Classes offered to better manage rural properties

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Area residents gather for a presentation at last year's Rural Living Field Day The West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil and Water Conservation districts will hold a Rural Living Field Day Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howell Territorial Park, located at 18342 NW Sauvie Island Road, on Sauvie Island.

Experts from a variety of public and private agencies will be on-hand during the field day to teach and answer questions about issues including invasive weeds, healthy woods, pollinators, stream restoration, wildlife, small farm management and more.

“We try to basically find classes of interest to rural land-owners that are practical and can actually provide information on land management that they can take back to their practice,” said Tyler Joki, resource conservationist with the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District. “It’s a great opportunity for rural landowners to get together with neighbors and learn together.”

Joki said the Rural Living Field Day has been an annual occurrence for the past five years. Joki added he worked to hold the event at Sauvie Island to draw more Columbia County residents than in previous years.

“This year, we pushed hard to have it at Sauvie Island Center. It ended up being a fantastic opportunity to see crops, wetlands, hay-lands and orchards. We’ll have a variety of classes at an easy location.”

Joki said the event usually attracts around 50 people, depending on the location.

Scott Gall, conservation technician with the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, said the event’s speakers will be providing demonstrations along with their instruction.

“The idea behind the event is that the speakers are hands-on in their topics,” he said. “You’re in for a topic and, whatever the topic is, there’s sort of a place to go to be in the middle of it.”

Cost for the event is $10 per person or $15 for a family. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided. Information, brochures and guides will be available free of charge. Registration for the event is required. Those interested can register by visiting the “events” page at and selecting Rural Living Field Day. Attendees will choose which classes they wish to attend during the day.

Each session will be led by local resource managers and professionals.

For more information, contact WMSWCD Rural Conservationist Scott Gall at 503-238-4775, Ext. 105.

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