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Published on April 18, 2017 2:37PM

Nature lovers will have the chance to get their hands dirty and directly participate in watershed restoration activities at a Native Plant Potting and Planting Party this Saturday, April 22, in Tillamook.

The event, hosted by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council, will run from 9 am to 3 pm at the Native Plant Nursery, adjoining Camp Tillamook at 6820 Barracks Circle in the Port of Tillamook Bay complex.

Participants will lend a hand potting thousands of native plants for use in habitat enhancement projects around Tillamook County. And in addition to potting, volunteers will get the chance to plant more than 400 native trees and shrubs in designated areas along Mill Creek, the site of the watershed council’s 2016 habitat restoration project. Pizza will be provided at lunch for the volunteers.

Maysa Miller, manager of TEP’s Native Plant Nursery, will coordinate potting activities.

“It’s a great feeling caring for these plants and knowing they will be appreciated by future generations,” she said. “That way, when people drive around Tillamook and notice trees growing along their favorite rivers and streams, they can take pride knowing they contributed.”

Rob Russell of the watershed council will lead the planting activities.

“We’re excited to get people directly involved in the work we do to improve the Tillamook Bay watershed,” he said. “Everybody has heard about the habitat restoration work that has been going on in Tillamook for the last 19 years, but it means a lot more to get involved and get your hands dirty.”

To register, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for “Potting Party”.

For more information, contact Russell at 503-322-0002.

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