Urban Conservation Program
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We can all participate in urban conservation:
Photo credit: Andrew Hailburton.
Our Growing Community
Washington County is one of the fastest-growing communities in Oregon. By 2040, the population of the county is estimated to increase by 50%, nearing 1 million residents . As our community grows, we are converting natural areas to roads, neighborhoods, and business parks. This urbanizationUrbanization The process of an area shifting from rural to urban land use. impacts the health of our waterways, our soil, and habitat for fish and wildlife. Fortunately, there are practical actions we can all take to conserve the health of our watershed.
We work closely with community groups and residents to identify natural resource challenges, provide technical support, and implement solutions that support a healthy watershed. We provide resources for everyone to participate in conservation, no matter what type of home you live in.
How we can help:
- Backyard conservation
Check out our tips for practicing backyard conservation at home. You can even get a Backyard Habitat Certification!Backyard Conservation
- Apartment conservation
Don’t have a yard? You can still take part in conserving natural resources! See our suggestions for apartment conservation - these simple steps can help create habitat even in small spaces such as patios and balconies.Apartment Conservation
- Improving waterways
We coordinate neighborhood-scale projects to improve the health of urban waterways.Neighborhood Stream Restoration
- Attend a workshop
We host workshops and tours to educate the public about habitat conservation practices, water quality, and water conservation.Find a Workshop
Financial support for urban conservation:
We offer financial resources to individuals and community groups for some conservation projects. Common projects include installing rain gardens, native plantings, rainwater management systems, and much more.