and application instructions on our website: https://tualatinswcd.org/our-story/careers/

On this page: Job Board Working at Tualatin SWCD You might also like: Our Board Our Story Our Watershed Our Staff Mike And Bethany Charlotte In Field Brita On Site […]

We love Oregon white oaks! They're beautiful, fire resistant, and support dozens of plants and animals. Show your love f...
06/23/2021

We love Oregon white oaks! They're beautiful, fire resistant, and support dozens of plants and animals. Show your love for this threatened tree by finding one, snapping a photo, and sharing it by tagging us and using the hashtag #OregonWhiteOak.

Not sure how to identify one? Check out this quick how-to guide as well as clues for where to spot these big, important beauties:
https://tualatinswcd.org/celebrating-oregon-white-oak/

We love Oregon white oaks! They're beautiful, fire resistant, and support dozens of plants and animals. Show your love for this threatened tree by finding one, snapping a photo, and sharing it by tagging us and using the hashtag #OregonWhiteOak.

Not sure how to identify one? Check out this quick how-to guide as well as clues for where to spot these big, important beauties:
https://tualatinswcd.org/celebrating-oregon-white-oak/

The health of our communities and economy depends on a thriving natural world. Biodiversity is a core indicator of ecosy...
06/21/2021
What is Biodiversity and Why Does It Matter For You? - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

The health of our communities and economy depends on a thriving natural world. Biodiversity is a core indicator of ecosystem health. Read our latest blog post for a brief introduction to ecology.

https://tualatinswcd.org/what-is-biodiversity-and-why-does-it-matter-for-you/

Biodiversity is a hot topic these days. All around us, there’s talk about the earth’s most beautiful animals creeping ever closer to extinctionWhen an entire species no longer exists.. Leopards, […]

A pair of tighty whities can tell us a lot about the health of our soils. Join us as we dig into the world of soil  micr...
06/14/2021

A pair of tighty whities can tell us a lot about the health of our soils. Join us as we dig into the world of soil microbes with this easy activity. Sign up to receive to a DIY soil testing packet that will help you get started!

Click here ➡️ https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-your-undies-with-us/

A pair of tighty whities can tell us a lot about the health of our soils. Join us as we dig into the world of soil microbes with this easy activity. Sign up to receive to a DIY soil testing packet that will help you get started!

Click here ➡️ https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-your-undies-with-us/

06/10/2021

Soiling Your Un**es is a kid friendly activity that can be done to assess the health of your soil and its microbial activity. We're giving away soil testing packets to Washington County residents to help families get a sense of what's happening underground 👀.

Follow the link to sign up and get the dirty details. Supplies limited! https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-your-undies-with-us/

Our friends at Clackamas SWCD and Friends of the Columbia Gorge have some great tips about using boot brushes before and...
06/08/2021
How To Use A Boot Brush

Our friends at Clackamas SWCD and Friends of the Columbia Gorge have some great tips about using boot brushes before and after visiting a natural area! 🥾🧹🏔

#PlayCleanGo #Conservation #WashingtonCounty

Mika Barrett (Friends of the Columbia Gorge) demonstrates how to use a boot brush before and after hiking your favorite trails! Credit: Jay Horita (United St...

We’ve already gotten a fair share of mosquito bites so we’re feeling the love for mosquito-eating insects like dragonfli...
06/04/2021

We’ve already gotten a fair share of mosquito bites so we’re feeling the love for mosquito-eating insects like dragonflies.

Even as juvenile naiads, dragonflies and damselflies (collectively called darners) are fierce predators! Oregon is home to 14 of North America’s 42 species of darners.

📸 by one of our habitat conservation technicians!

We’ve already gotten a fair share of mosquito bites so we’re feeling the love for mosquito-eating insects like dragonflies.

Even as juvenile naiads, dragonflies and damselflies (collectively called darners) are fierce predators! Oregon is home to 14 of North America’s 42 species of darners.

📸 by one of our habitat conservation technicians!

