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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Soil School’s keynote speaker session is April 15th! Judy Bluehorse Skelton from Portland State University will share he...
04/08/2021

Soil School’s keynote speaker session is April 15th!

Judy Bluehorse Skelton from Portland State University will share her decades of insight into Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge. She’s spent 25 years conducting activities focused on traditional and contemporary uses of native plants for food, medicine, ceremony, and healthy lifeways. She’ll explore how these practices can be applied to help us unlock the potential for collaboration between universities, governments, and tribal communities. Don’t miss this critical conversation on the interconnectedness of climate change, environmental justice, and community health!

Register here 👉 https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

April’s W**d of the Month is oblong spurge!Oblong spurge is commonly planted as an ornamental species. However, it does ...
04/07/2021

April’s W**d of the Month is oblong spurge!

Oblong spurge is commonly planted as an ornamental species. However, it does not remain an ornamental for long… The sticky coating that covers its seeds allows them to easily attach to boots, cars, clothing, and animals’ fur and be carried to new sites. To make matters worse, seeds can remain viable in the soil for up to eight years!

Hand pulling is the best way to control small infestations of oblong spurge – just be sure to remove as much of the root as possible to prevent resprouting. Once removed, put any plant material in a plastic bag and throw it away in the trash to keep it from spreading.

Learn more about oblong spurge: https://tualatinswcd.org/species/oblong-spurge/

#W**dOfTheMonth #OblongSpurge #InvasiveSpecies #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

As individuals, we can take steps to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by altering our private landscapes. Col...
04/05/2021

As individuals, we can take steps to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by altering our private landscapes. Collectively, this can have sweeping positive effects on our community and environmental health. Learn about the benefits of meadowscaping from West Multnomah SWCD's very own Laura Taylor at Soil School!

April 13th @ 6pm, registration required:
https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

📸 Bruce Fingerhood

Like to garden? Then our next Soil School session is for you! Soil scientist, Cory Owens will explain how different gard...
04/01/2021

Like to garden? Then our next Soil School session is for you! Soil scientist, Cory Owens will explain how different gardening practices can increase soil health.

Join the conversation on April 8th at 6:00pm - registration required 🌼

https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

Who knows what tree makes this leaf? Hint - it’s one of our favorites!Big thanks to @noras_science_art for another gorge...
04/01/2021

Who knows what tree makes this leaf? Hint - it’s one of our favorites!

Big thanks to @noras_science_art for another gorgeous illustration ❤️

What is soil? How does it work? And what does that mean for civilization and your garden? These are some questions James...
03/30/2021

What is soil? How does it work? And what does that mean for civilization and your garden? These are some questions James Cassidy, founder of OSU's Organic Growers Club, will answer at our opening session of Soil School.

Join us online on April 6th at 6pm! Link to registration 👇
https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

Join us next week on Thursday, April 1st at 5 pm to learn how to create a watershed wise landscape!  This webinar will f...
03/25/2021

Join us next week on Thursday, April 1st at 5 pm to learn how to create a watershed wise landscape! This webinar will focus on building healthy living soil, capturing rainwater, and selecting native plants for your space.

For more information and to register, visit: https://greengardensgroup.com/watershed-wise-landscaping-tualatin-or-210401/

#WaterWise #RainwaterManagement #Conservation #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Happy World Water Day! Water is the basis of all life, big and small. What does water mean to you? How is it important t...
03/22/2021

Happy World Water Day! Water is the basis of all life, big and small. What does water mean to you? How is it important to your livelihood, your home, your culture, and your local environment? Today, we encourage you to think about the importance of water as you fill a glass from your tap, feel a raindrop on your head, or admire a nearby stream or pond. 💧

#WorldWaterDay #WorldWaterDay2021 #Conservation #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

Register today for a soil school session! Whether you're interested in biochar, soil ecology, applied knowledge, or anyt...
03/16/2021

Register today for a soil school session! Whether you're interested in biochar, soil ecology, applied knowledge, or anything in between you're certain to find a presentation that peaks your interest.

https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

Happy National Plant-a-Flower Day! Not sure what to plant? Here’s a few of our favorite natives:🌼Tiger Lilly - photo by ...
03/12/2021

Happy National Plant-a-Flower Day!

Not sure what to plant? Here’s a few of our favorite natives:
🌼Tiger Lilly - photo by Patrick Alexander
🌺Oregon Iris - photo by Brent Miller
🌸Farewell To Spring - photo by TSWCD

Discover simple steps you can take to help support pollinators in our region with our next pollinator webinar. Join us f...
03/10/2021
Plants & Pollinators: Free Webinar - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Discover simple steps you can take to help support pollinators in our region with our next pollinator webinar. Join us for Plants and Pollinators on Thursday, March 18th at 6 pm!

