Take Care of West Linn Day in the WOS
There will be a BBQ for the volunteers who work for a few hours on May 18th for Take Care of West Linn Day. Click here for a printable poster.
Come and plant some oak seedlings at the White Oak Savanna and have some cocoa and goodies in the morning and some delicious BBQ at noon.
Just print them out, fill them in, and bring them with you to the White Oak Savanna at 2000 Tannler Drive (just up the hill from Blankenship) along with a good pair of gloves and a shovel on May 18th at 9 AM. Or you can register the day of the event.
Don't forget to check out our Calendar page for more great upcoming events!
The Blue Camas are in Bloom!
The Blue Camas is a special plant for us in the White Oak Savanna. Its return signifies the progress that has been made in our restoration efforts. This year we have more than ever before. They only bloom for a short period of time in late April / early May so try to get to the Savanna soon to see them in all their glory.
Here are a few photos in case you didn't get a chance to see them at the Savanna.
Invasive Removal in the WOS
Here are a couple of aerial photos of the White Oak Savanna. The 2008 photo shows the Savanna before work had begun on removing the invasive species (primarily Himalayan Blackberry but also Wooly Mullein, and Wild Teasel).
The 2011 photo shows the Savanna after removal of the blackberry. Note how the large green patches of blackberry have been removed from the upper parts of the Savanna.
We will continue our work to remove invasive species and restore native species to the Savanna. The 2011 photo also shows an overlay where the now completed trail was to be placed.
So far, over 5,000 hours of community support have gone into the various projects.
White Oak Savanna T-shirts, caps, and cloth grocery bags are now available
We now have t-shirts, caps, and cloth grocery bags available for purchase. The t-shirts and caps are only $15 and the grocery bags are only $5. Why not buy some today and support the restoration and acquisition of the West Linn White Oak Savanna?
Click here to see a photo collage of these items.
You can contact us at info [at] nlwl.org to purchase.
And don't forget our line of White Oak Savanna jewelry also available for purchase.
Who We Are
Neighbors for a Livable West Linn (NLWL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in West Linn, Oregon.
We were founded in 2005 by local citizens. Our goal is to preserve a rare White Oak Savanna located at 2000 Tannler Drive in West Linn.
Click here for a bird's eye view of the park. We have made great strides in preserving the savanna by raising $1,000,000 to purchase over 14 acres of it, but we still have more to accomplish. There are an additional 5+ acres of this savanna still not protected from development.
Over one hundred years ago the Willamette Valley in Oregon was covered with White Oak Savanna. It is now estimated that less than 2% of the original White Oak Savanna remains in the Willamette Valley and only a fraction of that is in public hands and safe from development.
Our goal is to preserve this entire 20+ acre piece of White Oak Savanna in perpetuity as a natural park.
To help raise funds to preserve this last piece of the savanna we have developed a line of jewelry designed around a photo of an oak tree from the West Linn White Oak Savanna. We have worked with renowned jewelry designer Mike Warner of Wild Bryde Jewelry to design this line of earrings, pins and necklaces. Please go here to order some of this beautiful jewelry.
The White Oak Savanna is also now part of The Intertwine, a connected network of parks, trails and natural areas in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington region.
In addition to our efforts above, we also hold an annual fundraising auction. The proceeds of the auction are used to purchase computers for families with children in our local school district. We provide these computers free of charge to these families in the hope that having a computer in their home will enable their children to learn and prosper in our society. We have provided dozens of computers, monitors and printers to families in need.
We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about NLWL. And don't forget our annual auction -- anyone can attend and we guarantee a great time.
Thanks for visiting!