Restoration work using our $98,500 Metro Nature in Neighborhood (NIN) grant will begin in the next month in Marquam Nature Park.  The target area in Marquam is in the North Marquam Ravine in what is dubbed the “Sherwood to Shelter” effort.  Big changes will be seen in this area in 2016 and 2017 as a result of this generous grant, and FMNP will play a sizable role in carrying them out.

A healthy ecological system thrives with a diversity of plants and animals. Invasive plants and trees -English ivy, English holly, laurel and others- outcompete native plants and create a monoculture, thereby reducing diversity. Ongoing management is critical if we are to keep the spread of invasive plants in check.

There are two techniques available to restore habitat through invasive species removal: manual removal and spray treatment. Both these tools will be used to support this restoration effort. 
  • Manual Removal: Hand removal techniques will be utilized in areas with adequate volunteer access and along trails.
  • Selective Spray Treatment:  Starting in late summer invasive species in the most challenging terrain within the parks will be treated.  Treatments are timed to ensure greater effectiveness and avoid impacts to ground nesting birds. All work will be guided by PP&R’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy—a nationally recognized program utilizing best practices for invasive plant management.
For more details about this project see the West Willamette Partnership website HERE.
If you would like to become involved as a volunteer in this effort, or as a neighbor to the park would like to begin restoration of your own property, please contact FMNP.

FMNP is wrapping up its grant process for our community outreach.  It has been a pleasure talking to our neighbors surrounding Marquam Park about how they use the park, and also about how FMNP can help enhance the park itself. We are continuously focused on restoring habitat in three ways:  1) through work parties several times each month where we remove ivy from the ground and trees manually and plant new native plants.  2) through grant applications for larger scale removal of ivy through thoughtful and systematic herbicide treatment (see more in NIN article), and 3) through outreach to our community through surveys and education. 
As many of you know, there are no boundaries when it comes to ivy and other invasive plants like English holly and Robert’s geranium!!  They do not recognize park vs backyard.  Our goal in the FISH grant was to talk to our neighbors about how we can best consolidate our efforts in removing these invasive plants from the park as well as the backyards it borders. We are not expecting that all backyards should have only native plants, but we want to encourage neighbors to help us create and connect a healthy ecosystem regardless of property lines. 
The Backyard Habitat Certification Program can provide additional information on creating a healthy backyard.  This program, a partnership between Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland, will send a technician to your home to advise you in the process. Friends of Marquam members are also available to talk with you anytime about your concerns regarding invasive plants.  Please feel free to contact us!
Thank you to the Youth Conservation Corps summer crew for their great work in Marquam, which included repairing the slide on the Sunnyside Trail. They hauled tons of rock, wood and gravel to build a crib wall that will shore up the damaged area. Great work!
Get Involved
Work parties are from 9am until noon, the second Wednesday and last Saturday of each month. Check website for sign-up information, updates and weather cancellations. This map shows all of our meeting places and trailheads.

Sat, Aug 27 -  Meet at 9:00 at the Sherwood Drive trailhead.

Weds, Sept 14 - Meet at 9:00 at the Terwilliger Trailhead.

Sat, Sept 24 - Meet at the SW 12th and Gaines Trailhead.

Weds, Oct 12 - Meet at 9:00 at the Marquam Shelter.

Sat, Oct 29 - Citywide "No Ivy Day". Check our website at the beginning of October for meeting location.
Help Us Keep Marquam Park Safe

– SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, call the Park Rangers at 503-823-1637 (8:00am-9:30pm) or email: You could also call the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
– HOMELESS CAMPING IN THE PARK: go to: or call 503-823-4000 so that the city can document the location and other details.
– NON-EMERGENCY PROBLEMS WITH TRAILS OR GENERAL PARK CONCERNS such as trees down across trails, landslides, damaged structures, illegal dumping, graffiti, or parking, visit

For information about ways you could get involved in maintaining and enhancing the Park, please visit the Friends of Marquam Nature Park website at, write to us at or call FMNP at 971-599-FMNP.
Board Members

Roger Brown
Sonja Connor
Jo Grossmann
Robin Jensen
Litza Lovell
Bruce Murray
Jim Ruyle

Please make donations on our secure Paypal site or by snailmail (address below).

Friends of Marquam Nature Park is a 501c3 organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable under law. (IRS letter available upon request.) In addition, we are an Oregon Cultural Trust qualifying non-profit, allowing your gift, when followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, to be claimed as a tax credit.

Friends of Marquam Nature Park is a non-profit corporation that works in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation and others to conserve, maintain and enhance the historical, natural, and recreational resources of Marquam Nature Park, and to educate the public about the Park’s unique natural and cultural history.
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