Join the Rock Creek Partnership on Saturday, March 15th in Happy Valley for its third annual Watershed Wide Event! We’ll be removing invasive vegetation, mulching, and planting native trees and shrubs at three streamside sites to help improve the water quality in the Rock Creek basin — and we’d love your help! No experience is necessary and we welcome families, neighbors, and friends!
This is a popular event and space is limited. Please save your space by filling out this online form: Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event 2014
There will be live music, a delicious variety 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 9:00am, so we ask for everyone to arrive by 8:45am to the staging site to get registered and assigned to a crew, as well as to enjoy hot coffee and breakfast treats. The event will wrap-up around 1:00pm.
Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River, which provides high quality drinking water to more than 300,000 people and provides critical habitat for many sensitive species of plants, fish and wildlife.
The Rock Creek Partnership works with landowners to revitalize streamside habitats by removing invasive species, such as blackberry and ivy, and replanting the areas with native vegetation. Restoring native plant communities grows a canopy over our creeks, which filters drinking water, provides wildlife habitat, and increases property value.
We hope to work with you — and don’t forget to pre-register!
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 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.