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.



Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Turtles in our neighborhood

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Upcoming Events
JCA Board Meeting
May 5, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
1880 NE Elrod Dr. 

4MAT and PEN 1 Board Meetings
May 19, 2016
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
1880 NE Elrod Dr. 

PEN 2 Board Meeting
May 26, 2016
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
1880 NE Elrod Dr. 

SDIC Board and Landowner Meeting
June 2, 2016
3:00 - 5:00 pm
1880 NE Elrod Dr. 

Levee Ready Columbia
June 9, 2016
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location TBD

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Best Practices for Turtles

This month, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Conservation Biologist Susan Barnes visited MCDD headquarters to discuss ways the Districts can reduce their impact on native turtles. Due to habitat loss and displacement by invasive species, both the Western Painted Turtle and Western Pond Turtle are classified as “Sensitive – Critical” by the state of Oregon. The Western Pond Turtle is being considered for listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The levees and sloughs in the Districts are prime habitat so District operations may have a big impact on local populations. MCDD is committed to adopting as many of the Oregon Conservation Strategy’s Best Management Practices for Oregon’s native turtles as is practical.

Some practical ideas staff learned about through the discussion with Susan Barnes included modifying mowing schedules to accommodate for nesting season and the safe handling of both native and invasive turtles.  In the field, staff polished up on  turtle identification skills, spotted a river otter, and discovered a mallard duck nest full of eggs. In addition to being an informative day of training, we were reminded that, through some simple logistical changes, we have the opportunity to be even better stewards of the habitat in the area that we serve.
To learn more about Oregon’s native turtles and to find out how you can be a better turtle steward visit www.oregonturtles.com or search for the “Oregon Conservation Strategy Guidance for Conserving Oregon’s Native Turtles Including Best Management Practices”.

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