East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District provides funding to support conservation projects and conservation education in the District. EMSWCD awards funding annually to qualifying applicants through four programs: Partners in Conservation (PIC) grants,Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) grants,Strategic Conservation Investments (SCI) and theConservation Landowner Implementation Program (CLIP).
- For Organizations: Partners in Conservation (PIC) $5,000-$100,000 grants awarded annually to organizations, governments, and educational institutions working on projects that fit into one or more of the following categories: soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, environmental education, water quality, water conservation, watershed health or habitat restoration.
- Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Up to $1,500 awards made monthly to support conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation.
- Strategic Conservation Investments (SCI) Supports projects and partnerships that advance priority natural resource issues identified by the Board of Directors but do not lend themselves to the District’s competitive grants processes.
- For Private Landowners: Conservation Landowner Implementation Program (CLIP) For private land owners, CLIP provides 50% cost-share, up to $7500 per application, to assist with the costs of installing District-approved conservation practices. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.
Read more >> http://emswcd.org/grants-and-cost-share/apply/
“Here at Columbia Land Trust, what we do is simple: We conserve and care for the heart of the Northwest, the places that make ours an incredible region to live, work, raise a family, and grow old in. Wetlands and oak woodlands. Columbia River tributaries and Columbia River shores. Forests both wild and working. Natural areas in urban strongholds and wide-open spaces that anchor rural communities. These are the places that provide all of us who call the Northwest home with well-being and an unrivaled quality of life.”
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Backyard Habitat Program
Run in collaboration with the Audubon Society of Portland, the program encourages people to remove noxious weeds, plant with Willamette Valley native plants, and manage storm water, among other good gardening practices. Since 2009, some 2,000 people have signed up and 500 yards have become Certified Backyard Habitats. (Wow!) The program has a beautiful new website which will tells you everything you need to know.
Check it out here >> www.backyardhabitats.org
Oregon Metro: Backyard Habitat
“Cultivating habitat for birds, bees and butterflies brings beauty to your neighborhood – and natural pest control to your garden, whether planted in pots on a balcony or in beds around your yard.
Choosing a varied plantscape lessens pest and disease risk, and creates a year-round habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife that control pests. Flower variety, especially of native plants, provides nectar to beneficial bugs that pollinate plants, fight pests and feed birds.”