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No Ivy Day

Natural Area Stewardship News

No Ivy Day 2019 is right around the corner! 
Saturday, October 26th

Join 1 of 14 events throughout the Portland metro area to remove ivy from parks and natural areas! Removing introduced species like English ivy helps increase the diversity and abundance of native plants, which creates more habitat for local wildlife. Join us in these restoration efforts at your local park or natural area from 9am-12pm, then share food and stories with other volunteers from around the city at a celebration from 12:00pm-1:30pm!

Celebration locations at:

Forest Park, Lower Macleay, 2960 NW Upshur Street, Portland, and
George Himes Park, SW Terwilliger Parkway and SW Nebraska Street, Portland

This is a fun opportunity to enjoy food together, share ivy removal stories, and connect with fellow volunteers.

Project sites include: Forest Park, Gateway Green, George Himes Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Indian Creek Natural Area, Johnson Lake, Marquam Nature Park, Marshall Park, Pier Park, Woods Memorial Park, Nadaka Nature Park, Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, Spring Park/Elk Rock Island, Tenny Creek Park

Can't make it to No Ivy Day? Check out our calendar for other stewardship events throughout the year!

See you soon!

Natural Area Stewardship
1120 SW Fifth Ave #1302 • Portland, OR

Portland Parks &

Commissioner Nick Fish • Director Adena Long



Portland Marathon on October 6

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Meeting 9/23 about cost of Clean Air


Portland, OR—The Cleaner Air Oregon Fiscal Advisory Committee for the Hazard Index rulemaking will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to obtain input from the committee on potential fiscal impacts associated with proposed rule updates to DEQ’s Cleaner Air Oregon program related to setting health standards for certain air toxics at existing facilities across Oregon.

DEQ will consider input from the committee related to potential cost impacts associated with proposed rules that would assign more protective health benchmarks, called Risk Action Levels, to certain toxic air contaminants that are expected to have developmental or other severe human health effects. DEQ will propose rules with the new Risk Action Levels to regulate existing sources that emit these chemicals, for approval by the Environmental Quality Commission. This rulemaking implements a process set out in Senate Bill 1541, passed by the Oregon Legislature in March 2018.

Public Participation

The committee meeting is open to the public through direct attendance, webinar, and a telephone conference line.

Cleaner Air Oregon Fiscal Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Portland Water Bureau Auditorium

664 N. Tillamook Street

Portland, OR 97227

Teleconference Call-in Number: 888-278-0296

Teleconference Participant ID: 8040259

Webinar:">, Meeting Number: 8882780296 Code: 8040259

The meeting is open to the public, but discussion will be between committee members only. Phone participants will be able to listen to the question-and-answer period.

Additional Information

The public will be able to submit formal comments on the proposed rules during the rulemaking public comment period later in 2019. DEQ and OHA will review public comments as part of the formal rulemaking process to propose final rules for decision by the Environmental Quality Commission.

For more information, visit:

Staff Contacts:

  • Sue MacMillan, (503) 229-6458
  • Keith Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or (503) 229-6531


Levee Ready Columbia at Oregon's Kitchen Table

Levee Ready Columbia - Values and Beliefs

If you live in, work in, or own a business in Multnomah County and the surrounding areas, now is the time to help shape important decisions that will affect our region!Along the Columbia River - from Smith and Bybee Lakes near Historic Vanport to the Portland Airport and to the Sandy River in Troutdale - a levee is protecting us from flooding.

Now a group of over 20 organizations that has been working on making sure the levee system meets federal requirements to prevent flooding, wants to hear from you. From June 3 to July 5th, go to Oregon’s Kitchen Table to let that group, Levee Ready Columbia, know your thoughts about the future of the Columbia River Levee. We will also be holding listening sessions in Spanish, Russian, Somali, Chinese, and Vietnamese during the month of June.  

The areas around the Columbia River Levee are home to neighborhoods, businesses, natural areas, major highways, trails, airports recreation, parks, and one of our region’s main sources of drinking water.  Share your values and hopes for this important part of our region. Your input will help Levee Ready Columbia work with the community to plan the future of the levees.

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Survey responses will be received until July 5, 2019 and compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table to ensure their anonymity.  We will share a summary of responses later this summer. So pull up a chair today at Oregon’s Kitchen Table – it will take you less than 10 minutes!  

We also encourage you to share this e-mail or the link widely with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the area.  In addition to English, the survey is available in Spanish and Russian.

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Contact Info:


Oregon's Kitchen Table
506 SW Mill St PO Box 751
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97201
United States

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