Airports and seaports are doorways to the region, so the Port of Portland must be extra vigilant to unwanted species making their way to the state through our facilities. To achieve this, we work with partners like U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Portland State University, and we’re active members of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.
Out in the field, we’ve set up monitoring stations at our marine terminals to watch for zebra and Quagga mussels. At PDX, we monitor for Japanese knotweed, among other noxious species, and use a variety of tools to help reduce the spread of weeds.
We believe we all have a responsibility to protect native landscapes, which is why we joined with the Oregon Marine Board and Pacific States Marine Fisheries to purchase portable wash units for recreational boaters traveling into Oregon. Raising awareness of invasive species in our operating areas and among the general public will help protect our region from the ecological and economic threats these species pose.
This project was the winner of the 2008 American Association of Port Authorities award for Environmental Enhancement.
Marla Harrison, Marine Environmental Manager, 503.240.2033
Oregon Invasive Species Online Hotline