Details and registration 👇
https://tualatinswcd.org/event/plants-pollinators/

📸 Bee & Bloom

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

The free Plants & Pollinators webinar will highlight simple steps folks can take to help support pollinators in our region.

03/09/2021

Learn more about an innovated program that’s helping us monitor garlic mustard in the Tualatin River Watershed. Thanks for lending a paw, Jasper!

#GarlicMustard #InvasiveSpecies #WashingtonCounty #TualatinSWCD

Invasive zebra mussels have been detected in moss balls sold in pet stores across the United States, including Oregon. B...
03/08/2021

Invasive zebra mussels have been detected in moss balls sold in pet stores across the United States, including Oregon. Be on the alert for “Betta Buddy” marimo moss balls.

If you have marimo moss balls in your aquarium, please dispose of the water safely. Do not pour the water down a sink or drain, or in locations where it can spread into surface waters.

More info can be found below!

URGENT! ZEBRA MUSSEL ALERT!

If you have a home aquarium or operate a pet store, be on the alert for marimo moss balls contaminated with invasive zebra mussels! These moss balls have been marketed at Petco and PetSmart and have been confirmed in several states.

Please help spread the word! If you have marimo moss balls, please dispose of the water safely. Do not pout the water down a sink or drain, or in locations where it can spread in to surface waters.

Invasive zebra mussels have the potential to harm our local fisheries and hydropower facilities throughout the western US. Learn more by following the link below!
#InvasiveSpecies #marimomossball #ZebraMussel #DontLetItLoose

Discover the wonderful world beneath our feet at the 9th annual Soil School!! Throughout the month of April, we'll host ...
03/08/2021

Discover the wonderful world beneath our feet at the 9th annual Soil School!! Throughout the month of April, we'll host soil experts to talk about why soil rocks.

Check out the schedule and list of topics here 👇https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2021/

Happy World Wildlife Day! The Pacific Northwest is home to a ton of wildlife species, from tiny insects to large birds a...
03/03/2021

Happy World Wildlife Day! The Pacific Northwest is home to a ton of wildlife species, from tiny insects to large birds and mammals. What are some of your favorite wildlife species?

Pictured here are a bald eagle, a river otter pup, and a coyote. 📸: J. Comery

#WorldWildlifeDay #WorldWildlifeDay2021 #Eagle #RiverOtter #Coyote #Conservation #Habitat #Wildlife #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

Space is still available for tomorrow's Working with Mason Bees webinar! Join us to learn how you can create habitat for...
03/02/2021

Space is still available for tomorrow's Working with Mason Bees webinar! Join us to learn how you can create habitat for these amazing pollinators!

Details and registration: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/working-with-mason-bees-2/

📸: Bee & Bloom

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

Now that you have all the tools to reduce the spread of unwanted w**ds, let’s put them into practice!Spurge laurel is li...
02/26/2021

Now that you have all the tools to reduce the spread of unwanted w**ds, let’s put them into practice!

Spurge laurel is listed as a priority species for the Tualatin SWCD. Throughout the Willamette Valley, this w**d has escaped gardens and now endangers some of the Willamette Valley’s most rare habitats. Have you seen spurge laurel in our watershed? What are some ways we can protect these habitats from spurge laurel?

Learn more about spurge laurel and how you can help reduce its spread: https://tualatinswcd.org/spurge-laurel-toxic-stubborn-and-trying-to-take-over-oregons-native-forests/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #SpurgeLaurel #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

UPDATE: All boot brushes have been claimed! Stay tuned for future giveaways!********************************************...
02/25/2021

UPDATE: All boot brushes have been claimed! Stay tuned for future giveaways!

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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 before and after you visit keeps unnoticed hitchhikers from escaping into the wild.

We’ve got a mountain of FREE portable boot brushes to giveaway for anyone in Washington County! To receive your boot brush, fill out this online form and we’ll send one directly to your mailbox: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/boot-brush-giveaway/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

Are you a do-it-yourselfer that’s trying to remove a small invasive tree or woody shrub? Then we have an opportunity for...
02/24/2021

Are you a do-it-yourselfer that’s trying to remove a small invasive tree or woody shrub? Then we have an opportunity for you!

The Tualatin SWCD has an equipment loan library that allows Washington County residents to borrow specialized w**d-removal tools, like this w**d wrench, for FREE! To learn more about our tool library and to borrow a tool, visit our website: https://tualatinswcd.org/programs/invasive-species/tool-loan-program/

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #DIY #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

Think you’ve spotted one of the invasive species from our W**d & Pest Directory in your backyard or neighborhood? Report...
02/23/2021

Think you’ve spotted one of the invasive species from our W**d & Pest Directory in your backyard or neighborhood?

