News Release – 10/8/12

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

StreamTeam Celebrates National Make a Difference Day with Volunteer Tree Planting Event, October 27
Annual Day of Service Includes Lunch and is Open to Public

VANCOUVER, WA – October 8, 2012 – Volunteers of all ages are invited to pitch in and plant trees with Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam in celebration of Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27, 2012.

In partnership with Washington State University Vancouver, the Salmon Creek Watershed Council and the Northwest Fish Rescue Program, the StreamTeam will host its annual tree-planting event in conjunction with the national day of service.

"This event is a chance for our local volunteers to do something meaningful right here at home and at the same time know we’re part of a bigger movement across the country to make a difference," said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator for Clark Public Utilities. "It’s a great day to get our hands dirty, plant trees, celebrate the contributions of others and help restore Clark County to a natural state where fish and wildlife can thrive."

Free of cost and open to the public, the effort will kick-off with a coordinated tree planting, followed by lunch and a celebration of volunteer service with awards including the StreamTeam Volunteer of the Year and Salmon Star awards.

"For folks who have thought about getting involved in local environmental efforts, our Make a Difference Day event is an easy way to lend a hand and learn more about the ongoing watershed restoration programs here in Clark County," King said.

Pre-registration is required and check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. planting. StreamTeam leaders and Stream Stewards will be onsite to aid groups of volunteers in planting hundreds of native trees to restore native habitat along Salmon Creek. Lunch and an annual recognition of star volunteers will follow.

Community partners including Tommy O’s, Corwin Beverages, Starbucks and Frito Lay have donated refreshments for the event with desserts donated by Simply Sweets and Cakes by Design. Waste Connections will donate recycling and composting service and there will be free massages available by Cohesive Massage Therapy.

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. Email StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or call 360-992-8585 to register.