Protect Yourself and Others When Cleaning Up Ash

photos of wildfire ashDO NOT use leaf blowers to clean up ash!

Cleaning up the ash from our homes, yards, businesses and streets will eventually help clean our air and our community, but it must be done safely. Smoke and ash can be harmful to your health and the health of those around you. The greatest risk is from fine particles that are not visible. 

When you determine it is safe to clean up, PROTECT YOURSELF and remember these three C’s: CONTROL – CONTAIN – CAPTURE

For more great information about safe cleanup of ash, click here to link to the Air Pollution Control District of Santa Barbara County website. 

And, click here for the Multnomah County web page on cleaning up wildfire ash. 

Free Trees for Portlanders!

Loading tree into car

Trees make a healthier and more livable city for all. But trees continue to come down in Portland due to old age and development. Help grow Portland’s tree cover by planting a tree in your yard!

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is giving away 1,200 trees for Portlanders to plant on private property.

How you can get trees:

Why Trees:
Trees provide essential services like cleaning the air we breathe, keeping us cool during the hot summer months, reducing crime, and improving our mental and physical health. Along with all that, they bring us year-round beauty and a sense of place.

2 trees per address
Trees must be planted inside Portland city limits
Trees may not be used to fulfill the requirements of a permit

For any questions email: or call 503-823-4963.

SW Capitol Highway Update: August 2020

Portland General Electric (PGE) is performing the most visible work on the SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village – West Portland project right now. Meanwhile, the city project team is finishing up engineering plans and has made a major decision about the construction contracting method.
PGE has been busy along SW Capitol Highway these past few weeks – an obvious fact for those who live, work or travel in the neighborhood. Almost half of the power poles along SW Capitol Highway need to be relocated to better fit with the city’s proposed sidewalks and bike lanes. After PGE is finished, CenturyLink will perform similar work on the east side of the road. Their poles are much smaller, and will be less disruptive to move. Still, expect lane closures during this work. Please obey the flaggers and detours and travel safely through the area.
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