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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Contact:
Jennifer Johnson, Thurston County Environmental Health, (360) 867-2577

Learn about fruiting native plants Aug. 4 and Aug. 8


Learn about berries that grow in the Pacific Northwest and their role in creating a healthy watershed at two free events offered in August by the Clear Choices for Clean Water program.

A "Fruiting Native Plants for Beginners" workshop will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cabelas, 1600 Gateway Blvd. N.E. in Lacey. Participants will learn about fruiting native and non-native plants and how to identify common berries. Participants who register will also receive a free native plant.

"Fruiting Native Plant Walk for Beginners" will take place at a local trail on Sunday, Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Native plant experts will lead this walk to teach about common fruiting native plants and valuable habitat characteristics. Transportation to the trail will be provided.

Registration is required in order to get a free native plant at the Aug. 4 workshop, and to participate in the native plant walk on Aug. 8. To register, call 360-867-2577 or e-mail johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us.

The Clear Choices for Clean Water program helps residents learn how to protect Puget Sound through simple everyday choices, such as picking up after dogs, planting more native plants, using slow-release fertilizers and taking care of septic systems. The program also provides free materials to help people get started, including compost, native plants and slow-release fertilizers. The program is offered by the Thurston Conservation District and Thurston County Environmental Health.

To learn more about Clear Choices for Clean Water, contact Jennifer Johnson at johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us or at (360) 867-2577.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3