Welcome to Baltimore Woods!
WE NEED YOU. We’re a happy group, here at FoBW. We work well together, we get a lot done, and we do a lot of laughing. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of preserving another piece in the puzzle that is Baltimore Woods, and then getting it started on the road to restoration. Seeing wildflowers blooming in what was a parking lot, and baby white oaks planted that will be giant white oaks shading a whole ecosystem a couple of generations down the road. But in the last couple of years it just happens that several of the most active FoBW members have had family medical disasters and have needed to step back some. We’re still getting a lot done, but we need more people to pick up the slack!
We need to fill many volunteer jobs, but we’re focusing on a few at a time. The three people we’re looking for right now are:
* A work-party setup coordinator. About six times a year, work parties for Baltimore Woods are scheduled through SOLVE or other outside organizations. This person will do things like place the temporary outdoor signs, make sure the tools and gloves are ready, do the little orientation speech and safety talk (yes, there’s notes you can use), set up the table, canopy, and coffee—that kind of thing—or arrange for someone else to do these things.
* A volunteer follow-up coordinator. At each of our events, a few people sign up to volunteer with FoBW. We need someone who will get back with each of these people and chat them up. We have boilerplate emails to use for the purpose, and you can use an established script for a phone call. However you do it—get that person to a meeting, or get them to work on some project.
* A volunteer scheduler for events. We have about six events per year (other than work parties) that require volunteer participation, such as the FoBW plant sale or a farmers market table. This person will email or phone people who are already on our volunteering list and schedule them for shifts at whichever event is coming up.
If you are one of these three people, please talk to us! We also have a full list of other jobs that need doing. Speak up and email us here, or come to a general meeting. The meetings are every third Tuesday at 6:30pm at the BES water lab, 6543 N Burlington Ave, 97203.
Baltimore Woods is a 30 acre strip of woods and green space between the residential and industrial areas of the neighborhood between Cathedral Park and Pier Park. It is a green buffer of native Oregon white oak, maple trees and native plants. It provides a natural wildlife connectivity corridor, native oak habitat and watershed enhancement. While less than 2% of the original Willamette Valley oak woodland remains, Baltimore Woods has remnant native oak stands that provide unusually high value food and shelter for a variety of birds and mammals that feed on acorns in the winter and forage for insects among its many lichens and mosses.
Baltimore Woods is named for its gateway on North Baltimore Street in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Rich in local history, the woods is located at the heart of the original St. Johns land claim by the pioneer Loomis family in 1850, near the native American and pioneer cemeteries. It’s also the site where Lewis and Clark traveled and camped in 1806.
Baltimore Woods fills a gap in the North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail that will run from Kelley Point Park in the north of Portland to the East Bank Esplanade in southeast Portland. It also will close a gap in the 40-mile Loop Trail that circles the Portland metro area.
Join us for our one-hour weekly work parties in the Baltimore Woods Meadow, every Thursday evening, from 7pm – 8pm.
Meet us at the FoBW toolbox. From Lombard, take N Catlin toward the river. Go downhill to the end of Catlin, pass through the gate, and bear right into the paved parking area. The meadow, and the toolbox, are where the pavement ends. Please wear long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes. Bring your own water. FoBW supplies gloves and all tools and equipment needed.