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June 19, 2010 is Natural Areas Appreciation Day

On June 19th, the Washington Department of Natural Resources will offer several field outings in celebration of the first annual Natural Areas Appreciation Day. This is a great opportunity for the public to see, experience and learn about some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring landscapes remaining in the Northwest. This event is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Natural Areas Committee, a group of governmental, and non-profit agencies whose purpose is to promote the recognition, establishment and management of Northwest natural areas. See the below announcement for details about the five outings and please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 360-575-5056 if you are interested in attending one of these events or would like more information. Feel free to pass this announcement on to other interested parties.

What better way to appreciate some of the most exquisite native ecosystems in the state than to improve a trail through it, help protect it from invasive plants, or take a tour. The public is invited to celebrate our state’s natural areas by joining the state Department of Natural Resources’ staff and partners on June 19 to help care for these natural treasures. In addition to helping out, DNR staff will guide the work-party on a special tour of each site.

Following are opportunities and contacts for signup in your area, or in another area that you want to experience!

Camas Meadows NAP- Work Party and Wildflower Walk

What: This work party will clear small pines to improve habitat for the federally endangered Wenatchee Mountains Checker-mallow. After the work party, DNR biologists will guide a wildflower walk in this spectacular site with large open wildflower meadows dotted with quaking aspen groves.

When: Work party: 9 a.m.-noon. Wildflower walk: 1-3 p.m.

What to bring: Bring gloves and a tool for clearing small pines (loppers, hand saw, hatchet etc), also bring a lunch and water.

Contact: To sign up or for more information, call Keyna Bugner (360) 925-0906, or Tony Sachet (509) 925-0940.

Table Mountain NRCA Hike

What: This fairly strenuous hike up Table Mountain starts at Bonneville Hot Springs. We’ll do some trail clearing and other light trail work along the way. The 8-mile round trip has some very steep and rocky sections, but from the top, spectacular views of the Columbia Gorge and the Bonneville Landslide are well worth the climb. Come learn about rare plant communities on balds, and rare plant and animal species. With luck, we’ll see peregrine falcons that nest on the cliffs, other wildlife and wildflowers.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

What to bring: Bring sturdy hiking boots, loppers or handsaw, lunch and two quarts of water.

Contact: Carlo Abbruzzese (360) 575-5056 to sign up, get directions or for more information.

Mima Mounds NAP Hike

What: This short, easy 1-to-2 mile guided walk over relatively flat ground will be lead by Mima Mounds site stewards Cliff Snyder and Barry Bidwell. They will talk about some of the many theories on how these mysterious mounds were formed. They will point out wildflowers, butterflies and birds. Participants will get a full color 8-page Mima Mounds butterfly guide, and learn about efforts to protect these beautiful prairie and oak forest communities.

When: 9 a.m. -noon.

What to bring: Bring walking shoes/hiking boots, binoculars, and a lunch and water if you plan to eat lunch on one of the picnic tables after the walk.

Contact: Carlo Abbruzzese (360) 575-5056 to sign up, get directions or for more information.

Mount Si NRCA

Little Si Trailhead- Invasive Plant Removal

What: This will be an invasive plant removal project sponsored by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Volunteers will help eradicate Himalayan blackberry, scotch broom, and butterfly bush.

When: 9 am-3pm (volunteers can work a half day).

What to bring: Gloves, grubby clothes and a lunch. Tools will be provided. Information will be provided when you sign up at the website below.

Contact: Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website to sign up: http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events.

Mount Si NRCA

Teneriffe Falls Trailhead – Trail work

What: This trail work party is sponsored by the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Trust. Volunteers will help work on trail maintenance such as installing waterbars and drainage, surfacing and repairing trail tread.

When: 9 a.m. -3 p.m. (volunteers may work a half day, too)

What to bring: Gloves, grubby clothes. Tools will be provided. Further information will be provided when you sign up at the website below.

Contact: Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website to sign up: http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events.