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Cities, county events mark Earth Day

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - From left, Phil Clark, Jeff Lesh, Dick Shook and Steve Berliner prepare to put up a bird box at North Clackamas Park last year on Earth Day.The cities of Gladstone, Milwaukie and Oregon City will hold work parties on Saturday, April 20, as part of statewide Earth Day activities.

SOLVE, a nonprofit organization that brings together individuals, business groups and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore natural spaces, will host the work parties listed below.

Another event, a tour of the Three Creeks Natural Area, will take place on Sunday, April 21, as part of Bike Milwaukie. Those who wish to bike to the tour will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Milwaukie City Hall; those who wish to just take part in the tour may assemble near the North Clackamas Aquatic Park at 10:15 a.m. The aquatic park is located at 7300 S.E. Harmony Road in Clackamas. Features of the natural area include a stand of huge, historic oak trees and wildflowers in bloom, including camas lilies. For more information, visit facebook.com/BikeMilwaukie.

Earth Day work parties:

Gladstone

Gladstone’s centennial cleanup will celebrate the city’s 102nd year. Clean up litter, remove invasive vegetation and plant and mulch native trees at four sites.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gladstone City Hall, 525 Portland Ave., Gladstone. Meet at Gladstone City Hall, look for SOLVE signs.

Coordinator: Jerry Herrmann; call 503-260-3432

Registration questions: Call Morgan Parks, 503-844-9571, ext. 332, or 800-333-7658, ext. 332, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Milwaukie

Volunteers will clean up trash and remove invasive plants at multiple areas — all within a half-mile radius of downtown Milwaukie. Sites will include Kellogg Lake, throughout downtown and at the riverfront. The Milwaukie Presbyterian Church will host the before and after events. Before the event there will be a short orientation highlighting the city's sustainability efforts and the planned restoration around Kellogg Lake. After the cleanup, treats will be provided by such local businesses as Bob's Red Mill, Starbucks and Dave's Killer Bread.

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, 2416 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie

Safety issues: Steep slopes, water body, hazardous materials; minimum age is 12

Coordinator: Beth Ragel; call 503-786-7568, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oak Grove

Volunteers may join the second annual Earth Day Beautification at Oak Grove Elementary. Activities include tree planting, courtyard weeding/sprucing and a light litter pick-up. Pizza party to follow.

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Oak Grove Elementary, 2150 S.E. Torbank Road, Milwaukie

Coordinator: Chelsea Lamb; call 503-232-0007, ext. 400, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oregon City

Annual Earth Day activities include invasive plant removal, litter cleanup, native planting.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Clackamette Park, 1955 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City

Safety issues: traffic, steep slopes; minimum age is 12

Coordinator: Nancy Busch; call 503-496-1571, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oregon City

Volunteers will work on restoration of the Newell Creek Natural Area. Activities include weed pulling, debris and trash removal and drainage enhancement.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Newell Creek, 500 Hilda St., Oregon City. Project site is located just after Mt. View Cemetery entrance.

Safety issues: Slope is gradual, flat to steep, and hazards include overhead branches, insect bites and thorns; minimum age is 18.

Coordinator: Bonnie Shoffner, call 971-404-9184, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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