May Ecology Club: Pollinators and Invasive Species

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us at our May meeting for two presentations from our friends at the Walama Restoration Project!

Mt. Hood Pollinator Garden- Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes
Maya Goklany’s presentation will focus on how to create pollinator habitat at home and in public open spaces with an emphasis on plants native to the Willamette Valley and Western Cascades. Walama’s “Mt. Hood Pollinator Garden Project” utilizes habitat restoration methods that homeowners can adopt to replace lawns with eye catching sustainable landscapes that provide habitat for native pollinators. The presentation will briefly cover the following topics:
-How to prep your site. This topic will cover how to remove lawns and other nonnative plants without the use of chemicals
-How to develop a planting plan. This topic will cover flower colors and shapes that attract various pollinators, host plants, and will discuss other factors to consider when selecting species, such as plant height, bloom time, and life cycle 
-How to successfully propagate native plants. This topic will cover wild seed collection and processing (e.g. cold stratification and seed scarification), and will discuss planting times of native forbs and shrubs in the Northwest. 

Presenter Background:
Maya Goklany, M.S. is a Plant Ecologist and Stewardship Coordinator with the Walama Restoration Project, an environmental nonprofit based in Western Oregon. She has over 10 years of professional experience in the fields of botany and habitat restoration. In collaboration with the National Forest Service, Maya and her organization are currently working to establish the Mt. Hood Pollinator Garden using many of the techniques outlined in this workshop. She’s excited to share her passion for native plants with you.     

Invasive Species Management in the Crystal Clear Project Area
Kris Elsbree’s presentation will discuss chemical free approaches to large scale invasive species management in natural areas.  Walama has nearly 20 years of experience implementing pesticide and herbicide free restoration practices and has recently been awarded a National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program Grant to begin invasive species removal in the Barlow Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Kris will cover the progress of this project and community involvement.

Presenter Background:
Kris Elsbree, Walama Restoration Project’s Restoration Director, oversees contracting services provided by the 8-person restoration crew. He has over 10 years of experience implementing on-the-ground restoration activities. Prior to working with Walama, Kris worked to create and maintain George V. Vanderbilt Park in Greenville, New York and was President of the Lane Community College Learning Garden in Eugene, Oregon. Kris and the crew have successfully restored hundreds of acres of native habitat across the state of Oregon using chemical-free approaches. 

At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!

Call us at 503-331-0374 or email

Where: Bark office: 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym).
When: 6:30-8:30pm every second Wednesday.