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Volunteer to clear invasive species and restore habitat for native salmon

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is looking for your help in improving salmon habitat in the Salmon River and upper Sandy.

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, volunteers will meet at Wildwood Recreation Site, 65670 Highway 26 in Welches, for two to three hours of work along the river.

Invasive plant species cause environmental degradation along rivers, including the Salmon River in the upper Sandy Watershed. Volunteers will work to restore native vegetation by removing Policeman's Helmet, an annual flowering invasive species. This work includes hand-pulling the plants alongside channels and in wetland areas adjacent to the Salmon River. Work gloves and instructions will be provided. Bring boots to prevent wet feet and your own water and lunch for the day. Parking will be free for volunteers

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Corinne Handelman at 503-564-8391 or corinne@sandyriver.org

Volunteer your kindness with Mt. Hood Hospice

Mt. Hood Hospice will hold training for new volunteers beginning in September. 

If you are an emotionally mature, caring and reliable person with a desire to be of service to others in a sensitive and supportive environment, hospice volunteering might be for you. Mt. Hood Hospice is offering a free 21-hour training program covering all aspects of hospice care with an emphasis on the role of the volunteer.

Classes are from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings Sept. 21-Oct. 12 at the Mt. Hood Hospice office in Sandy, 39641 Scenic St.

For more information or to register, contact Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545 or e.cartoun@mthoodhospice.org.

Clackamas County hosts all-day event for beginning farmers

OSU Extension, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Community College are hosting the fourth-annual Small Farm School, an all-day event for beginning farmers and small-acreage landowners in the North Willamette Valley.

The event is being held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Registration is open through Sept. 1 or until full. The cost is $75 for adults and $50 for youth ages 13-18 with an adult.

Workshop topics include sheep, blueberry, cut flower and vegetable production, horse health, on-farm veterinary care, new farmer business and marketing, tractor safety and operation, small engine repair, managing woodlots, farming with native beneficial insects, beekeeping, pasture care, composting and soil.

Class offerings and online registration are available at smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-farm-school.