SOLVE IT Restoration Work Parties

TCWC and SOLVE are planning three work parties on April 26th for SOLVE-IT/ Earth Day. We especially need helpers at this point for the Deer Creek site.

Deer Creek
Deer Creek is a tributary to Tryon Creek that joins in Marshall Park. The Tryon Creek Watershed Council is helping landowners clear invasive plants from their yards and adjacent public right of ways in order to create a corridor of healthy habitat. We need help pulling ivy and yellow arch angel away from trees and native plants in stage one of our restoration work here. We may also do some late season planting. Snacks, tools, and native plant posters/ booklets will be provided to participants, as well as a coupon for a free native plant from our next plant sale. This is a good opportunity to see Deer and Coyote Creeks, two hidden gems that aren’t visible from easy access points. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Native Planting. Sign-up here (required)

Tryon Life Community Farm
Help the Tryon Life Community Farm remove garlic mustard and other invasives from their property. TLC Farm brings people together to root into relationships with each other and the land, by sharing tools for community-based sustainability and social change, and tending resilient ecosystems. Participants will help steward the land and the conservation easement with the adjacent Tryon Creek State Park. This is also an opportunity to see permaculture practices in action, check out composting toilets, and meet goats that are helping to clear blackberries. After the pulling, we will meet in the outdoor kitchen for lunch (bring your own, but we’ll have snacks,) and try out some garlic mustard pesto. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal. Sign up here (required.)

4th Avenue East Tryon Creek
This will be a great way for participants to celebrate Earth Day, contributing to improving the ecosystem health of the East Fork of Tryon Creek, while learning about the intricacies of data collection, site assessment and native plant ID. Activities will be kicked off with a 1hr ivy pull and blackberry “smackdown”! Data collected will help evaluate the success of previous plantings and overall site condition. Potluck and outdoor games to follow! Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Maintenance & Monitoring, Potluck and games. Sign up here (required.)

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2014 Planting Season

Our Watershed Wide Restoration Event is happening Saturday February 22nd.  There is more information here and a sign-in here.

and lunch: 11:30-12
Riverdale High 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Work-parties will last until around 3:30.

If you arrive late, someone will be onsite to direct you to a project site, but please be on time!    We will have access to the gym lobby this year, allowing us to have bathrooms and an inside space for our food and supplies.  It’s on the far left end of the building.  We’ll have signs up to direct you.

Bring: water bottle, sturdy shoes that can deal with mud and steep /uneven slopes.  Reusable mugs/plates are appropriate to bring and will help us cut down on waste.

We will provide gloves, tools, food, and drinks.   Lunch will include DIY sandwiches, pastries, veggies, fruit, (and energybars to take with you).  Vegan and gluten free options will be available.  We will have some coffee too.


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2013 Native Plant Sale open for preorders!

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No July Meeting; August BBQ Celebration

We are taking a break for July and will have no general meeting.  In August we will celebrate the work of the council with a backyard barbecue and potluck.  All are invited to come.  Folks that have volunteered or that have hosted restoration projects on their property are especially encouraged!  We’d like to see the broader Tryon Creek Watershed community to get to know each other better at this event.  This will take place on Monday August 12th at 6PM.  RSVP to [email protected] for location.

July 20th Confluence Paddle

How would you like to see the mouth of Tryon Creek from the vantage point of a canoe?  We are co-hosting a paddle from the mouth of the Clackamas River to the mouth of Johnson Creek, stopping at the mouth of Tryon Creek.  You will learn about the importance of smaller streams like ours to Salmon migrating down the Willamette, see several restoration projects, and have a full-day fun experience.  This paddle is for adults only and is free.  Bring your lunch.  PFDs will be provided.  Space is available on a first come first served basis. Advance reservations are required. Contact McKenzie Miller to register and be sure to mention you’re with the Tryon Creek Watershed Council.  Boats will leave at 9AM from 1955 Clackamette Drive.

How Does Your Garden (or Backyard) Grow?

Summertime is when we revisit restoration sites to check on progress and needs.  If you have had a project on your property, even if it was years ago, please drop me a note to let me know how the project is doing.  Photos would be especially appreciated.  I would like to hear from all of you!

Backyard Habitat Program

Do you wish to step up the quality of wildlife habitat in your backyard?  One opportunity to get information and guidance is the Backyard Habitat Program.  After an initial site visit, technicians will provide a specific plan for your site and access to coupons and discounted native plants.  Our Partners the Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, Columbia Land Trust, and the City of Lake Oswego sponsor this program.  Unlike the assistance offered by TCWC, this is available to any backyard, however there is a fee associate with a site visit and implementation is at your own cost. for more information.

