Nadaka Urban Forestry Service Learning Project

This Spring 2013, Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Friends of Nadaka and the City of Gresham are collaborating with Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) to develop and implement a service learning project at Nadaka.

With funding from the City of Gesham and East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, the Nadaka Urban Forestry Service Learning Project is providing education and technical training for eight RAHS students in the process of developing a laminated root rot assessment, tree removal and planting plan to treat the root infection in Nadaka Nature Park.

Project development by Audubon Society of Portland led the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to contract with Wolftree Inc. to provide hands on natural history training and technical skills to RAHS students in forest ecology, forest pathology, management, community relations and problem solving.  Goals for the tree removal and planting prescription are (1) decrease the risk of future hazard trees, (2) reduce the spread of laminated root rot, and (3) enhance wildlife habitat.  Additional project support is being provided by RAHS staff, Friends of Nadaka, Oregon Department of Forestry and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

Click here for more information on laminated root rot at Nadaka

 

Celebrate Father’s Day at Nadaka

In honor of Father’s Day why not spend the morning at Nadaka on Saturday,          June 15th helping cleanup the park by removing invasives, clearing weeds from the future community garden and begin moving the boulders out along NE Glisan.  The Army Reservists will be there to do the boulder moving but there will be alot to do in the park.  Cleanup activities will begin at 9:00 am and end around 1:00 pm.  Come dressed for the weather and we will have work gloves, shovels, and other equipment needed for the cleanup.  Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.  For more information contact Lee at leewilkeseastna@hotmail.com or 503.998.1044.  Bring your Dad or any other special person.

Vote YES on Measure 26-152

Gresham and East Portland Friends and Neighbors

We hope you will join the Friends of Nadaka in voting for Measure 26-152, the regional natural areas levy, on your May Special Election ballot.  Find out how it specifically benefits our area.

Also in a guest commentary in Saturday’s Oregonian, Jim Labbe and Linda Robinson describe how Measure 26-152 will extend our regional conservation and restoration efforts, helping getting more people involved in the environmental learning and stewardship.

Earth Day Cleanup With SOLVE

On April 20, 2013 there was a cleanup at Nadaka with SOLVE.  There were 38 people who participated logging in 103 hours of volunteer time.  With a small grant from SOLVE the Friends of Nadaka were able to purchase 20 pair of work gloves, 4 large Sword Ferns and 3 Currants which were planted by the Girl Scouts.  Check out the gallery for more photographs from the event.

A big thank you to Jazzy Bagel for again furnishing their wonderful bagels and the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association for furnishing the porta potty.  The Center for Family Success donated apple juice and bananas for the event.

Nadaka Neighborhood Walking Map

Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) SEED program brings young leaders from rural areas of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to the United States for two-year technical training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  In MHCC’s SEED program students participate in a Natural Resources Technology program.

SEED program students are developing a neighborhood walking map surrounding Nadaka Nature Park.  The map will facilitate outreach to surrounding neighborhoods and particularly the new access to the Rockwood Neighborhood.  The map’s central feature will be Nadaka Nature Park and the planned improvements at the park, and will encompass at least a 1-mile walking distance, key transportation hubs, local businesses, and Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project partners.  The map will be in English and Spanish.