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Leach Botanical Garden’s “Back 5;” a Hidden Gem’s Hidden Gem

Tucked back off SE Foster Road, where 122nd Avenue crosses Johnson Creek, is one of Portland’s lesser-known treasures: Leach Botanical Garden, named for John and Lilla Leach, who lived on the property beginning in the 1930s. They transformed “Sleepy Hollow,” as they called it then, from a pig farm to a showcase for plants, with […]

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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Characteristics:  Tree of Heaven—also called Chinese sumac or stinking sumac—is one of the great misnomers in the plant world.  It is a weedy, fast-growing deciduous tree that can reach 25-45 meters (80-150 feet) in height. Its bark is smooth and pale grey, with light-brown twigs.  The alternating leaves are […]

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Art Contest for Clean-Up T-Shirts!

WHAT: Each year, the Johnson Creek  Watershed Council organizes a Creek Clean-Up in August, removing about 5 tons of garbage! We make t-shirts for our volunteers to keep and wear during the event. We want YOUR art displayed across our volunteers t-shirts! The winning art piece will be worn by hundreds of our volunteers and it […]

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Are you our next Community Outreach Coordinator? We’re hiring!

Position:             Community Outreach Coordinator **UPDATED 7/12/19** Schedule:            32-40 hrs/wk (0.80-1.00 FTE), includes some evening & weekend time as needed to attend meetings and Council events. Compensation:  $18/hr; Benefits include employee health/dental/vision plan paid for by JCWC; employer 3% match to company 401(k) retirement plan; 10 paid federal holidays; 18 paid vacation days; Current […]

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Farewell for Now From Adrienne!

Hello all, I can’t believe the time has come to say farewell! Soon I will be leaving for a new adventure living and working in Washington State. I’d like to start by thanking everyone who has shown me kindness, and educated & empowered me in many ways while I have worked as the Community Outreach […]

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