Did you know that leafcutter bees carry pollen underneath their abdomen?  🐝🌻🐝It’s true! Leafcutter bees collect pollen o...
06/03/2021

Did you know that leafcutter bees carry pollen underneath their abdomen? 🐝🌻🐝

It’s true! Leafcutter bees collect pollen on hairs located on the underside of their abdomen, unlike other bees which gather pollen on their hind legs. This makes them excellent pollinators, as the pollen easily falls off their bodies and onto plants.

Join us on Thursday, June 10th at 6 pm to learn more about these incredible pollinators!

More info: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/living-with-leafcutter-bees-ii/

Photo: Bee & Bloom

#Bees #NativeBees #LeafcutterBees #BeeFriendly #Pollinators #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Did you know that leafcutter bees carry pollen underneath their abdomen? 🐝🌻🐝

It’s true! Leafcutter bees collect pollen on hairs located on the underside of their abdomen, unlike other bees which gather pollen on their hind legs. This makes them excellent pollinators, as the pollen easily falls off their bodies and onto plants.

Join us on Thursday, June 10th at 6 pm to learn more about these incredible pollinators!

More info: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/living-with-leafcutter-bees-ii/

Photo: Bee & Bloom

#Bees #NativeBees #LeafcutterBees #BeeFriendly #Pollinators #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

It’s that time of year again - budget season! The Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 will take place on June 8th. ...
06/02/2021
Budget Hearing - Fiscal Year '22 - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

It’s that time of year again - budget season! The Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 will take place on June 8th. Find additional details here: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/budget-hearing-fiscal-year-22/

A public meeting of the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will be held on June 8, 2021 at 6:00pm on Zoom. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 as approved by the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Budget Committee. Thi...

If you’re planning a summer camping trip, remember to not move firewood from place to place. It may contain pests that c...
05/21/2021

If you’re planning a summer camping trip, remember to not move firewood from place to place. It may contain pests that could become invasive in new areas.

A helpful phrase to remember is “Buy it where you burn it!” 🏕

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #BuyItWhereYouBurnIt #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

If you’re planning a summer camping trip, remember to not move firewood from place to place. It may contain pests that could become invasive in new areas.

A helpful phrase to remember is “Buy it where you burn it!” 🏕

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #BuyItWhereYouBurnIt #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

You can help reduce the spread of w**ds by brushing off footwear before and after visiting natural areas. Many w**d seed...
05/20/2021

You can help reduce the spread of w**ds by brushing off footwear before and after visiting natural areas.

Many w**d seeds travel with hikers and walkers from urban areas into these spaces. Cleaning boots keeps unnoticed hitchhikers from escaping into the wild.

We’re sending FREE portable boot brushes to Washington County residents that attend our recorded W**d Watcher Workshop and complete our online quiz. Learn more: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/w**d-watcher-workshop/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

You can help reduce the spread of w**ds by brushing off footwear before and after visiting natural areas.

Many w**d seeds travel with hikers and walkers from urban areas into these spaces. Cleaning boots keeps unnoticed hitchhikers from escaping into the wild.

We’re sending FREE portable boot brushes to Washington County residents that attend our recorded W**d Watcher Workshop and complete our online quiz. Learn more: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/w**d-watcher-workshop/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Don’t dump aquariums near streams, rivers, or lakes!Most aquariums have plants and animals that didn’t evolve in our wat...
05/19/2021

Don’t dump aquariums near streams, rivers, or lakes!

Most aquariums have plants and animals that didn’t evolve in our watershed. This means they don’t have predators and diseases that keep them under control like in their native habitats. If released, these species can quickly spread and harm our ecosystem. They can out compete native fish for food, clog our streams, and even make waterways difficult to use by anglers, boaters, and swimmers. Instead of dumping your aquarium, you can:

🐠 Find a fish club. Local aquarium clubs often have members that will help you find a new home for your unwanted aquatic plants and fish.
🐟 Contact pet shops. Sometimes pet shops will take your unwanted aquatic plants and fish.
💻 List your aquarium on a bulletin board or online forum.
🏫 Donate the aquarium to an office, nursing home or local school.

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Don’t dump aquariums near streams, rivers, or lakes!

