News and Events

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.  
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River designed to improve the access and quality of rearing and refuge habitat for juvenile Pacific salmonds. Applications for this round are due on October 18, 2019. See our habitat restoration project funding page for details. 
Crown Point over the Columbia River Gorge
Oct 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
Join us as we celebrate community and the many ways we care for the Columbia River.Your investment in Students Outdoor Science will inspire youth through wonder, connection to place, and stewardship.Beer • Wine • Dinner • DessertArt & Wine Showcase • Live Auction • Paddle RaiseFor all the details and to buy tickets, visit the event website.
Oct 26, 2019 - 9:00am
Join us for Make a Difference Day! We'll be planting trees to restore Fox Creek, a Columbia River tributary in Rainier. Volunteer plantings are great for all ages. We provide the tools, native plants, and snacks. You bring sturdy shoes, a full water bottle, and enthusiasm! Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.
Nov 2, 2019 - 9:00am
Join us for our 3rd year planting along Burnt Bridge Creek, an important urban tributary running through the heart of Vancouver.Volunteer plantings are great for all ages. We provide the tools, native plants, and snacks. You bring sturdy shoes, a full water bottle, and enthusiasm! Find out more and sign up to volunteer on Eventbrite.
Nov 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Be a part of this large, multi-year habitat restoration project! Steigerwald is the site of a 3-year construction effort that will restore nearly 1000 acres of habitat. You will help restore part of the refuge's forested floodplain.Volunteer plantings are great for all ages. We provide the tools, native plants, and snacks. You bring sturdy shoes, a full water bottle, and enthusiasm! Find out more and sign up to volunteer on Eventbrite.
Our most recent Science to Policy Summit took place on June 21, 2019, and covered reducing plastics and their impact on the Columbia River. We summarized key points discussed by our panel and attendees into an immersive storymap full of extra resources.View the storymap summary here.
 2019 continues to be a big year for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project. We finished project design, and Bonneville Power Administration recently awarded the remaining funds required to construct the project!
We've been fortunate to have the help from our seasonal staff over the summer. Field techs Sneha Roa (left) and Tiffany Thio (right) have been busy in the field collecting data for our monitoring program—plus a few other duties. On the day pictured, they were building an electric fence to keep cattle out of one of our monitoring plots near Ridgefield National Widlife Refuge. 
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.

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