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Annual Celebration postponed to Oct 13

Dear Friends of Johnson Creek Watershed Council, As you’ve probably guessed, we will not be holding our 25th Anniversary Celebration in late May, our usual time for the Annual Celebration.  Our new date is Tuesday, October 13, again at Kaul Auditorium at Reed College.  We’ll touch base with you in mid-summer to to confirm that […]

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T-Shirt Art Contest

T-Shirt Art Contest For Johnson Creek’s 13th Annual Creek Clean-Up Deadline: Sunday July 26th at 12:00am – midnight WHAT: In August every year, community volunteers remove around 5 tons of garbage from Johnson Creek! Volunteers sport matching t-shirts designed by a community artist! We want to use YOUR art on the t-shirts! The winning art piece […]

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What’s That Weed?

Invasive: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) Characteristics:  Lemon balm is a fast-spreading, perennial member of the mint family. Like many mints, this one has hairy, square stems and a strong scent to its leaves; the twist here is that the aroma is unmistakably lemon!  Lemon balm reaches 45-75 cm (18-30”) in height; its ovate, toothed leaves […]

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Engaging the Portland Chinese Community: A Rain Garden Workshop

The following article is shared from Jeffrey Lee’s “Engaging the Portland Chinese Community: A Rain Garden Workshop” Project Report. The Bilingual Nature program focuses on creating public events for communities on a relevant environmental topic in their native language with youth from the communities leading all planning, implementation and follow up communications. Theresa Huang, Speak […]

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What’s That Weed?

Subject: Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) Description: Purple deadnettle–and its look-alike relative, henbit (L. amplexicaule)–are short (usually less than 1′, or 30 cm), annual members of the mint family. Why “dead nettle?” The “dead” means the hairs don’t sting. The leaves are triangular to heart-shaped, fuzzy, toothed (fine and pointed on deadnettle, coarse and rounded on […]

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