FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Volunteers planted trees in Cedar Ridge
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, April 6, 2009 – Volunteers including Cedar Ridge subdivision residents, members of the Gee Creek Watershed Enhancement committee, city staff and Mayor Onslow worked together on March 28, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to plant 300 trees in the wetlands of the Cedar Ridge Subdivision on Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington. Volunteers continued the effort on March 29th planting an additional 75 fir trees and completing the mulching around the trees.
The trees were placed in the wetlands at the entrance of the subdivision to assist in habitat restoration and in time will enhance and beautify the area. The trees planted are native to the area and consist of Oregon Ash, Wild Gooseberry, Spiraea, Nootka Rose, Western Red Cedar, Red-Osier Dogwood, Maples, Fir and Alder. Rose bushes were also planted next to Pioneer Street to aid in the attractiveness of the area.
The Gee Creek Watershed Committee is a joint effort project between of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Washington State University Clark County Extension to research options that may be pursued to maintain and improve watershed health. Lynn Cornelius, Gee Creek Watershed Coordinator, WSU Clark County Extension, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mayor Ron Onslow said "This is another fine example of the volunteers in Ridgefield and what we can accomplish together to enhance the quality of life for our residents. I also wish to extend my thanks and gratitude to the Gee Creek committee who also gave their time".
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.