Report it to the Oregon Invasive Species Hotline! This online hotline is an easy-to-use tool that connects concerned Oregonians with local natural resource managers, like the Tualatin SWCD! When you submit a report, you will be connected with an expert who can assist with plant identification and answer any questions you may have.

To learn more or submit a report, visit: https://oregoninvasiveshotline.org/

Picture: Large patch of woody knotw**d (Polygonum species).
📸: Oregon Department of Agriculture

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Throughout the week, we’ll highlight some tools you can use to help reduc...
02/22/2021

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

First up is our W**d & Pest Directory! This directory highlights 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!

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

Picture: Small, white knotw**d (Polygonum species) flowers.

#NISAW #InvasiveSpecies #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

With the wintery weather of the last week, it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner. But now is a gre...
02/18/2021
Planting Calendar for Hillsboro, OR

With the wintery weather of the last week, it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner. But now is a great time to start planning your summer gardens! Check out this detailed planting calendar from The Old Farmers Almanac that can be updated using your zip code: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar/zipcode/97123

#SpringIsComing #GardenTips #Gardening #TualatinSWCD

Planting calendar for Hillsboro, Oregon. Find the best dates for planting and transplanting vegetables and fruit! Our free planting guide calculates the best dates for sowing seeds indoors and outdoors, and for transplanting seedlings to the garden—all customized to your location. Based on frost d...

Join us for our next Working with Mason Bees workshop to learn how these amazing pollinators improve our environment and...
02/17/2021

Join us for our next Working with Mason Bees workshop to learn how these amazing pollinators improve our environment and how you can create habitat in yards, farms, and community spaces!

Details and registration:
https://tualatinswcd.org/event/working-with-mason-bees/

📸: Bee & Bloom

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

We know how stressful job hunting can be. Do yourself a favor and let us come to you when job positions become available...
02/16/2021

We know how stressful job hunting can be. Do yourself a favor and let us come to you when job positions become available.

Sigh up here: https://bit.ly/2OAtgQX

Just a couple of lovebirds ❤️ This male and female wood duck pair was caught striking a synchronized pose!              ...
02/14/2021

Just a couple of lovebirds ❤️ This male and female wood duck pair was caught striking a synchronized pose!

📸: J. Comery

#Love #WoodDucks #Ducks #Wetlands #Conservation #Habitat #Wildlife #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

When it rains in urban areas, rainwater runs off hard surfaces, like streets and driveways, picking up pollutants along ...
02/11/2021

When it rains in urban areas, rainwater runs off hard surfaces, like streets and driveways, picking up pollutants along the way. The dirty water can drain into our creeks and streams. In contrast, permeable pavers allow water to soak into the ground naturally, filtering pollutants and replenishing ground water. Plus, they come in some really cool designs!

Learn more about how you can help reduce the negative impacts of rainwater: https://tualatinswcd.org/priorities/clean-water/rainwater-management/

This 18-month fellowship program for BIPOC food systems leaders is accepting applications now! Check it out!
02/11/2021

This 18-month fellowship program for BIPOC food systems leaders is accepting applications now! Check it out!

Who leads the work to create a more equitable and resilient food system matters. Now through March 2, we’re accepting applications for the Viviane Barnett Fellowship for Food System Leaders. Selected Fellows will join a cohort-based 18-month program for aspiring, emerging, and experienced Black, Indigenous and People of Color leaders working across sectors to build equitable, climate-resilient food systems. Fellowship is open to residents of Oregon. Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/BIPOCFoodFellowship

#foodsystemleaders #climatejustice #blackfarmers #foodjustice #foodequity #landjustice #healthequity #cooperativeeconomics #communityfoodsystems #bipocleadership #fellowship

The OSU online Land Steward Course starts this week! If you own or manage a farm, forest, or other rural land, this is t...
02/09/2021
Land Steward Online Short Course - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

The OSU online Land Steward Course starts this week! If you own or manage a farm, forest, or other rural land, this is the course for you! Washington County residents receive a discount. Find the info on our website: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/land-steward-online-short-course/

Are you an owner of a woodland, small farm, or other rural land? Learn how to manage your property’s natural resources more effectively with this online offering from Oregon State University’s Land Steward Program. It is well-suited for busy adults who enjoy online learning and want to figure ou...

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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.

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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.
There are 2 people on the ballot for the Director position Zone 4. Only one of them is listed in the voter's pamphlet. Where is the information about Loren Behrman? Why isn't it in the voter's pamphlet?
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.