News Release 1/20/16

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com
LARGEST NATIVE PLANT NURSERY IN CLARK COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR TREE-POTTING EVENTS
– Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam prepping for 2016 spring plantings –

VANCOUVER, WA – Jan. 19, 2016 – Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam invites volunteers to register for upcoming potting events. Teams led by AmeriCorps volunteers and trained Stream Stewards will pot hundreds of seedlings in preparation for spring tree-plantings.

“Most people don’t even know that the utility has the largest native plant nursery in the county, but it’s a huge piece of what we do to restore salmon habitat,” said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator at Clark Public Utilities. “The trees we raise in our nursery have a much better survival rate than ones we purchase from other nurseries, and we couldn’t do it without volunteers. On Martin Luther King Day we had more than 60 volunteers at our native plant nursery and prepped nearly 4,000 trees for future planting.”

Upcoming Saturday events are separate and volunteers are welcome to sign-up for one or more depending on availability. Advance registration is required and all tools and training will be provided. The events will be held at Clark Public Utilities’ native plant nursery in Orchards, rain or shine.

Dates: January 30
          February 20
          March 5
          March 12

Time: All Saturday events are scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register: Contact Ashley King at 360-992-8585 or StreamTeam@clarkpud.com to register and receive details.

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.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 193,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.

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