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In this Issue
November 2020

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Volunteer Opportunity: Tree Planting
  • Together for Watersheds
  • Leave the Leaves
  • In the Community
Native American Heritage Month

Long before white colonial settlers arrived, hundreds of thousands of Native peoples across this country, originally known as Turtle Island, lived and thrived in profound, complex and interdependent relationships with the land, plants and animals.
November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, a time to celebrate and honor the diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and accomplishments of Native peoples.

This month is an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges (source).

Here in Southwestern Washington, we live on the unceded territory of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Click here to learn more.

As a reminder, this learning shouldn't be confined to a singular month alone, but a continued lifelong journey. What are some things non-Indigenous people can do beyond learning this month and every month? Increase your friends, families, and communities awareness by sharing information or social media posts by Native peoples. Donate to Native organizations or causes that help keep their communities thriving. Buy from shops that are Native-run.

Volunteer Opportunity: Tree Planting
When: Saturday, December 12th. To ensure volunteer and staff safety, multiple 2-hour time slots will be available. Due to COVID guidelines, registration is required prior to the event. Please click here to register and pick a time to plant!

Where: Near Leverich Park (address is on registration website)

What to Bring: Face masks are required. Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Due to COVID guidelines, there will be no snacks or water on site, please bring your own. Gloves and masks will be available on site but we strongly encourage you to bring your own.

Want to volunteer but curious about how volunteering works during the time of COVID? This is what one of our volunteers from last month’s Make A Difference had to say:
“Thank you so much for a very satisfying ‘make a difference day’ planting!  It was beautifully organized, as always.  This time there was even more organization required and I thought the idea of dividing up the planting site into several areas and then separating us volunteers into on-again-off-again areas was really good!” – Jean (volunteer)
Together for Watersheds
Have you heard of #TogetherForWatersheds? Each week a different watershed organization within SW Washington or the Portland Metro area shares a nature-based content video about (y)our watersheds.

Last week we posted our first video! One of our program coordinators gives a tour of a restoration project along Burnt Bridge Creek that we have been restoring with community members for the last 1.5 years. Watch the video here.
Click here to like the Together For Watersheds Facebook group to stay up to date on all the latest videos.
Leave the Leaves
As the days slowly transition to winter, the beautiful autumn foliage falls from the trees – and for many gardeners that means it’s time for a fall clean up. Instead of tidying up your yard by raking away the leaves, consider leaving them for our hardworking pollinators, small mammals, amphibians and invertebrates.
Pollinators and small critters rely on fallen leaves for food, shelter and nesting materials. For example, the wooly bear caterpillar and bumble bee queens will burrow beneath the leaves (and sometimes soil) to wait out winter.

Leaves also provide valuable organic matter to build healthy soil and can protect plants from the cold. Fallen leaves have the same weed suppression and moisture retention properties of shredded wood mulch.

Further reading
Nesting and Overwintering Habitat
Leave the Leaves to Benefit Wildlife

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In the Community
Repair Clark County 
When: Tuesday, November 24th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Highway, Vancouver, WA 98683

Bring your broken household items to be fixed, for free. All items must be pre-registered before drop off. Visit for more information. 

Recycling Done Right (Virtual)
When: Wednesday, November 25th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Zoom

Join Clark County's Master Composter Recycler program to learn how to be an expert recycler. Understand why only certain items can go into your Big Blue Recycle cart and your green glass bin. When in doubt throw it out. Register now, space is limited!

Prevent Food Waste in the First Place (Virtual)
When: Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Zoom

Join Clark County's Master Composter Recycler program to learn tools on how to minimize food spoilage. Register here.

Clark Conservation District Plant Sale
When: Now until February 11th, 2021
Where: Clark Conservation District website

The goals of the CCD plant sale are to offer native plants at affordable prices to landowners for controlling erosion, providing birds and wildlife food/shelter/nesting sites, and for making natural areas more enjoyable. CCD sells conservation grade plants as bare root stock or small container grown stock. Click here to learn how it works and to shop.
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