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Great article from the Oregon State University Extension, written by Linda R. McMahan.

Website with extensive info on regionally native plants

A short video (2 mins) discussing why we focus on native plants as a program

A handout by WMSWCD

A shortened, condensed list of more readily available native plants from the Portland Plant List (organized by light condition & canopy layer)

By partnering with local nurseries, we aim to improve the availability of locally native plants. Use our handy, interactive map to make smart nursery choices. Click on any nursery icon to learn more about its standards and practices.

A map showing the best places to stay in portland.

The comprehensive list of ALL plants native within 50 miles of Portland, published by the City of Portland

When shopping for native plants, you may notice variations on how plants are named. What do these variations mean and which ones are best for supporting wildlife? Here are a few tips for understanding name terms and how they show up on plant tags.

Photo Credit – Nikkie West

Handy tips for creating a robust habitat garden on a budget!

Naturescape for clean rivers and for wildlife habitat! Native plants are adapted to the climate and are naturally resistant to native pests and diseases. They require less water and need no chemical applications for them to thrive. Using native plants can reduce the amount of pollution in stormwater runoff to our waterways

Mertensia paniculata. Photo Credit – Nikkie West