Volunteers sought for annual plant survey



Columbia Springs will conduct annual plant monitoring Saturday, and the Vancouver-based environmental education center invites volunteers to help.

Participants will survey the 100-acre property to gather information about invasive plants among them English ivy, English holly and Himalayan blackberry. The effort will help update property maps. The survey also helps measure the site’s restoration efforts, according to Columbia Springs.

Training will be provided.

All ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers younger than 14 must have parental supervision, and those younger than 16 must have parental permission. All volunteers will be paired with a volunteer leader.

Participants should bring sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and drinking water.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Register by email at volunteer@columbiasprings.org or call Mariah Acton at 360-882-0936, ext. 230.