Want to enhance wildlife habitat in your backyard? Organize a group of neighbors to clean up the creek around the corner? Click on the links below for resources that can help you achieve these goals. Feel free to call the Watershed Resource Center at 503-823-2862 to seek guidance over the phone, or stop in to the office in Room 5 of the Multnomah Arts Center.
Education Programs and Workshops (free or low-cost)
List of grant opportunities open to local landowners and/or stewardship groups.
Gardening for Wildlife and Watershed Health
- Metro has a multitude of gardening resources:
- An overview of natural gardening, including pest management methods, alternatives to pesticides, information on where to buy, and other resources
- Composting, including construction plans for compost and worm bins
- Reducing waste around your home, and substituting non-toxic cleaning supplies.
- The OSU Master Gardener program provides gardening Q&A and support, in partnership with Metro and local SWCDs. The Multnomah County office is open Mon-Fri from 10-2 pm; call 503-445-4608 or stop by the office at 2701 NW Vaughn St., Suite 453, or see website for Clackmas and Washington County locations and times.
- Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation -- highlighting protection of sensitive insect species, especially pollinators.
- Pacific Northwest Native Wildlife Gardening
- Backyard Habitat Certification Program, a program of Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland.
Native Plant Nurseries and Online Native Plant Information
Native Plant Professionals
- Sign up for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, and a program technician will visit your yard to help identify any invasive plants present.
- Contact the WRC if you are looking for assistance in removing invasive plants from your property.
- Go to the Reports and Publications page for a list of local contractors who are well-versed in invasive plant removal.
- PlantNative.org maintains a list of landscape architects, designers and contractors who are versed in Naturescaping and native plants.
Native Plant Sales (Seasonal/Annual)
...a common question at the WRC. See Dogs for the Environment
or Canines for Clean Water
Obtain help from in restoring and stewarding your property.
Technical Permitting for Watershed Projects
WRC Tool Checkout
Information about tools available to SW Portland residents and organizations for watershed restoration projects.
Partnering Organizations and Related Programs