HAPPY VALLEY, OR – Volunteers are invited to get muddy and go green by joining the Rock Creek Partnership (Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE) for the 4th annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event on March 14th. Community members are needed to plant native trees and shrubs, remove invasive vegetation, and spread mulch at three streamside sites to help improve water quality in the Rock Creek basin. No experience is necessary and families, friends, and neighbors are welcome!
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Festivities include live music by bluegrass band Wild Rose Trail and Portland musician Kelsey Mousley, a bevy of breakfast and lunch goodies, and raffle prizes! The staging site will once again be the Galaxy Barn at Pendarvis Farm – site of the renowned Pickathon Music Festival. The event will begin promptly at 9:00 am and everyone is asked to arrive by 8:45 am to get registered and assigned to a crew, as well as to enjoy hot coffee and breakfast treats. Lunch will be provided at 12:45 pm with the event wrapping up after 1:00 pm.
The Rock Creek Partnership works with landowners to revitalize streamside habitats by removing invasive species, such as blackberry and ivy, and re-planting the areas with native trees and shrubs. Restoring native plant communities grows a canopy over creeks, which filters drinking water, provides wildlife habitat, and increases property value. Stream flow from Rock Creek eventually enters into the Clackamas River, which provides drinking water to nearly 400,000 people and critical habitat for many sensitive species of fish and wildlife.
The Rock Creek Partnership was formed in 2011 and is a collaboration between the Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE and is supported with funding from Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas Service District No. 1.
TAKE THREE: We ROCK, AGAIN!!
Thank you to the 114 volunteers that helped make the Rock Creek Partnership’s third annual Watershed Wide Event an amazing success! The weather couldn’t have been better, we enjoyed tasty food and drink, gave away some fun raffle prizes — and we even had great music from the Wild Rose Trail Band to kick things off in style. We couldn’t do what we do without your help – thank you so much!
As a result of your hard work, more than 1,200 native trees and shrubs were planted along Rock Creek and several yards of mulch were spread to existing restoration planting sites. All of this will improve the quality of water that flows into the Clackamas River — an important water supply for more than 400,000 people — as well as create healthy habitat for native fish and wildlife.
Extra special thanks to Sherry & Scott Pendarvis for graciously hosting us at beautiful Pendarvis Farm and the Galaxy Barn.
Here are a couple pictures from the planting crews — feel free to check out more photos from the day HERE.
TaKE TWO: Another ROCKIN’ WATERSHED WIDE EVENT!
The amazing Sherry and ScottPendarvis graciously hosted the Rock Creek Partnership’s 2nd Annual Watershed Wide Event at the beautiful Pendarvis Farm and Galaxy Barn on March 16th, 2013. Over 70 volunteers joined Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE to plant more than 1000 native trees and shrubs and spread several yards of mulch at three nearby restoration sites along Rock Creek. Great music, tasty grub, and raffle prizes also hit the spot to help celebrate the critical ly important work volunteers accomplished to improve water quality and create healthy habitat for native fish and wildlife in Clackamas County’s Rock Creek basin.
Extra special thanks to Water Environment Services, New Seasons, Voodoo Doughnuts, Einstein Bagels, Peet’s Coffee, Grand Central Bakery, REI, Wild Rose Trail band, the National Charity League, and Sherry and Scott Pendarvis of Pendarvis Farm for their generous contributions that made this day possible.
Check out the Rock Creek Partnership Flickr photostream for more event photos.
And mark your calendars for next year’s Watershed Wide Event on Saturday, March 15th, 2014!
Inaugural Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event A Roaring Success!!!
Despite a month of wet weather and a high flowing creek, the Rock Creek Partnership’s first joint planting event came off without a hitch! Over 1500 native trees and shrubs were planted at three Clackamas County sites by over 70 volunteers.
The objective was simple, to help create a buffer of native vegetation alongside the creek in order to filter runoff from roads and nearby agricultural fields to clean and shade water in the creek, and to provide additional habitat resources for wildlife.
The event kickoff and festivities were staged out of the Galaxy Barn at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. Live music, a bevy of breakfast and lunch goodies, and raffle prizes fueled volunteers for a fun day. And County Commissioner Jamie Damon stopped by to congratulate and thank planters for their important work contributing to the county’s ongoing watershed restoration programs.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made the 2012 Rock Creek Watershed Wide event a huge success! Please join us for next year’s Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event on Saturday, March 16th, 2013.