Native Plant Rescue Mission

For nearly a decade, SOLVE, and the local “Friends” group (FoBW) have worked together to develop a new parkland in St. Johns, a natural area called Baltimore Woods. As the city acquired land, lot-by-lot, SOLVE and FoBW cleared the land of trash and invasive weeds, and then planted native flowers, shrubs and trees. The goal is to return Baltimore Woods to its natural, oak savanna habitat. Every year, the stewards of Baltimore Woods revisit past planting site to assess progress, and identify problems. Sometimes they come across a site where invasive weed are encroaching again, even threatening to overtake to native plants there. The best option in such a case, is to call in a “rescue” work party. On Saturday, 4/22 (Earth Day), SOLVE and FoBW are leading a rescue party in Baltimore Woods. The site was first planted 3+ years ago, and the native plants there are now threatened by aggressive weeds, including invasive clematis and Himalayan blackberry. Our mission is to liberate the native plants from the invaders, remove blackberry roots so they won’t regrow, and suppress aggressive weeds by pulling, tramping and mulching. The work is physical but not too strenuous for volunteers 10-years-old and up. The terrain is hilly, and in some places steep, so boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Leather gloves and forearm protection will be provided for those who choose to take on the dreaded blackberry. Tools and guidance will be provided by Portland Parks and Recreation, refreshments and camaraderie, by the local Friend of Baltimore Woods. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Maintenance & Monitoring.

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  • When

    Saturday, 04/22/2017
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Where

    Gateway to Baltimore Woods
    N Baltimore Ave and Decatur Street.

  • Directions

    Enter the St. Johns Business District on Lombard Street. (From the east, follow detour signs.) At Baltimore Avenue, turn toward the Willamette River, and proceed four blocks. Watch for Work Party directional signs on your right at Decatur Street (a rutted, undeveloped road). Park there, and proceed on foot along Decatur Street 100 yards to the work site.

  • Meeting Spot

    The is limitted parking on Decatur Street. There is lots of free parking along Baltimre Avenue. (Remember to curb your wheels.) Meet at the erected canopies on Decatur Street.

  • Safety issues

    Steep Slopes, Uneven or Slippery Ground

  • Minimum age


  • If available please bring

  • Coordinator

    Mark Hill
    503-568-5059 x

  • Registration Questions

    Kaleen Boyle
    503-844-9571 x332
    or 800-333-7658 x332