About East Columbia -- East Columbia is a very unique neighborhood due to its wetlands, open space and drainage ways combined with residential, industrial, and agricultural uses.



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NPTL auctions electric lawn mower

We will have a Silent Auction for a
Kobalt 40-Volt Max Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 20-in Deck Width Cordless Electric Push Lawn Mower with Mulching Capability
*Aerodynamic DoubleCut dual blade design delivers superior mulching, bagging and cutting
*Dual battery design with automatic battery switchover for extended runtime; one 2.0-amp-hour Quick Charge battery and one 4.0-amp-hour Long Run battery included
*Single handle cutting height adjustment with range of 1-3/8in; to 3-3/8in; for the perfect cut on all grass types
*2-in-1 feature offers mulching or rear bagging capabilities
*Weighing 42.5 lbs without batteries, this product is easy to maneuver around the yard
*Avoid the hassle and maintenance of gas
   * Part of the Kobalt 40-Volt Max team: 1 battery system compatible with 7 lawncare tools
*Initial no-load voltage, when fully charged, peaks at 40 volts; nominal voltage under typical load is 36 volts
 This item will be up for auction at the North Portland Tool Library till the closing on Saturday July 2, 2016


MCDD Partner in Wetland Restoration

MCDD, in partnership with the Friends of Columbia Children’s Arboretum, Friends of Blue Heron Wetlands, and Portland Parks and Recreation, was awarded $130,000! The money comes through a grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Natural Resource Damage Fund. 

The grant will pay for a five-year project to enhance two open areas in PEN 2. Over the five years, the project will restore 12.6-acres of habitat in the Columbia Children’s Arboretum as well as 3.5-acres surrounding the four wetland ponds that comprise the Blue Heron Wetlands. The current invasive plant cover will be removed and these acres will be replanted with native plants and shrubs in order to restore native vegetation communities, improve water quality and filtration, and improve the wildlife habitat and connectivity in the area. This project also helps PEN 2’s stormwater conveyance in those areas by clearing the invasive vegetation and opening up channels to increase flow. 

Many thanks to PEN 2 resident Maryhelen Kincaid for championing the project, bringing partners together, and making this work happen.

If you’re interested in helping, keep your eyes open over the next years for volunteer restoration opportunities.
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