Most aquariums have plants and animals that didn’t evolve in our watershed. This means they don’t have predators and diseases that keep them under control like in their native habitats. If released, these species can quickly spread and harm our ecosystem. They can out compete native fish for food, clog our streams, and even make waterways difficult to use by anglers, boaters, and swimmers. Instead of dumping your aquarium, you can:

🐠 Find a fish club. Local aquarium clubs often have members that will help you find a new home for your unwanted aquatic plants and fish.
🐟 Contact pet shops. Sometimes pet shops will take your unwanted aquatic plants and fish.
💻 List your aquarium on a bulletin board or online forum.
🏫 Donate the aquarium to an office, nursing home or local school.

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

After two winters in a row with below average precipitation, we’re facing drought conditions throughout the region. What...
05/18/2021
What we’re talking about when we talk about drought

After two winters in a row with below average precipitation, we’re facing drought conditions throughout the region. What exactly is drought and what does it mean for you?? Check out this OPB article: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.opb.org/article/2021/05/13/drought-oregon-climate-change/%3foutputType=amp

Simply put, drought means there isn’t enough water to meet the needs of all who use it. It gets more complicated from there.

Our W**d & Pest Directory highlights over 50 plants that negatively impact the Tualatin River Watershed! You can easily ...
05/18/2021

Our W**d & Pest Directory highlights over 50 plants that negatively impact the Tualatin River Watershed! You can easily identify w**ds by their photo, description, or search by common locations. You can even discover our 6 priority species which, if found in Washington County, we will treat for you for free!

Check the W**d & Pest Directory: https://tualatinswcd.org/priorities/invasive-species-management/w**d-pest-directory/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Our W**d & Pest Directory highlights over 50 plants that negatively impact the Tualatin River Watershed! You can easily identify w**ds by their photo, description, or search by common locations. You can even discover our 6 priority species which, if found in Washington County, we will treat for you for free!

Check the W**d & Pest Directory: https://tualatinswcd.org/priorities/invasive-species-management/w**d-pest-directory/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Throughout the week, we’ll feature some tools you can use to help reduce ...
05/17/2021

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Throughout the week, we’ll feature some tools you can use to help reduce the spread of invasive species in Washington County.

First up is our W**d Watchers Workshop! This year’s 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 quiz and live in Washington County can receive a free portable boot brush and a printed copy of our W**d Watchers Guide!

Learn more about the workshop: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/w**d-watcher-workshop/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Throughout the week, we’ll feature some tools you can use to help reduce the spread of invasive species in Washington County.

First up is our W**d Watchers Workshop! This year’s 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 quiz and live in Washington County can receive a free portable boot brush and a printed copy of our W**d Watchers Guide!

Learn more about the workshop: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/w**d-watcher-workshop/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

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7175 NE Evergreen Pkwy #400
Hillsboro, OR
97124

General information

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District provides a number of services to Washington County, including landowner technical assistance, riparian restoration, invasive species education, hosting the Manure Link exchange, and much, much more! Our technical staff are hard at work in our Hillsboro office and encourage you to call or email for an appointment before stopping by. You can also learn about our programs, the watershed, and more at our website www.swcd.net Want to keep in touch? Why not sign up for our newsletter using the app on our page? Or follow us on Twitter @tswcd.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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+15033342288

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•Gardenfest Plant Sale: Saturday April 27, 8 am - 2 pm. Join Washington County Master Gardeners for a fun-filled day shopping from a selection of 1000’s of plants expertly selected for the PNW, generating inspiring ideas from our new Education Garden, asking questions of our experts, or taking classes. Offering perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and more for flower-filled gardens and bountiful harvests. Children’s activities, plant combination ideas, & gardener gifts too. Our Master Gardeners are delighted to welcome you, inspire you, and help you succeed in your garden by providing practical knowledge on plants, garden care, and diagnosing problems. At PCC Rock Creek Campus - 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland. washingtoncountymastergardeners.org The TSWCD will be providing information about invasive plants and a short class that is free to everyone.
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The final installment of the Tualatin River Watershed Series is this Wed., March 28 (class) and March 31 (field trip). This one focuses on agriculture in the watershed. I've met with local farmers John McDonald and Dave Vanasche. Dave has arranged for the field trip to visit a hazelnut orchard, grass seed farm, berry farm and flower farm. John provided great info and both may join us Wednesday evening. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the 35% of land base in the county that is devoted to agriculture - some 200 different crops.