SNAC Event 1Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC)

The goal of the Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) is to enable SMILE to effectively address issues and opportunities involving natural amenities within and adjacent to our neighborhood.

Sellwood-Moreland has an abundance of natural resources and opportunities to enjoy nature.  Over the years several formal and informal ad-hoc SMILE committees have formed to preserve and enhance these amenities, including  Friends of Oaks Bottom, the Springwater Corridor Committee, the Golf Junction Park Committee, the Crystal Springs Collaborative, and the Tree Inventory Committee.  Interest has waxed and waned over time and some of the groups have become dormant.  SNAC strives to attract a dedicated group of neighborhood residents who pay attention to the topics that inspired these committees in the first place, and to address new issues and opportunities as they arise.


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March 18, 2018


The Sellwood Gap Project – A community-driven project to improve wildlife habitat along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

Oaks Bottom Overlook Project  – Meet your new pocket park and Backyard Habitat Demonstration Project!

Friends of Oaks Bottom – The Friends of Oaks Bottom is dedicated to the preservation of the largest remaining natural area in the Willamette River’s lower floodplain. They engage the surrounding communities and the city of Portland at large in conserving this unique natural area through education and volunteer work. Their goal is to connect people to the nature and wildlife encompassed by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Friends of Moreland Woods – The Friends of Moreland Woods is dedicated to protecting the wooded open space between Wilhelm’s funeral home and Llewellyn Elementary.  For more information and to get involved, visit

Sellwood Westmoreland Street Tree Project – Thanks to the hard work and generosity of two Sellwood residents, the Sellwood commerical district will be gaining 16 new street trees!  Neighbors Sue Schubert and Karla Rowe came up with the idea to offer free street trees to local businesses, including three years of water and maintenance, in 2016, and have spent the past two years contacting business and property owners, offering donated trees and maintenance to help beautify the commercial district and create shade and habitat during our hot, dry summers.  The project will wrap up in Fall, 2019.  If anyone is interested in hearing more about the project, continuing it further or expanding it to other areas, contact:  Sue Schubert  ( ) or Karla Rowe (

Friends of Westmoreland Park – Friends of Westmoreland Park is a newly-formed neighborhood group dedicated to helping maintain Westmoreland Park’s natural area.  Anyone interested in learning about and caring for the native plants in the park is invited to meet in the center of the play area on the last Tuesday of every month at 10am.  Stewardship parties run 10am-noon.  We supply all tools, just bring your friends, neighbors and gardening gloves if you have them!


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