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Portland Metro Area - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Beaverton

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) is a special service district that provides park and recreation services to the City of Beaverton and portions of eastern Washington County. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District manages 200+ parks spanning more than 2,000 acres, about half of which are natural areas. Among their parks is the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

The Tualatin Hills Nature Park contains 222 ecologically diverse acres here for your enjoyment. The Nature Park provides a unique habitat for many plants and animals. Explore the ponds, creeks, marshes, and forests on approximately 1.5 miles of paved trails and four miles of secondary trails.

The Nature Park Interpretive Center is the hub of the Natural Resources Department. This facility offers a variety of nature programs, special events, nature store, library, native plant garden, and exhibits. Special events include Earth Day, Bug Fest, Newt Day, two native plant sales and many volunteer restoration projects and opportunities. For more information about this park and facility please call 503-629-6350 or visit our web site at www.thprd.org.

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Nature Park Interpretive Center
15655 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97006
Tel: 503.645.6433
Web: www.thprd.org


Clackamas

Clackamas County has several native planting and restoration projects. They are very committed to using natives on county land.

Key staff include:
Tom Ortman (coordinator of native plant projects in county parks and on forest land)
Clackamas County
150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
T:503.742.4425
tomort@co.clackamas.or.us

Karen Streeter (biologist, works on restoration projects)
Clackamas County, Water Environmental Services
150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City OR 97045
T:503.353.4597


Gresham

The City of Gresham is involved in planting natives and invasive species removal. The Department of Environmental Services' Stormwater Division conducts regular volunteer-based native planting events which including some riparian area plantings. Gresham is currently restoring 12.5 miles of streams within the Johnson, Fairview, Kelly and Columbia Slough watersheds. Gresham hosts annual Naturescaping workshops for residents of Gresham, Fairview and Wood Village. Visit: www.ci.gresham.or.us/departments/des/stormwater/index.htm

Key staff include:
Keri Handaly
Stormwater Analyst
Department of Environmental Services
Stormwater Division
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
keri.handaly@ci.gresham.or.us
T:503.618-2657


Lake Oswego

The Parks & Recreation Department manages 108 acres of developed park property, 116 acres of undeveloped and passive park lands, and 154 acres of natural parks and open space. Native plant projects include the Springbrook Creek Restoration Project at the intersection of Boones Ferry Road and Kruse Way. Visit: www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/

Key staff include:
Natalie Strom
Natural Resources Coordinator
Planning Department
380 A Avenue PO Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
T:503.697.6575


Portland

Portland has several departments including Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services that are involved with native plants. Portland also hosts the 9-acre Leach Botanical Garden (operated by Portland Parks and Recreation) which has a large number of Pacific Northwest native plants. The gardens are located in SE Portland at 6704 SE 122nd. See also: www.leachgarden.org

Other places to view native plants in Portland include parts of Powell Butte Natural Area, Forest Park, Mt. Tabor Park, Washington Park and Oaks Bottom. Note, however, that many of these sites have been disturbed and contain English Ivy, blackberry, English Hawthorne and other invasive plant species.

Portland Parks and Recreation's Horticultural Division propagates and grows natives from seed, cuttings and divisions, and gives these to local public agencies for restoration projects, park improvements, and community development programs. The Horticultural Division works in conjuction with the Bureau of Environmental Services to design, install, and maintain native plant landscapes. The Horticulture Department, either separately or with other city departments, is working on the following projects, amongst others: Powell Butte Natural Area, Forest Park, Springwater Corridor, Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Portland International Raceway.

For more information on native plants in Portland see:
www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=48240

Key Staff include:
Louise Shorr, Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator
5701 SE 86th Avenue
Portland, OR 97266
T: 503.823.6131
F: 503.823.1668
lshorr@ci.portland.or.us

Heather McKillip, Horticulturist
6437 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206
T:503.823.1636

Denise Dickens, Botanic Specialist
6437 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206
T:503.823.1636

Mart Hughes, Natural Resource Ecologist
Portland Parks and Recreation
1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204
T:503.823.1694

Mark Wilson, Natural Resource Ecologist
Portland Parks and Recreation
1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204
T:503.823.1694


The Bureau of Environmental Services works to reduce wastewater, storm-water, and watershed pollution. To this end, they operate wastewater, storm-water run-off and sewage treatment sites that incorporate native plants.

