News Release – 10/6/2014

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

PLANT TREES WITH THE CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES STREAM TEAM ON NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY, OCT. 25
– Family-friendly Volunteer Event is Open to the Public, Registration Required –

VANCOUVER, WA – October 6, 2014 – Volunteers of all ages are invited to pitch in and plant trees with Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam in celebration of the annual national Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, 2014.

Held at a new location in the Brush Prairie area this year, the event will kick-off with a coordinated tree planting led by seasoned volunteers and AmeriCorps members, followed by lunch, live music, and a celebration of volunteer service awards including the StreamTeam Volunteer of the Year and Salmon Star awards. 

“Families and first-time tree planters can dig in and get their hands dirty alongside our most dedicated StreamTeam volunteers on Make a Difference Day,” said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator for Clark Public Utilities. “Everyone who participates can leave knowing they were part of a nationwide effort to do something good. For us, it’s helping to bring salmon back to Salmon Creek here in Clark County.”

The event is made possible at no cost to participants through the generous support and in-kind donations from community partners. Local businesses Tommy O’s and Corwin Beverages are this year’s Make a Difference Day sponsors and additional donors include Frito Lay. 

For the first time, supervised children’s activities will be available, hosted by Vancouver Montessori. Teachers will be on site leading fun, educational games and projects for kids including the Salmon Life Cycle Obstacle Course, and Northwest Wild Fish Rescue will lead a wild fish release.

When:     Saturday, October 25, 2014. Pre-registration is required, check-in at 8:30 a.m. for 9 a.m. planting, followed by lunch and awards presentation at noon.
Cost:    There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Interested volunteers should contact Ashley King at 360-992-8585 or email StreamTeam@clarkpud.com. Participation is limited.
Location:    Details and Battle Ground location provided upon registration.

Held rain or shine, the event will include on-site training and all tools and trees will be provided by the Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam. Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather. For more information, visit www.streamteam.net
    
About the StreamTeam
The StreamTeam is a volunteer-driven program of Clark Public Utilities comprised of more than 1,000 team members who donate more than 3,500 hours of their time each year to save salmon. StreamTeam members come from a myriad of backgrounds including utility employees, Stream Stewards, scout groups, college students, youth groups and active retirees. Activities include tree planting, water quality and plant survival monitoring, and educational outreach. More information is available at www.StreamTeam.net.