Category: sustainable living

Protecting pollinators in your garden

Bees, butterflies and other bugs carry pollen from flower to flower so plants can produce seeds and fruits. This nearly invisible job gives us beautiful flowers, ensures healthy food crops and supports the plants that wildlife depend on. Without pollinators we would lose one of every three mouthfuls of our food and drink, including nutritious fruits and vegetables like apples, almonds and blueberries.

Two fun filled days of family activities at Metro properties Easter weekend

The annual candy egg hunt returns to Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park on April 19, 2014

Cherry TreesBring the family to Blue Lake Regional Park on Saturday, April 19, for a fun-filled candy egg hunt. Enjoy a hoppin’ good time with free face painting and coloring under covered shelters. The fun begins, rain or shine, at 10:30 a.m. with an egg hunt for children age 4 and under. Children ages 5-10 begin their egg hunt at 10:45 a.m.

End the slugfest in your garden

Banana SlugsWarming up, stretching out and making shiny tracks: slugs enjoy spring just as much as we do. And not all slugs are garden pests. Native banana slugs live in the woods and are detritivores—they eat fallen leaves and other decaying matter. Without them, who knows what our forests would look like?

Ten woody native plants every Oregonian should know

Native plants are "born and raised" in the local environment. In the right setting, they can thrive and attract pest-eating wildlife, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers.

Detox the garage

Spring cleaning is upon us and a great place to start is the garage or garden shed. Metro natural gardening expert Carl Grimm appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest today to help you detoxify your storage area of hazardous garden chemicals and more.

New permanent Paint Care program enhances recycling, MetroPaint

An experiment in recycling paint has turned into a long-term effort, and both Metro and Oregon are on the cutting edge of a nationwide trend.

MetroPaintThe Paint Care recycling program has expanded its reach, growing from 100 drop off sites to 140.

East Multnomah Bicycle Tourism initiative recognized for innovation and releases strategy plan

Smiling cyclistsThe growing interest in destination cycling has led to an award-winning approach to economic development in Gresham. The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, with $95,000 in Metro Regional Travel Options grant funds, has launched a two-year Bicycle Tourism Initiative to engage the region in collaboration to increase economic development and grow jobs through bicycle tourism.  Communities from East Multnomah County to Cascade Locks hope to see more visitors on bikes, and the dollars that come with them, in their lodging establishments and businesses.

Get the upper hand on garlic mustard

Garlic mustard sounds like something you’d plant in an herb garden, but it’s actually an invasive species that is smothering forests and harming native plants and wildlife habitats. Metro natural gardening expert Carl Grimm appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest today to share tips to help us keep this pesky plant out of our yards.

Let worms eat your food scraps

Are you looking for a fun way to turn your food scraps into gardener’s gold? Metro gardening expert Carl Grimm appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest today to show you how to set up a worm bin and use the compost as organic fertilizer. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4.

Our Big Backyard magazine gives you the inside scoop, inspires you to get outside

Check out Metro's new magazine, Our Big BackyardThis week Metro debuts Our Big Backyard, a quarterly magazine that will bring you up to speed on parks, trails and natural areas – and introduce you to important choices facing the region. In each edition, you’ll find feature stories, field guides, Q&As, event previews, a photography contest and more.