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Watershed Wide Event this weekend

A day of restoration work parties April 27th 2013

On Saturday April 27th, volunteers will work together to restore Tryon Creek, pulling invasives and planting trees at many different sites.  Gather at the Riverdale Highschool Parkinglot at 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd from 8:30-9AM for a free breakfast.  At 9:00 we will carpool or walk to our sites where we will work until 12:30.

This year we will again be partnering with Comcast Cares Day, sponsored by Hands on Greater Portland.  If you would like a free Tshirt, please register with Hands on Greater Portland by clicking the links.  If you have difficulty with the registration, please email us at [email protected]

Tryon Life Community Farm Volunteers will be pulling garlic mustard and Himalayan blackberry from a native medicinal plant installation. Some planting of natives will also be done.  Fence installation is another possible task. This site is using all manual control methods, including goat grazing, to control invasive weeds. The site is adjacent to the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and a creek. The project will provide important habitat as well as educational resource to the farm and public.  Click here to register.
Coyote and Deer confluence Volunteers will pull invasive golden archangel and English ivy from the riparian area of the confluence of Deer and Coyote Creeks. Some native plants will be planted. This is a beautiful site that has older trees but an understory being encroached by invasive plants.  Click here to register.
Quail Creek Volunteers will plant potted shrubs and remove ivy and blackberries. This site is 6 properties along quail creek. Most of the planting and clearing has been done here, volunteers will have the satisfaction to finishing the job (or coming close.) The improvements will shade the creek, filter water, and prevent erosion, improving the water quality and habitat of Quail and Tryon Creeks.  Click here to register.
8th Avenue Neighbors on Deer Creek are working together to remove English Ivy and replace it with native plants. Volunteers will be removing ground and tree ivy and possibly planting some plants. Click here to register.
Spring Garden This tiny spot of creek in Spring Garden deserves to have better than ivy choked banks and dumped concrete pieces. Come help clean up the creek and plant some native trees.  Click here to register.
Meadowview on Paget Creek This is a large green space on Paget Creek in the Tryon Creek Watershed. Formerly overwhelmed by blackberries, this site has undergone initial treatment and planting. Volunteers will plant more trees and shrubs and remove tree ivy and isolated blackberries that were missed by the first treatment.  Click here to register.
Maricara Ave Help restore a section of habitat between the Tryon Creek State Park and a restoration site. Volunteers will clear blackberries and plant potted trees and shrubs. This project will provide an important extension of park habitat.  Click here to register.
Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark’s greenspaces and trees are choked by English Ivy. Save the trees by removing the ivy from their bases and make a big difference to the campus, nearby creeks, and adjacent Tryon Creek State Natural Area.  Click here to register.
Falling Creek This section of Falling Creek has mostly bare banks and a common area choked by blackberries, ivy, and holly. Neighbors are getting together to take back the creek for natural habitat. Volunteers will be pulling ivy and blackberry and planting potted native shrubs.  Click here to register.
Marshall Park Ivy removal in the right of way with JR GRUNT (Greenspaces Restoration Urban Naturalist Team) a program of Portland Parks & Recreation.  The HOGP site refers to garlic mustard, but ivy will be the focus.  Click here to register.
Arnold Creek Natural Area Arnold Creek Natural Area is a small park along Tryon Creek upstream from the Tryon Creek State Natural Area. This is the annual visit to remove ivy from this site in order to protect the habitat for the benefit of fish and wildlife.  Click here to register
Englewood Drive Englewood Drive neighbors on the Tryon Creek State Park. This site is a combination of residential backyards with conservation easements and a metro owned property that have been overwhelmed with clematis and other invasive plants. Help remove them with the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.  Click here to register.
Boones Ferry HOA Pull ivy from the Boones Ferry HOA common area, improving the habitat for plum pocket creek- a tributary to Tryon Creek.  Click here to register.




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Join us on Martin Luther King Day Weekend

In partnership with Hands on Greater Portland’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, we are hosting two important work parties and your help is needed!  Click on the title to sign up at the HOGP website.  Call or email Corrina 541-921-7394 / [email protected] with questions.
10-1PM Meadowview Restoration: Directions: Site is near 11968 Southwest 12th Place.  From Portland, take 1-5 south to Terwilliger exit.  Take a hard right back over I-5 to take terwilliger south towards Lewis and Clark.  Take a soft right onto Boones Ferry Road.  After a tight corner on Boones Ferry, take a right onto Stephenson Road.  Take your first left onto SW 12th Place, which ends in a cul de sac.  There is a path here that goes into the green space by the creek.  It is hard to see but there should be people and signs.

