PULLMAN, Wash. — Volunteer workers from the campus and community are needed for ecological plantings/environmental restoration on the edge of two ponds at Washington State University. 

The plantings/restoration is part of the university and city of Pullman’s Cougar Pride Days 2005, March 28-April 4. Plantings will take place March 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; March 30-31 and April 1, each day at 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. and April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workers will plant trees, shrubs and perennial herbs around two storm water wetland ponds on the Pullman-Moscow Highway, state Route 270, below WSU’s Yakama Village graduate student housing, said Bobbie Ryder, Cougar Pride Days committee member.

WSU’s Community Service Learning Center is coordinating volunteers and working sessions. WSU faculty member Rod Sayler and his environmental restoration class and members of the WSU Horticulture Club will help direct the project. The WSU Native Plant Nursery will provide many of the trees.  WSU faculty member Sean Michael’s landscape architecture class will assist with plantings and greenbelt designs for future Cougar Pride projects. 

Plants were purchased through the collaborative efforts of university departments, including environmental health and safety, the Office of Business Affairs’ real estate section, environmental science and regional planning, horticulture and landscape architecture, natural resource sciences and capital planning and development.

To volunteer to work on the project, contact the Community Service Learning Center at (509) 335-7708, cslc@wsu.edu. For additional project information, contact Ryder at (509) 335-2192, bryder@wsu.edu or Melanie Brown, WSU Community Service Learning Center director at (509) 335-5401, melanieb@wsu.edu.

Visit the Cougar Pride Days Web site at wsu.edu/cougar-pride-days.