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Spring Update from the Marion SWCD

New Look, New Website,Same Folks
Our native plant sale is a fundraiser that supports the Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship.  Profits from the native plant sale help fund scholarships for two students from Marion County studying Natural Resources or Agriculture at an Oregon College or University. The scholarship was established in 2006 and is named after an outstanding friend, conservationist, and former Board Member, Stan Vistica.  The scholarship is administered through the
Office of Student Access and Completion 
An Invasive Species Update
from  our amazing specialist Jenny Meisel

I would like to put something out about Lesser Celandine so people know it’s invasive.  It’s blooming right now and I’ve seen it around town.


This beautiful invasive plant is very difficult to control.  Early identification and timely removal of lesser celandine is crucial to preventing its spread. Care should be taken not to move contaminated soil, and plant parts should all be disposed of in the landfill to prevent contamination of the yard debris and compost system. After working in an infested area, tools and footwear should thoroughly cleaned. Lesser celandine is extremely hard to control once established.

Lesser celandine grows vigorously and forms large, dense patches in gardens and on forest floors, displacing native and ornamental plants. It can easily out-compete spring-flowering plant communities and negatively impact local wildlife. This invader emerges well in advance of most native plants and spreads rapidly via underground tubers and bulblets. The prolific tubers may spread to new sites during flood events or be unearthed and scattered by humans and other animals. It grows in full shade to full sun and prefers moist to wet soils but can persist in a wide range of conditions.

Please look out for this invasive menace.  More Information Here.

Earth Day @ Salem Convention Center

April 18 @ 10:00 am

Salem Saturday Markets (downtown): 9am-3pm

Marion SWCD will have a booth on 3 dates this summer:

May 16-Native & Invasive Plants
June 20-Pollinators
July 18-Wildlife Wonder
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