Direct inquiries to:
Tom Liptan, Landscape Architect.
Tom Identifies companies or agencies preparing to do major land development projects and works with those entities to develop innovative ways to deal with stormwater run-off. He is also involved in "eco-roofs" and "green" stormwater management for the city - also referred to as beneficial landscaping.
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
T:503.823.7267
toml@bes.ci.portland.or.us

The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services also runs a Planting for Clean Rivers Program, which offers financial incentives for purchasing and planting yard trees. This program runs annually, September through April. Information available at www.portlandonline.com/bes/treebate.

State of Oregon

Tryon Creek State Park
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
Tel: 503-636-9886
Web:www.oregonstateparks.org/park_144.php
Douglas fir, big leaf and vine maple, and Oregon ash are all a part of the forest of Tryon Creek. The forest floorm hosts green salal, Oregon grape, trillium, Solomon's seal, and wild ginger. The 635-acre park has bike and hike trails, equestrian trails and a nature center.

Non-Profit Assistance in Portland Metro

Audubon Society of Portland
Has a Native Plant Sale each spring, classes and field trips for adults and children on a variety of bird and natural history topics, traveling programs, special events, and a vibrant volunteer program.
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland OR 97210
T:503.292.6855
www.audubonportland.org

Berry Botanical Garden
The Berry Botanical Garden (BBG) is no longer open to the public. However, they still run a plant conservation program, including a seed bank program. For more information, visit their website.
www.berrybot.org

Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97236
Tel: 503-761-9503
Web:www.leachgarden.org
Dedicated to the study of botany and horticulture of the Pacific Northwest region and to the conservation, promotion, and display of those plants, the nine-acre botanical garden features a labeled collection of more than 1,500 plant species, including Pacific Northwest natives and ferns.

Ivy Removal Project
Headquartered in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon, the Ivy Removal Project is currently a partnership between Portland Parks and Recreation and Friends of Forest Park with an emphasis on youth development and community volunteer involvement. Also known as the No Ivy League, the project conducts removal, restoration, and education projects in the Park, as well as provides technical assistance, manages research, communication networks, and other activities linking no ivy interests worldwide.
Sandra Diedrich, Principal contact
Field Location (not a mailing address):
2960 Northwest Upshur
Portland, Oregon 97210
T:503.823.3681
www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=47820

Friends of Trees
An excellent group for hands on experience with planting various native plants, and a good way to met people interested in natives. Friends of Trees has neighborhood and natural area planting programs and the natural area program involves planting native plants at various disturbed sites around the Portland Metro area. See their website for the complete planting schedule and volunteer opportunities.
3117 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212
T:503.284.8733
www.friendsoftrees.org

Native Plant Society of Oregon
Has frequent field trips and events regarding native plants and occasional classes or workshops on naturescaping. Provides a quality, free access on-line bulletin. For a complete list of hikes, classes or related events visit their website and click on both Publications to find the Bulletin, and Events to learn more about local happenings.
P.O. Box 902
Eugene, OR 97440
Email:info@npsoregon.org
Web: www.npsoregon.org

Naturescaping for Clean Rivers
Developed by Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, this organization offers naturescaping workshops and information on the benefits of naturescaping.
Kathy Shearin, Program Manager, Naturescaping
5211 North Williams
Portland, OR 97217
Tel:503.222.SOIL (7645) Ext. 107
Web:www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=32142
Email:kathy.shearin@or.nacdnet.net

SOLV - Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism
SOLV is a non-profit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. SOLV conducts many native plant plantings each year (particularly in the winter and often in collaboration with other nonprofit or municipal groups) and is involved in restorating public lands, which may include removal of exotics and maintenance of native plant plantings.
SOLV also has grant money for small scale restoration projects.
5193 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite B
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Tel: 503.844.9571 / 800.333.SOLV (7658)
Web:www.solv.org

Academics in Portland Metro

The following individuals or entities regularly teach or are available to teach about native plants and naturescaping.

