FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GEE CREEK REHABILITATION EFFORTS CONTINUE
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, Communications Director/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, October 20, 2005 - The City of Ridgefield, continuing its effort to rehabilitate Gee Creek, and continuing to work with the Gee Creek Enhancement Committee, will conduct a Native Plant Species Planting event on October 29, 2005. Volunteers, coordinated by City staff, will plant native vegetation in locations where noxious plant species, including Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry, were removed earlier this year. The result will be more stabilized stream banks, which will help prevent erosion.
Gary Bock, Wastershed Stewards Coordinator for Washington State University Extension and Gee Creek Enhancement Committee member, has secured at no charge 50 cedar trees from Fish First. In addition, the City will purchase $200.00 of Oregon Ash and Red Osier Dogwoods for this planting from the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education (CASEE).
Gee Creek is an important asset to the Ridgefield Community. The City of Ridgefield and the Gee Creek Enhancement Committee conduct activities aimed at assisting in the rehabilitation of the creek. Mayor Gladys Doriot said, "Gee Creek runs through the heart of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The City is committed to supporting rehabilitation of this important stream corridor. We have appropriated money in the proposed 2006 budget to continue to rehabilitate this salmon-bearing stream, and we see this as a continuing effort that will last for many years."
The event will be on Saturday, October 29, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are welcome; protective clothing is recommended. Volunteers are asked to meet at Heron Drive Bridge off Main Avenue in Ridgefield.
For further information, please contact Justin Clary, Public Works Director, at (360) 887-8251.
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The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 24,700 persons with an employment base of over 15,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications/City Clerk, Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.