Greetings, SW Portland neighbors! My name is Erik Horngren and I am the new WRC manager with SWNI. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to help with watershed restoration, education, and outreach in the place I call home. I was born and raised in SW Portland (right behind the A Boy hardware store off of Barbur Blvd), and have always enjoyed exploring the many beautiful natural areas right in our backyard. To know that I will now play a role in promoting healthy water and ecosystems in places like Tryon Creek, Marquam Nature Park, and Gabriel Park is a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started!
Prior to joining SWNI, I spent the past five years working at an organization called Columbia Springs in Vancouver, WA. In my time there, I helped with numerous ecological restoration and education projects including planting thousands of native plants to help with habitat restoration, removing invasive species, maintaining trails, leading school fieldtrips, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to assist with education, outreach, and restoration projects, and even helping with fish hatchery operations. I’m excited to bring this experience to SW Portland, and to continue to learn about all the ways we can work together to maintain healthy watersheds throughout our community.
SW Portland is so uniquely beautiful, and we are lucky to have so many amazing natural spaces right at our finger tips. I’m looking forward to getting to know and work with all of you to make our community a healthier and more sustainable place. Feel free to reach out to me any time with questions, comments, thoughts, or just to say hello!