Saturday, September 18, 2021
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Volunteers create native plant oasis in Riveridge neighborhood

The Columbian

EAST VANCOUVER — A project to create a native plant oasis in Vancouver’s Riveridge neighborhood began Aug. 29 with volunteer Tom Denman clearing an area with a 3-ton excavator. It was the first step in a three-step process that Good Neighbor Committee Chair Gary Zacny is voluntarily managing for the neighborhood association, according to neighborhood volunteer Ellen Zacny.

Several volunteers were on hand to assist in the project. A grant from the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington will provide for plant removal, enriching the island with new soil, and planting native trees and plants. The city of Vancouver provided human, financial and in-kind resources to help create a bird and insect friendly habitat, Ellen Zacny said.

The next work days are 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 for soil spreading and tentatively Oct. 23 for planting. Volunteers are welcome.

People wishing to volunteer should contact Gary Zacny at