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Sep 28, 2019 - 10:00am
Join the Estuary Partnership, nonprofit Depave, Portland Public Schools, and the Sitton School PTA and community as we rip out a big swath of asphalt to improve their schoolyard. North Portland's Sitton Elementary School has a lot of outside space, but they don’t have a good place to teach their students about native plants, stormwater, and how it affects the nearby Willamette River. The project will remove approximately 3,000 square feet of asphalt and replace it with trees and native plants that infiltrate and filter stormwater, provide shade, and increase students’ access to and understanding of urban nature and green infrastructure. Sitton students will plant the native trees and shrubs later in the fall.  
Changes in climate are shifting our approach to conservation.In 2016, we adopted voluntary targets for recovery of native habitat to meet an overall goal of historical habitat diversity and protection of biodiversity. These targets are aggressive, but they address recovering historical habitat. Yet we know now that climate change is fundamentally altering ecosystem processes and species ranges. We know we must adapt our methods.