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Home > Native Plant Appreciation Week 2013

About Native Plant Appreciation Week

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 28-May 4, 2013 as Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington.

 

You and your organization are invited to participate in the celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week.

 

What is Native Plant Appreciation Week?

This week is a celebration of the amazing diversity of Washington’s over 3000 native plant species that inhabit deserts, rain forests, high alpine environments, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment. 

The Native Plant Appreciation Week inspires citizens through diverse activities and events to learn more about native plant species and their habitats and how to protect them. The public can participate in everything from talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to our natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects.

Native Plant Appreciation Week is an opportunity for governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations to highlight their work in protecting native plant species and restoring native plant habitats. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area. 

The public can also learn how our native plant ecosystems provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality.

Finally, it is an opportunity to convey the tremendous threat posed by invasive exotic pests – insects, plant diseases and invasive plant species. The public can see and learn how invasive species harm native plants and ecosystems. They can learn about work being done in both the public and private sector to combat that threat.

Native Plant Appreciation Week is primarily an opportunity to celebrate our native floral abundance, our amazing bio-diversity, and all the good work being done to protect and preserve it.

How can you and your organization participate?

Individuals and organizations can participate in activities consistent with their resources and goals. Commitments can range from highlighting your work on the this website to organizing events such as tours, public presentations or restoration projects. Cooperative activities between participants are also encouraged.

The Washington Native Plant Society provides a website highlighting events scheduled for the week and links to other participating organizations’ websites. You may find the site at www.wnps.org under “What’s New”. If your agency policy allows, you may want to link to that website besides posting your own activities.

The week’s activities are only limited by time and imagination.

What are some examples of kinds of activities that you might want to consider?

  • Educational programs and lectures
  • Field tours of native plant sites
  • Visits to natural areas
  • Volunteer opportunities for restoration projects or weed pulls
  • Teacher or other training programs
  • News releases or website information about your activities
  • Distribution of educational brochures
  • Joint activities with other participating groups

Who are some of the participating groups?
Last year we had the following groups participating.  We hope they and others will join us again this year.

Bellingham Parks & Recreation
Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS
Central Washington Chapter of WNPS
Columbia Basin Chapter of WNPS
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
Earth Corps
East Lake Washington Audubon Society
Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands
Friends of Puget Prairies
Green Seattle Partnership
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Koma Kulshan Chapter of WNPS

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Methow Conservancy
Mountaineers
Mountains to Sound Greenway
Northeast Chapter of WNPS
Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WNPS
Okanogan Chapter of WNPS
The Nature Conservancy

Rare Plant Care and Conservation
Salal Chapter of WNPS
South Sound Chapter of WNPS
Spokane Water Stewardship Program
Tacoma Nature Center
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Mueseum
United States Bureau of Land Management

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Forest Service
Village Books in Bellingham
Washington Association of Conservation Districts
Washington Invasive Species Council
Washington Native Plant Society
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Parks and Recreation Commission
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Wenatchee Valley Chapter of WNPS

And over 30 Nurseries participated by advertising Native Plant Appreciation Week and offering choice native plants for gardeners.

Who do I contact for information or to participate?
Contact:
Catherine Hovanic, Executive Director
Washington Native Plant Society
6310 NE 74 th St., Ste 215 E
Seattle, WA 98115
206-527-3210
wnps@wnps.org

How do I submit information?
You can submit information by e-mail, phone, or online directly to the Washington Native Plant Society office which has volunteered to track the information at the addresses above. We realize that events will be developed right up to the kick-off date. Please submit information as early as possible. Send to:  wnps@wnps.org or the Washington Native Plant Society office above.

Thank you for your consideration and involvement.

Washington Native Plant Society is the only organization in the state that focuses exclusively on the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats. Your contribution will help us be strong and effective advocates.