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(May 19, 2020) - To help Portlanders get outside while staying home, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is encouraging people to maintain a weed workout (not that kind).
Starting now, Environmental Services recommends people get out in their yards and identify and remove invasive plants: Bend, pull, dig, stretch. We can help with our Weed Workout video and additional tips:
You will accomplish several things at once: Stay home, get fresh air, get exercise, and keep your yard beautiful. You also will help prevent ivy, clematis, certain geraniums and other invasive plants from spreading far and wide and damaging the natural areas and rivers we love and rely on.
Don’t have a yard? See if you can safely help a neighbor. We’re all in this together and we’re all connected.
Why this is important: Some of the fastest growing plants in your yard are weeds -and some of those weeds are aggressive enough that they quickly spread and take over. These invasive plants, which originated elsewhere and tend to overrun our native flora,are a leading cause of damage to ecosystems and wildlife habitat as well as the City’s stormwater infrastructure.
“Invasive plants are a serious problem, removing them doesn’t have to be,” said Michael Jordan, Environmental Services’ Director. “Stay home, be outside, pull those weeds, and have fun knowing you are doing a great deal of good for your neighbors and for our environment.”
Follow along on our video or skip ahead for more tips and resources.
Environmental Services and our partners have additional resources for you so you can add variety to your workout and keep it going:
So stay home, get fit, and enjoy the benefits of your weed workout. Want to send us pictures of your own weed workout (not that kind)? Tag us on Twitter @BESPortland #weedworkout
The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Follow @BESPortland and www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.
Contact: Diane Dulken (503)457-7636 firstname.lastname@example.org