Your Share - February 2012
Want a native or edible garden?
Like many Oregonians, you probably want to use our (usually) temperate climate to lower your grocery bills and make your yard more attractive. But if you’re new to gardening, where do you start planning? Here are a few resources from EarthShare members:
- Native Plant Society of Oregon – introduction to native plant landscaping.
- Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides – library of careful research and ideas for caring for your outdoor spaces without harmful chemicals.
- National Wildlife Federation – if your goal is to have a great yard that’s ALSO friendly to wildlife, peruse NWF’s Backyard Habitat resources.
- Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Smarter Living” blog has bushels of garden tips and ideas.
Plan your spring and summer outdoor adventures!
EarthShare Oregon member charities offer ways to get out and enjoy the treasures that you help protect with your EarthShare donation. Don’t wait to sign up for these popular spring and summer hikes, weekend workshops, and other excursions:
- Friends of the Columbia Gorge – hikes and stewardship parties
- Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – weekend nature workshops and backpacking trips
- Oregon Natural Desert Association – volunteer trips to amazing Oregon locations
- Willamette Riverkeeper – River Discovery Paddle Trips
Coal terminals could affect Oregon communities’ quality of life
EarthShare Oregon groups (both local AND national) are working to bring attention to the harmful effects of coal shipping terminals that are threatening the quality of life in Oregon. One terminal is slated for St. Helens, another planned for Coos Bay.
Earthjustice is taking a lead role in opposing the Coos Bay coal export facility, which would also involve the largest dredging project in state history. Read more…
Columbia Riverkeeper and Friends of the Columbia Gorge are working to educate local citizens about the effects a coal export terminal could have in St. Helens and other Columbia River communities. Read more, and see video of a coal train and the pollution it creates…
Employee giving campaigns are going on this spring at: