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April 25-May 1 is Native Plant Appreciation Week

Governor Gregoire has proclaimed April 25-May 1, 2010 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.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.wnps.org/npaw/

 

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