For information about the Adopt-A-Road program, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or e-mail us.

What is Adopt-A-Road? 

Adopt-A-Road is a public service, volunteer program that provides an opportunity for community groups, families, churches, service organizations, schools, businesses and other groups to pick up litter along County roadsides or to maintain landscaped areas in County road medians.


Volunteers are scheduled to pick up litter or perform landscaping along the following roads:

  • Scholls Ferry Road, 130th Avenue to Teal Boulevard - litter clean-up by Souhridge High School NHS, on 1/11
  • Roy Rogers Road, Scholls Sherwood Road to Beef Bend Road - litter clean-up by Realtor Lyndon Hansen, on 1/25
  • Gales Creek Road, Thatcher Road to 1 mile west - litter clean-up by Forest Grove Rotary, on 2/1
  • Thatcher Road, Gales Creek Road to 1 mile north - litter clean-up by Forest Grove Rotary, on 2/1



adopt a road crewHow does the litter pickup program work?

Participating groups agree to:

  • Adopt a stretch of county road for at least two years.
  • Pick up litter at least twice a year.
  • Use safety vests and traffic safety signs during each cleanup.
  • Have a representative sign an agreement on behalf of the entire group.

Washington County:

  • Helps to select a road and evaluate it for safety.
  • Lends participating groups safety vests and traffic safety signs.
  • Provides plastic trash bags and safety training materials.
  • Picks up filled trash bags and removes any large, heavy or hazardous materials.
  • Erects two signs at the adopted road site recognizing the group for its efforts.

How does the landscape maintenance program work?

Each location is unique and each volunteer group's commitment is different depending on the adopted location. Contact us to learn more.

Safety - the #1 concern

  • The safety of those who participate in the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Landscape programs are our first concern, and must be the group's as well.
  • Please review the "Adopt-A-Road Safety Guide" and "Safety Checklist"- they contain important safety rules and tips.
  • The group representative must review safety rules with participants before each cleanup.

Additional details

  • Road segments must be at least one mile long.
  • All participants must sign a "Release of Liability" form before participating in a cleanup.
  • For participants between the ages of 12 and 17, an "Authorization to Participate/Release of Liability--Minors" form (signed by the parent or guardian) and adult supervision is required. No one under 12 years of age is allowed to participate or to be on site during a cleanup.
  • The group will need to schedule outings in advance with County staff; work may not be allowed near holidays or when roadwork is scheduled.
  • The group will need to pick up their safety equipment and return it to our Walnut Street Center in Hillsboro (1400 SW Walnut St.; see site map) each time they do a road cleanup.