American Camp Work Party

Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:32 am by

Golden Paintbrush Planting Work Party December 5 at American Camp

Mike Vouri sends this invi­ta­tion over from the Nation­al Park Service:

Stake your claim for gold—as in gold­en paint­brush —by join­ing park staff and vol­un­teers in plant­i­ng more than 2,000 seedlings in a sec­tion of the Amer­i­can Camp prairie from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 5, meet­ing at the Amer­i­can Camp vis­i­tor center.

Those arriv­ing late should look for the plant­i­ng par­ty on the north side of Redoubt Road, mid­way between the Redoubt and Pickett’s Lane.
For acces­si­bil­i­ty infor­ma­tion, call 360–378-2240, ext. 2233.

Gold­en paint­brush (Castille­ja levi­sec­ta) is a sym­bol of the native north­west prairies, an ecosys­tem that has been reduced by more than 90 per­cent. As with the prairie habi­tat that sus­tains them, gold­en paint­brush pop­u­la­tions have decreased dra­mat­i­cal­ly. For­mer­ly found in Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton, and British Colum­bia, the plant has been reduced to few­er than 11 pop­u­la­tions in Wash­ing­ton and Canada. 

The Puget Sound Prairie ecosys­tem, of which gold­en paint­brush is a part, is the most rapid­ly-declin­ing ecosys­tem in the Pacif­ic North­west,” said Jer­ald Weaver, park chief of inte­grat­ed resources. “When an ecosys­tem is dis­rupt­ed, its health is com­pro­mised and species may be lost. Such loss­es dimin­ish the qual­i­ty and diver­si­ty of the world in which we live. The gold­en paint­brush is an impor­tant part of a healthy Puget Sound ecosystem.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice and the Nation­al Park Ser­vice are work­ing togeth­er to pri­or­i­tize con­ser­va­tion actions that pro­tect gold­en paint­brush, Weaver said.

These actions include:
·         Iden­ti­fy best man­age­ment prac­tices to pro­tect and improve the health of the prairie ecosystem
·         Remove trees and shrubs
·         Mow or burn the prairies to reduce com­pe­ti­tion by non-native species
·         Rein­tro­duc­ing gold­en paint­brush plants to prairie ecosystem

Bring gloves, rain gear and stur­dy boots. For more infor­ma­tion – call Edu­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist Rae­na Par­sons at 360–378-2240 ext. 2222 , or the Inter­pre­ta­tion staff at 360–378-2240, ext. 2233.

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