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Help clean up your community

With promises of nicer weather on the horizon, it's the time of year where many are eager to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Why not accomplish that goal while helping clean up your community at the same time?

A number of local organizations are holding Spring cleaning events in Columbia County.

Here are some coming up:

Nob Hill Nature Park party

What: Help remove invasive ivy at Nob Hill Nature Park in St. Helens. The semi-annual volunteer work party aims to remove English ivy, holly and blackberry weeds. Bring work gloves and hand tools.

Where: St. Helens Wastewater Plant, 451 Plymouth St.

When: Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Contact: Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, 503-397-7904


SMS Spring Clean-up

What: Help with yard work, weeding, planting, mulching and general grounds keeping. Anyone is invited. Bring your own garden gear.

Where: Scappoose Middle School, 52265 Columbia River Highway

When: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact: Mary Ernest, Whitney Scott or Jessica Sawyer at Scappoose Middle School, 503-543-7163


Earth Day Clean-up at the Scappoose Bay Marina

What: Help the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council pull invasive weeds and plant native trees and shrubs around the nature trail. Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided.

Where: 57420 Old Portland Road, Warren

When: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon

Contact: Watershed Council office, 503-397-7904


Wapato Weed Pull

What: Volunteers will be trained to use equipment to help remove invasive weeds.

Where: Sauvie Island Road, 0.61 miles from the fork at Reeder Road. Look for signs to park at Wapato Access Area.

When: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon

Contact: Coordinator Carolyn Lindberg, 503-238-4775, x101