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From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4631 02-02-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Volunteers needed to celebrate and ‘green up’ the Rock Creek Watershed on March 14

Registration is now open for the Rock Creek Partnership’s popular annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event and work party scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Galaxy Barn at Pendarvis Farm, the site of the renowned Pickathon Music Festival.

This fun, family-friendly event features live music by bluegrass band Wild Rose Trail, breakfast, lunch, and raffle prizes. Volunteers are requested to wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and arrive by 8:45 a.m. to complete registration and be assigned to a crew. Tools, plants, gloves, and know-how will be provided.

The Rock Creek Partnership is a collaborative effort between Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of Trees, and SOLVE and is supported with funding from Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1. The partners work with landowners to revitalize streamside habitats by removing invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, and replanting the areas with native trees and shrubs. Restoring native plant communities grows a canopy over creeks, which filters and cools the water, provides wildlife habitat and increases property value. Stream flow from Rock Creek eventually enters into the Clackamas River, which provides drinking water to nearly 400,000 people and a home to many sensitive species of fish and wildlife.

Pendarvis Farm is located at 16581 SE Hagen Road in Happy Valley. Learn more about the Rock Creek Partnership and preregister for the event at RockCreekPartnership.org.

For more information, media may contact Gari Johnson at 503-742-4631 or gjohnson2@clackamas.us.

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