Paget Creek, a tributary to Tryon Creek, flows through the Meadowview HOA common area and has been overgrown with invasive Himalayan blackberries. The creek and local wildlife miss having native trees and shrubs for shelter, habitat, and erosion prevention. Come help recover the creek by planting trees and shrubs to heal its banks.  Gloves, tools and lunch will be provided. Please bring drinking water and wear weather and task-appropriate clothes. Sturdy shoes are required as we will be working on a steep and muddy bank. Boots might be appropriate.  Funded by OWEB.
12-3PM Tryon Life Community Farm: We will be meeting at the Riverdale School and a shuttle will take you to the Farm, which is a short distance.  Parking is very limited at the farm.  The TLC Farm is a very special community project at the convergence of forest, rural, and urban lands. The boundary of this organic community farm has been overwhelmed by invasive blackberries. These have been cut down and a combination of goat grazing and hand work to remove to remaining root crowns will prepare the area for a native medicinal plant garden.  Volunteers will help plant native plants in areas that are already prepared and pull blackberry crowns and ivy elsewhere.  Funded by WMSWCD.

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Registration Open for Urban Watershed Mentors Training

Interested in attending in depth trainings on conservation planning and implementing a restoration plan with your new knowledge?  Become an Urban Watershed Mentor!

After going through a series of trainings, mentors will be able to implement restoration projects either on their own properties or on publicly owned land.  Following the implementation of a restoration project the trained mentors will become part of a network of community volunteer leaders that can mentor new interested volunteers to facilitate the implementation of more restoration projects!  As the network grows more and more conservation work will be possible through this program.

The trainings will be held once-a-month for six consecutive Saturdays from January through June, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The exact schedule is as follows:

January 12, 2013, SW Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Avenue, Portland

February 9, 2013, SW Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Avenue, Portland

March 9, 2013, SW Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Avenue, Portland

April 13, 2013, Tryon Creek Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland

May 11, 2013, Tryon Creek Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland

June 8, 2013, Tryon Creek Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland

The cost of the training program is $30 at the door (of the first session) or $25 in advance. To register for the trainings, go to  For information on the program and to sign up on the Mentors email list serve please contact Mary Logalbo at [email protected].

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District mission: “Conserve and protect soil and water resources for people, wildlife and the environment.”

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Lamprey Presentation

The Pacific lamprey, a relatively little-known inhabitant of the Northwest’s rivers and streams, will be the subject of a free public talk co-sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council.

The event will take place Nov. 8 in the Kraft Room of the Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center (11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.), beginning at 6 p.m.

Jeffrey Jolley, supervisory fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak on “Pacific Lamprey Folklore and Fact: Conserving a Poorly-Understood Northwest Fish.” Jolley will review the fascinating natural history of this ancient fish and describe efforts to revive it; lamprey populations are in decline through much of their range.  Lamprey (often miscalled eels) once flourished in large numbers wherever salmon and steelhead were found, including Oregon’s coastal rivers as well as the Columbia Basin. Like salmon, they are anadromous, and also like salmon, they were very important to Pacific Northwest tribes.

Oregon Shores’ annual membership meeting will follow Jolley’s presentation. Only members can vote, but audience members attending the lamprey lecture are welcome to remain and learn more about the organization.

For more information, contact Corrina Chase, (541) 921-7394, [email protected]

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2012 Two Dollar Plant Sale

How it works:

1. Fill out the below form with your wish list of native plants by October 1, with a minimum order of 10.
2. We will invoice you for the plants that are available at $2/plant.
3. Once we receive your payment, due October 14th, we will order them whole-sale
4. Pick up your plants in the first week of January for planting.
They will be bare-root so will need to be planted within a week.

Discounts available if you live within Tryon Creek adjacent to a stream or for large (>100) orders.

Need help choosing a plant?  Try these resources:
Native Plant Finder
Portland Plant List

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Third annual Tryon Creek Watershed Wide Event!

Thanks to all that attended our third annual Tryon Creek Watershed Wide Event on April 29.  We planted over 500 trees and shrubs and cleared several truckloads of invasive species.  Six sites included Deer Creek, Arnold Creek, The Tryon Creek Community Life Farm, and public land near Englewood Drive.  This was sponsored by the Southwest Neighborhoods Inc, OWEB, Ash Creek Nursery (donated plants), Friends of Tryon Creek, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, and of course, the Tryon Creek Watershed Council.

Thanks to our volunteers and partners for helping us make such a big impact on our watershed!


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