Posted by: columbiahighlands | April 27, 2010

Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week in the Columbia Highlands (April 25-May 1)

This week (April 25-May 1) is Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington.  What is Native Plant Week all about?  According to the Washington chapter of the Native Plant Society (WNPS), it’s a “celebration of the amazing diversity of Washington’s over 3000 native plant species that inhabit deserts, rain forests, high alpine environments, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes.”  As WNPS reminds us, native plant week is intended to teach us how our native plant ecosystems provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality.  It’s also an opportunity to convey the tremendous threat posed by invasive (exotic) species, including insects, plant diseases and invasive plant species.

Here in the Columbia Highlands of northeast Washington, signs of spring are sprouting up all around us.  Now is the perfect time to get out and explore the native plants (especially the  early season wildflowers) that are slowly coming back to life.  Whether it’s in your own backyard or on a low-elevation trail or hillside in the Colville National Forest or Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, plan an outing this week to learn more about our local native plant species and wildlife habitats.  Check out our Native Plants of the Columbia Highlands page for ideas on good places for a native plant hike and a look at some of the plants you could track down this season.   

Do you have a favorite spring flower or native plant?  Send us a comment and tell us about it.  Or, better yet, a photo or two that we can share.

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  1. Flowering bitteroot in the Thirteen Mile area of the Kettle Range is one of my favorite spring sights!


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