Fall marks return of Tideman Johnson work party

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The Friends of Tideman Johnson Park will begin the fall clean-up work party on Saturday, October 3rd, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join and help keep the park looking beautiful.  Work tools and refreshment are provided.  Volunteers must come prepared to work with vegetation, dirt and mulch, and possibly in wet weather conditions.

Tideman Johnson Park is a treasured natural area in southeast Portland. It’s a wildlife area that’s home to coyotes, beavers, dozens of varieties of birds and waterfowls (including the occasional bald eagles), and the site of a comprehensive plan to recover salmon and steelhead runs.

The park is frequented by neighbors as well as by walkers and cyclists passing through on the Springwater Corridor Trail. Recent work in the park has reconstructed the original creek bed, created new riparian habitat, restored the natural floodplain, and reestablished native plants.

Through a Community Watershed Stewardship grant, the Ardenwald Johnson Creek Neighborhood is continuing the ongoing restoration of Tideman Johnson Park.  Please join us!

Harrison St. railroad crossing closure

The SE Harrison St. railroad crossing between SE 32nd Ave. and Ore. 224 on the southwest  end of Ardenwald-Johnson Creek NDA, will be closed from Saturday, September 26th to Monday, September 28th.

Union Pacific Railroad will be reconstructing the crossing.

SE Harrison St. will be open for access to local businesses, but motor, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will not be allowed to cross the tracks.

The SE Oak St. railroad crossing, which is a few blocks away, will be open.

TriMet buses will also be affected. Visit Trimet’s website  for service advisory.

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

Saturday September 26th, 2009, 9am – 1pm
Tideman Johnson Park, SE 37th & Tenino, (map it) – meet on the boardwalk

We are partnering with the Xerces Society to monitor aquatic macroinvertebrates — an important meausure of stream health in Johnson Creek. The data we collect will feed into larger efforts to monitor aquatic macroinvertebrates throughout the Johnson Creek Watershed. All volunteers will learn how to collect water samples and identify macroinvertebrate species and will receive copies of the Xerces Society field guides A Guide to Pacific Northwest Macroinvertebrate Monitoring & Identification and Freshwater Mussels of the Pacific Northwest. More information is in the attached flier (pdf)

Monthly light rail project meeting Sept. 21

img_max_trainThe City of Milwaukie  monthly Portland-Milwaukie light rail project meeting is on Monday, September 21, 2009, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Bridge City Church, 2816 SE Harrison St. in Milwaukie.

Part of September 21st’s agenda includes the structure height along the Milwaukie Alignment and noise, concerns raised from residents in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood.

Residents and the general public are encouraged to attend.

See the September 21, 2009 meeting agenda.

Macroinvertebrate monitoring September 26th

img_tjpark_workJoin the Friends of Tideman Johnson and the Xerces Society of a morning of aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling in Johnson Creek

What the heck are aquatic macroinvertebrates?” you might ask.  Insects! Specifically, insects that live in water.  Monitoring the variety and quantity of macroinvertebrates in the creek is an established method for measuring stream quality.

See brochure (PDF).