Margie Park
T:503.663.7545

Linda Robinson, Naturescaping for Clean Rivers Coordinator
2115 SE Morrison Street, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97214
T:503.797.1842
naturescaping@yahoo.com

Elaine Hutson, Master Gardener
Mt. Hood Community College Community Education Department. teaches a class twice a year on gardening in the Columbia Gorge called "The Gamut of Gardening".
26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
T:503.491.7428
www.mhcc.cc.or.us/programs/continuinged/main.htm

Kathleen Baughman, Landscape Architect
1405 NE Broadway, Suite #200
Portland, OR 97232-1404
T:503.288.9338
kholman@spiretech.com

Beth Stout
National Wildlife Federation, Backyard Habitat Program Coordinator
T:503.693.8596
stout@nwf.org

Note that Oregon State coordinates the Master Gardener program through OSU extension service. While Master Gardeners typically know little or nothing about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with at least some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information contact:
extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/
Master Gardeners
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

We also recommend inquiring at local community colleges, PSU and U. of Portland to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

Salem to Eugene - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Albany

The native plant projects within the city are primarily river-bank restorations. Examples of city restoration or naturescaping projects include Bryant Park along the Calapooia River, Periwinkle Creek and the upcoming Oak Creek wetland mitigation project. Visit: www.ci.albany.or.us

Key staff include:
Shaun Cooper, Park Development Coordinator
(oversees all park projects)
Parks and Recreation Department
333 Broadalbin SW
Albany, OR 97321
Tel:541.917-7774
Email:scooper@ci.albany.or.us

Cheryl Hummon, Water Resources Coordinator
(works with volunteer groups to do river-bank clean-ups and plantings)
Public Works Department
333 Broadalbin SW
Albany, OR 97321
T:541.917.7777


Corvallis

The Corvallis Parks Department operates over 1,700 acres of parkland. Their primary native plant projects focus on several restorations throughout the area, including Kendall Farms woodland restoration project, the Oak Savannah restoration at Bald Hill Park, and the River Front Park Project (in progress). Visit: www.ci.corvallis.or.us/pr/prhome.html

Key staff include:
Becky Merja, City Forester
Parks and Recreation
1310 SW Avery Park Drive
Corvallis, OR 97333
T:541.754.1723
becky.merja@ci.corvallis.or.us


Eugene

The Parks and Open Space Division operates over 2,400 acres of parkland in over 100 different sites. Many parks within the city have "native areas" though plants are predominantly non-native. The Eugene Parks and Open Space Division has many volunteer programs, restoration programs and seed collection programs. This year, the city has restored almost 60-70 acres of wetland. Examples of native vegetation in the city can be found at Spencers Butte and in Alton Baker Park by the Autzen foot-bridge. Visit: www.ci.eugene.or.us/pw/department/pwpos.htm

Key staff include
Chris Girard, Volunteer Coordinator
(runs volunteer programs to restore trail system and take out English ivy, but not involved in riparian restoration)
City of Eugene
Public Works, Parks & Open Space Division
1820 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402
T:541.682.4845
chris.j.girard@ci.eugene.or.us

Lorna Baldwin, Coordinator Stream Team Program
(involved in seed collections and plant salvages, runs educational programs on wetland and riparian areas and coordinates riparian, wetland, pond and stream restoration projects)
City of Eugene
Public Works, Parks & Open Space Division
1820 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402
T:541.682.4850
lorna.j.baldwin@ci.eugene.or.us

Trevor Taylor, Natural Resources Operations Coordinator
(involved in naturescaping efforts in city parks)
City of Eugene
Public Works, Parks & Open Space Division
1820 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402
T:541.682.4880
trevor.h.taylor@ci.eugene.or.us


Salem

The Parks Department operates 1,874 acres of park land. The City of Salem currently has two ongoing naturescaping projects and these are at Cannery Park and the 898-acre Minto-Brown Island Park (at 2100 Ferry SE). Information on the Cannery Park project can be found at www.open.org/~parks/ by clicking on September Park Lines then Press Releases, while information on the Minto-Brown project can be found at www.open.org/~parks/minto_brown.htm

The City of Salem's Natural Resources Division has information on native plants at: www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/PublicWorks/Administration/WaterResources/SalemNativePlants/Pages/default.aspx

Key staff include:
TJ Newman, Parks Planning Services Manager
City of Salem Parks Operations Division
555 Liberty Street SE/Room 300
Salem, Oregon 97301-3503
T:503.588.6261
tjnewman@open.org

In addition to the efforts of the City of Salem, Marion County also has projects involving native plants and naturescaping. These include a restoration project at Boneseal Park that restoration of upland prairie and oak savanna habitat.

