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1999 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Vegetation Management: Washington State DOT Olympic Region Landscape 3R Program (Rescue, Reuse, Re

Washington Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation Olympic Region Native Plant Salvage Program is a partnership effort between Washington State Department of Transportation personnel, state-coordinated employment programs, local environmental organizations, and volunteers. Plants are salvaged from roadside maintenance areas, taken to a holding area, placed in pots or mulch, and kept until they are needed for scenic landscaping, mitigation, or site restoration. Surplus plants are donated to local communities and tribes to use in their public areas. The plant salvage work provides low maintenance costs for the areas landscaped with native plantings. This program is a working example of practicing sound ecological principles of rescue, reuse, and restoration, while caring for the highway rights-of-way.

Project Contributors

Secretary of State Ralph Muro

City of Bremerton
Jim Trainer

City of Forks
Dave Zeller

City of Olympia
Ceader Wells

Olympia Forestry
Dave Pearsall

McLane Elementary School
Rich Bird

Griffin Elementary School
Harry Carthum
Griffin Business Association
Shelley Earing/Chris Wickham

Snow Creek Restoration Team
Denny Secord

Squaxin Island Tribe
Brian Thompson

Boy Scouts
Troop #224

Washington State Department of Transportation
Gary Demich, Olympic Region Administrator
Bob Barnes, Olympic Region Landscape Architect
Terri Dukes, Olympic Region Transportation Engineer
Ken Schlatter, Olympic Region Environmental Project Coordinator
Ken Stone, Olympic Region Environmental/Hydraulic Office Manager
Carl Ward, Olympic Region Biologist
Ray Willard, State Coordinator: Adopt-A-Highway
Jim Kniert, Assistance Maintenance Superintendent
Olympic Region Elma Maintenance Supervisor
Washington State Department of Ecology
Nick Mott

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Jobs for the Environment

Washington State University
Erica Guttman

Cooperative Extension Thruston County
Native Plant Salvage Projects
Photo-People Gardening
Photo - Vegetable Garden

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