Spring Planting at Evergreen Park

On March 28th, we gathered at Evergreen Park with 30 volunteers to plant 200 Douglass Fir trees. After making quick work of the trees, planting them all within the first half of the project, we moved on to remove a large patch of blackberry in the back of the woods. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out and made a difference in the woods this weekend, with a special shout out to the Evergreen Middle School students!

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The trees we planted will help transform the woods into a safe, fun, and health promoting environment for the surrounding community to enjoy. Providing this space for families and individuals will hopefully bring people back into nature and combat Nature-Deficit Disorder, a theory created by Richard Louv that postulates that spending too little time outdoors can lead to various mental health issues, especially in children. Taking a mindful walk through the woods is a great way to de-stress, clear your mind, and explore the natural world around you.

Interested in joining the efforts to revive the woods? Join us at our next on April 18th for SOLVE IT Earth Day! Email us at info@resourcesforhealth.org for questions or to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Evergreen Park Update

Last Saturday, we had amazing group of volunteers in the woods of Evergreen Park! We mainly focused our efforts in an area that was thickly overgrown with the invasive blackberry. In just the first hour and a half of the event we had cleared the thicket, and we used the remaining hour to re-vegetate the cleared area with native trees and shrubs such as Oregon Grape and Alder.

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A special thanks to the City of Hillsboro, SOLVE, Daisy Troop 40161 and all of the fantastic volunteers that joined us out in the woods on this beautiful Saturday morning!

Interested in joining the fun? Join us for our next events on March 28th and April 18th (Solve It Earth Day)! Hope to see you there!

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Nestlé’s Next Big Move

Read this update from the Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge coalition on Nestlé latest attempt to bottle the water of Oxbow Springs, and take action to keep Nestlé out of Oregon!

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Bark Hike April 2012 Concerned citizens at a Bark hike to Oxbow Springs and Herman Creek. What will Governor Kitzhaber’s legacy be?

You might have noticed that Nestlé is in the news again in Oregon. They are proposing a new scheme to gain access to the coveted Oxbow Spring water in the Columbia River Gorge. Because of Nestlé meddling our own Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, with support from Governor Kitzhaber, is considering a new transfer of its water right to support a Nestlé water-bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge–a slap in the face to the over 65,000 Oregonians who have been waiting for a promised public interest review of the currently proposed water “exchange.”

Thankfully there is something we can all do about this:

  1. Click here to act now and send Governor Kitzhaber and Interim ODFW Director Curt Melcher your objections;
  2. Call the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Director’s Office at

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Caring for Health at Evergreen Park

Our December event at Evergreen Park was a huge success! With a mixture of faces  familiar and new, this efficient group of volunteers removed much of the blackberry dominating the entrance to the wooded trail system.

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The efforts of these volunteers will not only directly impact the woods by creating a more diverse habitat, but it will also greatly effect on the surrounding community by contributing to the upkeep of a safe environment for nature exploration and non-competitive physical activity.

We would like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help with these efforts in the woods, and Whole Foods Market Tanasbourne for providing healthy refreshments at this event!
Interested in joining the fun in the woods? Our next two events are scheduled for February 28th and March 28th. Email us at info@resourcesforhealth.org to get involved!



A Great Weekend at Evergreen Park!

November is off to a great start with two very successful events at Evergreen Park!

On Friday, we were joined by 18 efficient, hardworking volunteers from Intel. With their help, we cleared most of the invasive Armenian Blackberry from the entrance of the wooded trail system.

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The next day 20 community volunteers continued where we left off on Friday. At the end of the event, we had finished removing the blackberry from the front of the park, cleared all trails of debris, and repaired most of the trail borders.

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A big thank you to everyone who came out to the woods this weekend, as well as the many who have previously volunteered!  Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like you, the woods now provide not only a healthier habitat for the wildlife that live there, but also a tremendous resource for the community to make healthy choices.

You might already know that spending time in nature offers significant health benefits, but did you also know that the name for the health practice of “forest bathing” in Japan is Shinrin-yoku? Even here in the Portland Metro Area, more doctors are getting on board with prescribing outdoor physical activity to prevent illness and promote health!

Our next scheduled event at Evergreen Park is December 6th. If you would like to join us at this or any other of our upcoming events, please contact us at info@resourcesforhealth.org.

We hope to see you there!


Another Successful Event at Evergreen Park

This past Saturday, we were joined by age wide range of awesome volunteers for a morning of invasive blackberry removal in the tranquil woods of Evergreen Park, our Roots & Shoots youth service-learning group’s adopted park.

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We adopted the park in 2010, and since then, the impact we’ve made has been tremendous. And we couldn’t have done it without the help of our wonderful community volunteers! Thank you to anyone who has come out to help our efforts to make the woods a more enjoyable place of the community and wildlife.

Our next scheduled events at Evergreen Park are November 8th and December 6th. If you would like to join us at either of these events, please email info@resourcesforhealth.org.

We hope to see you there!

Volunteer at Evergreen Park this Fall!

Evergreen 23rd internetJoin our Roots & Shoots family service-learning group to build trails and remove invasive blackberry removal in the woods of Evergreen Park this fall! These projects are part of an ongoing effort since our group adopted the park in 2010 to replace destructive monoculture with native plants and make trails more inviting for the community to enjoy.

Enjoy nature while improving the environment and the community at one of our three community volunteer events this season:

Sat, October 11th, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Sat, November 8th, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Where: Venetian Dr & Decora Ln (Evergreen Park) (map)

What: Invasive removal, trail building, and fun outdoors!

Questions and RSVP: info@resourcesforhealth.org

We hope to see you there!