Key staff include:
Orvil Rice, Parks Manager
T:503.365.3120

Susan Morre, Botanist
T:503.588.5304

Matt Thornbum, Environmental Engineer
T:503.588.5304


Springfield

Willamalane Parks and Recreation has stewardship for 670 acres of public parks and open space in the Springfield area. Dorris Ranch has 50 acres of remnant Oregon White Oak savanna and 100 acres of relatively undisturbed Willamette Valley riparian ecology at the confluence of the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River. Visit: www.willamalane.org

Key staff include:
John Kraft, Park Operations Manager
Willamalane Parks and Recreation
Park Services Division
225 Fifth Street
Springfield, Oregon, 97477
T:541.736.4111
Johnk@willamalane.org


Non-Profit Assistance in
Salem to Eugene

Eugene Tree Foundation
The Eugene Tree Foundation (EFT) promotes the planting of native and non-native street trees and is generally involved in promoting beneficial landscaping practices and improving livability in and around the City of Eugene. EFT is, in essence, a lead organization nationally in recognizing the value and benefit of using native trees as street trees. City of Eugene staff also desires a great deal of praise for their work in this regard and in generating a street tree policy inclusive of native trees and which will likely become a model for other cities.
For more information contact:
Jonathan Brandt, Executive Director
P.O. Box 12265, Eugene, OR 97440
T:541.431.4990
jonathan@journeytree.com
Web:www.eugenetreefoundation.org

Friends of Buford Park (and Mt. Pisgah)
Friends of Buford Park (FoBP) conducts various native plant plantings and invasive plant removal projects throughout Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah, a favorite hiking destination of Eugene-Springfield residents. FoBP has regular work parties and occasional informative outings that involve the varied habitats found at the park: floodplain, slough, wet prairie, upland prairie, oak savanna. Volunteering for a work party is a great way (and a free way) to learn more about the plants that grow there. FoBP operates a native plant propagation program, including seed and cutting collection, grow out at on-site nursery and eventual planting in the park. Their website has information on native plants (including a park plant list) and trails within the park.
Web:www.bufordpark.org

For more information contact:
Chris Orsinger, Executive Director
P.O. Box 5266
Eugene, OR 97405
T:541.344.8350
postmaster@bufordpark.org

Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Howard Buford Recreation Area
33735 Seavey Loop Rd., Eugene, OR 97405-9602
Tel: 541-741-4110
Web:mountpisgaharboretum.org
Seven miles of all-weather trails lead through the arboretum's 200 acres of diverse ecological habitats, bordering the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Unparalleled mixture of native and introduced growth. Plentiful native bird watching. Once a hunting ground for the Calapooia Native Americans. Annual arboretum events include October mushroom show and spring native plant sale.

Native Plant Society Oregon
Has frequent field trips and events regarding to native plants and occasional classes or workshops on naturescaping. Provides a quality, free access on-line bulletin. For a complete list of hikes, classes or related events visit their website and click on both Publications to find the Bulletin and Chapters to learn more about local happenings. Visit: www.npsoregon.org
Publications: Kalmiopsis, an annual journal; a monthly newsletter.

Northwest Habitat Institute
Promotes the conservation of native species and habitats in the Northwest.
P.O. Box 855
Corvallis, OR 97339
T:541.753.2199
www.nwhi.org

SOLV - Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism
SOLV is a non-profit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance livability in Oregon. SOLV conducts many native plant plantings each year (particularly in the winter and often in collaboration with other nonprofit or municipal groups) and is involved in restorating public lands, which may include removal of exotics and maintenance of native plant plantings.
SOLV also has grant money for small scale restoration projects. Visit: www.solv.org


Academics in Salem to Eugene

This section includes contact information for locally based individuals who are capable of teaching naturescaping classes or workshops. Contact information for educational institutions that provide professional degrees relating to naturescaping are also provided in this section, yet further below.

