With thousands of species and varieties, it's always a challenge to name all of the plants that surround us, both native and non-native.
On Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., join Underwood Conservation District and Klickitat County Weed Control Department staff and other local plant enthusiasts on an identification tour of local plants.
Learn how to identify common native tree, shrub, and flower species as well as to distinguish some common invasive weeds.
Being able to recognize the difference between native and invasive plants will raise your awareness of what's growing in the Gorge and may help change your land management practices.
Gaining knowledge of local plants is a key first step towards preventing the spread of noxious weeds and protecting or enhancing working open lands and wildlife habitat.
The tour is free, open to the public, and starts at 6 p.m. at the Underwood Conservation District Office (170 Lincoln St. in White Salmon next to the Police Station).
From there the group will carpool to various sites in Bingen and White Salmon to look at some common native and invasive plant species.
Identification of key invasive plants of concern as well as management strategies will be shared. Plant Identification handbooks will be provided for those attending.
The tour will wrap up around 8.
Underwood Conservation District will be hosting another similar event for Skamania County on Tuesday, July 21.
For more information and to sign up, contact Underwood Conservation District at 493-1936.