Take a hike…a nature hike that is! Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with DNR

Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.
Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.

Today kicks off Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington, and as spring brings the landscape to life around us, it’s a great time to celebrate Washington’s diverse ecosystem. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting events across the state.

 April 27 — A native plant walk at the Lacamas Prairie Natural Area Preserve (near Camas) is scheduled for anyone interested in an informative tour of some of Washington’s native flora.

April 27 — Celebrate native plants with a nature hike at West Tiger Mountain (near Issaquah)

May 4 — Wildflower Hike at Columbia Hills State Park. Join DNR staff and State Park staff for a hike around Columbia Hills State Park.

Find out more about Native Plant Appreciation Week

Amateur botanists aren't the only people who get excited about spring. Photo: DNR
Amateur botanists aren’t the only people who get excited about spring. Photo: DNR

Washington’s intricate system of native plants is a crucial element of support for the diverse wildlife that we are so fortunate to have. When a non-native species is introduced it can cause irreparable damage to the balance of local plants and wildlife. Half of all invasive plants are introduced through home gardens. They later escape and spread, upsetting the local ecosystem. The Washington Native Plant Society has an abundance of information on gardening and landscaping with native plants.

DNR combines efforts with a number of other agencies to work toward controlling the spread of invasive species. To report sightings of non-native plants, call 1-877-9-INFEST.

For more information, check the DNR Invasive Species Program page.

Would you rather get to work on state lands?
DNR has many opportunities for those who like to volunteer and get their hands dirty! Check out the events below.

April 27 – Nicholson Horse Trail Volunteer Event (near Elbe)

April 27 – Beverly Dunes Clean-up (near Yakima)

April 27 – Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Clean-Up (near Colville)

April 27 & 28 – Elbe ORV Trail Spring Clean-Up (near Elbe)

May 4 – Stone Lodge (Suncrest) Trust Land Clean-Up (near Nine Mile Falls)

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