Volunteer to maintain the NE Multnomah Pollinator Corridor


By Joshua Baker

Date: Wednesday, May 24th 2023, 2pm to 4pm

Event Description: Come help us green the Multnomah Street Planters! Learn about pollinator, native perennial plants, and local ecology. Get your hands dirty while you help beautify our neighborhood, protect pollinator species and habitat, and improve street safety. Along NE Multnomah St. from NE 2nd to NE 15 exist 34 large concrete planters, creating a protected pollinator corridor bikeway across the Lloyd. Lloyd EcoDistrict and volunteers from the community will gather to thin out some planters and replenish these public planters with a mix of native Willamette Valley perennials.

Pre-registration is required, sign up here. All planting supplies (including tools and gloves) will be provided, but please come wearing closed-toed shoes

Background: Lloyd’s main Pollinator Corridor was designed in 2016, with Lloyd EcoDistrict – in partnership with Go LloydCity Repair, and Portland Parks and Recreation in planning a multi-year implementation and expansion plan. While several US cities have begun to develop pollinator corridors, this was Portland’s first. By planting the corridor along the NE Multnomah bikeway, we established the country’s first official pollinator bikeway! The first round of planting occurred in 2017, with Lloyd EcoDistrict, City Repair, and volunteers from Wells Fargo installing large concrete planters and planting native and pollinator plants along NE Multnomah from NE 15th Avenue all the way down to NE 7th Avenue. In 2018, we completed the final stretch of the NE Multnomah corridor from NE 7th to NE 2nd. We also added some colorful annuals along the entire length of Multnomah. We’ve planted native perennials in the planters which, once established, require much less watering and maintenance than annual varieties. Along the corridor, you will find a variety of plants including kinnikinnick, milkweed, salal, and yarrow. Since the 2018 planting, we continue to host small work parties to maintain the planters, hold educational workshops and events, and admire the habitat they are creating straight through the Lloyd neighborhood.