Greg Fitzpatrick
Occasionally teaches naturescaping classes at Linn Benton Community College. Check college catalogue for class listings. Mr. Fitzpatrick may be available on a contract bases to teach naturescaping or for consultation.
T:541.757.0833
www.linnbenton.edu

Jeff Lanza, Landscape Architect
Jeff may be available to give workshops or individualized training to landscape architects or designers.
Stangeland & Associates
285 Lawrence
Eugene, OR 97401
T:541.484.7367
F:541.338.8909

Dennis "Whitey" Lueck, Landscape Designer
Occasionally teaches naturescaping classes at Lane Community College. Check college catalogue for specific times. Mr. Lueck may be available on a contract bases to teach naturescaping or for consultation.
4000 East 30th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405
Tel:541.684.8716
Web:www.lanecc.edu

The following educational institutions provide professional degrees relating to naturescaping.

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
The University of Oregon offers Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degrees. A concentration in naturescaping is possible. Department faculty may be available to give naturescaping workshops to lay people or to professionals. Ann Bettman teaches native plant course. For more information contact:

Cynthia Gerling, Landscape Architecture Department Head
230 Lawrence Hall
5234 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5234
T:541.346.3634
cynthiag@darkwing.uoregon.edu
landarch.uoregon.edu

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a concentration in landscape design which may include an emphasis on naturescaping. For more information contact:

Ann Marie VanDerzanden
541.737.2503
Email:vanderza@bcc.orst.edu
Web:hort.oregonstate.edu

Note that Oregon State coordinates the Master Gardener program through OSU extension service. While Master Gardeners typically know little about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with at least some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information see: extension.oregonstate.edu/mg

We also recommend inquiring at local community colleges to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

Outside Willamette Valley - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Ashland

The Parks Department's Environmental Stewardship Program conducts restoration projects and has varied volunteer opportunities. They also give occasional classes on naturescaping and related subjects. Native plants may be seen at the North Mountain Park Natural Area. Visit: www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=426

Key staff include:
Linda Chesney, Stewardship Coordinator
(she runs restoration projects through the city's Nature Center)
Parks Department
340 S. Pioneer Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520
T:541.488.6605


Grants Pass

Grants Pass Parks Department operates approximately 80 acres of parkland, much of it developed and thus lacking native vegetation. Visit: www.ci.grants-pass.or.us/Index.aspx?page=146

Key staff include:
Tal Blankenship, Supervisor, Parks Division
City Parks
101 NW "A" Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Tel:541.471.6438
Email:tblankenship@ci.grants-pass.or.us


Medford

There are 2,254 acres of parkland in the City of Medford. There are native plantings throughout city parks including Donahue-Frohnmayer Park and a xerophytic display at Bear Creek Park. Visit: www.ci.medford.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=6

Key staff include:
Ken Marshall, Parks Superintendent
Parks Department
200 South Ivy Lausmann Annex, Room 140
Medford, OR 97501
T:541.774.2651
ken.marshall@ci.medford.or.us


Roseburg

The city's native plant projects are primarily wetland mitigations. Currently, the city is creating a 10-acre native wetland area in Sunshine Park. For more information contact:

Jim Dowd
Parks Department
900 SE Douglas
Roseburg, OR 97470
Tel:541.672.7701
Email:jdowd@ci.roseburg.or.us
Web:www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/


Non-Profits Outside Willamette Valley

Native Plant Society Oregon
Has frequent field trips and events regarding to native plants and occasional classes or workshops on naturescaping. Provides a quality, free access on-line bulletin. For a complete list of hikes, classes or related events visit their website and click on both Publications to find the Bulletin and Chapters to learn more about local happenings. Visit: www.npsoregon.org

Natural Areas Association
PO Box 1504, Bend, OR 97709
Tel: 541-317-0199
Email:naa@natareas.org
Web:www.naturalarea.org
Publications: Natural Areas Journal, quarterly.

Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA)
Provides restoration and public education related to the Rogue River, including naturescaping and ecological gardening to promote clean water. Visit: www.socwa.org/nature.html


Academics Outside Willamette Valley

Note that Oregon State coordinates the Master Gardener program through OSU extension service. While Master Gardeners typically know little or nothing about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with at least some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information see: extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/

We recommend inquiring at local community colleges to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

 
   
 
 
     
 

 

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