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Kellogg Creek Neighborhood Meeting

Are you concerned about flooding, pollution, wildlife or the natural area health of Kellogg Creek? We are too! The Wetlands Conservancy (owners of the Hearthwood and Minthorn Springs Preserves) and the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council are hosting a community meeting to discuss these issues in your neighborhood. We are focusing on the area of Kellogg Creek downstream of Webster and Roots Rd and upstream of Rusk Rd for this meeting.

WHERE: Clackamas United Church of Christ, 15303 SE Webster Road, Oak Grove, OR 97367

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Everyone is invited!  Share with your friends and neighbors in the watershed! We hope to see you there. For more information contact us at coordinator@ncuwc.org

Upcoming NCUWC and NCPRD Events

NCUWC and our partners at the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) are hosting four volunteer work days in January and February 2017. These events highlight our continued commitment to maintaining and improving the many beautiful natural areas in our watersheds that are stewarded by NCPRD. Join us for one or all of these great restoration events and help remove ivy and plant native plants to improve and protect our urban streams!


Spring Park Ivy Pull & Trail Work
Date/Time: 1/21/17, 9 a.m. – noon
Address: 1880 SE Sparrow Street, Milwaukie

3-Creeks Cleanup & Planting
Date/Time: 2/4/17, 9 a.m. – noon
Address: 7300 SE Harmony Rd., Milwaukie

Alma Myra Park Planting
Date/Time: 2/11/17, 9 a.m. – noon
Address: 7530 SE Thiessen Road, Milwaukie

Southern Lites Park Planting
Date/Time: 2/25/17, 9 a.m. – noon
Address: 12058 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley

Streamside Stewards Program Update

NCUWC has been hard at work this fall and winter doing site preparations, maintenance and outreach for the Streamside Stewards Program. Since July 2016 our restoration contractor, Mosaic Ecology LLC, has worked on 60 sites along Mt. Scott, Kellogg, Boardman, River Forest and Rinearson Creeks totaling 37.6 acres of invasive plant treatment and removal and native grass and riparian plant seeding. We are now preparing to plant 15,050 native trees and shrubs on 18 of these properties to improve habitat and water quality. 

Highlights for the program this year have been our partnerships with NCPRD and several neighboring Homeowners Associations at Southern Lites Park on Mt. Scott Creek. Through this partnership we have removed approximately 8.6 acres of Himalayan blackberry along Mt. Scott Creek. We have also partnered with Dig In, the City of Gladstone and Oak Lodge Sanitary District to work with private landowners and high school students to restore a section of Rinearson Creek below River Rd.

Thank you to Oak Lodge Water Services District, Water Environment Services, Metro, OWEB, and CSWCD for funding and supporting the Streamside Stewards Program.

NCUWC Awarded Grants from Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Patagonia

NCUWC is excited to announce two recent grant awards that have helped us start 2017 off on the right foot. First, NCUWC would like to extend a huge thank you to the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for their Watershed Council Partnership Support Grant award to NCUWC for 2017. The District's grant award supports NCUWC's general operating costs and organizational development. Plans for this grant in 2017 include the creation of our first watershed wide restoration action plan along with expanding and improving our education and outreach efforts to continue our work foster a community of watershed stewards! Second, we are excited to announce an award from Patagonia Portland for NCUWC's expanded efforts to Remove Kellogg Dam! We are excited to be contributing to this very important and long term effort to greatly improve fish passage and water quality for Kellogg Creek. Stay tuned as we announce upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for this vital effort to Remove Kellogg Dam.

Join the NCUWC Board!

NCUWC is your community watershed council! If you care about the health of our creeks and natural areas, we need you to join us! NCUWC is looking for community members to serve on our Board of Directors from throughout the watersheds. Board members ensure NCUWC focuses our efforts on the priorities of the community. Board members commit to attend our monthly Board meeting and serve on one of our active committees. Join us as we work to protect and restore our North Clackamas Creeks for wildlife and our communities! Contact Andrew to learn more at coordinator@ncuwc.org.

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