Ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities

If you had a hammer

Now that Pete Seeger has left us, why not honor the folk singer and activist’s memory by wielding a hammer to help the environment?

Help salvage reusable lumber from a local “deconstruction site” at the March Denailing Party sponsored by The ReBuilding Center.

It takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at The ReBuilding Center, 3625 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland. Our United Villages, which operates the center, sells the used lumber for its other programs.

Wear closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.

Register in advance at or by calling 503-467-4985.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF SOLVE  - Clackamas High School students search for tiny bits of plastic at the fall 2013 Seaside Beach cleanup. Make the Lorax happy

Want to spend a Saturday morning at the beach and leave it cleaner than you found it?

SOLVE invites volunteers to join its annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, at 45 sites up and down the Oregon Coast from Astoria to Brookings. It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

This is the 30th anniversary of SOLVE’s first Oregon beach cleanup. At last year’s event, more than 4,000 volunteers picked up some 55,000 pounds of trash, including 63 tires.

Find a locale where you can help out, and register in advance, at Then spend the afternoon on the beach enjoying the fruits of your labor.

You won’t find any of Dr. Seuss’s Sneetches on these beaches, but the Lorax would be proud of you.

Go native

It’s a good time of year to plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers in your yard, and the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council may have what you need. It’s putting on its spring native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Scappoose High School.

Visit for more information, directions and a list of available plants.   

Plant trees in your neck of the woods

Friends of Trees could use some help at a variety of locales and dates the next few Saturdays:

  • North Portland, Saturday, March 15. Plant street trees in Concordia and Vernon neighborhoods. Meet at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6700 N.E. 29th Ave.
  • Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, Saturday, March 22. Meet at 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway in Cornelius. Plan on a 10- to 15-minute walk from the parking lot. Be part of an effort to plant 2 million trees in the Tualatin River Basin.
  • Northeast Portland, Saturday, March 22. Plant street trees in the Madison South and Rose City Park neighborhoods. Meet at The Lumberyard, 2700 N.E. 82nd Ave.
  • Or choose a different site at the same time, in Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully and Roseway neighborhoods. Meet at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 4927 N.E. 55th Ave.
  • Southeast Portland, Saturday, March 29. Meet at 5465 S.E. Circle Ave.
  • Fanno Creek in Durham, Saturday, March 29. Plant native trees and shrubs at Durham City Park. Meet at 17085 S.W. Arkenstone Drive.
  • All the Friends of Trees events take place from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and use a subject line of Down and Dirty. 

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