About The Native Plant Salvage

Providing hands-on education to protect & conserve water resources & habitat from the South Sound prairies to the shores of the Puget Sound.”

The Native Plant Salvage Project was started in 1994 to involve Thurston County residents in direct action to protect water resources and improve habitat. Our mission is to promote the use, preservation, knowledge, and appreciation of native plants in the landscape through action and education.

Through field projects and educational activities we work to preserve existing vegetation, restore vegetation and re-create habitat. We teach community members to create more layered and diverse landscapes using native and drought-tolerant plants, thereby increasing the amount of rainwater that soaks into the soil to recharge groundwater aquifers, and reducing the need for chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and supplemental irrigation.



Who We Are:

The Native Plant Salvage Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization, founded in 2000 to help raise funds for the work of the Native Plant Salvage Project, which is entirely supported by local contributions, grants and contract work. The NPSF is guided by a volunteer board of directors, and supported by a small but mighty crew of volunteers, supporters, educators and community partners.  The foundation is also supported by one or two AmeriCorps members from the Washington Service Corps.

The Native Plant Salvage Project is a program of WSU Extension- Thurston County.  The director of the program is Erica Guttman.

What We Do:

As our name implies, we organize salvages during the winter months at sites that are soon to be developed. However, our program areas expand far beyond our winter salvages.  In the words of Board President Lydia Beth: 

Our education, training and advocacy work gives citizens a direct, hands-on opportunity to DO something to improve water quality, conserve natural resources, reduce pesticide use, and to influence peoples’ appreciation of the natural world.

Our work encompasses:

• Environmental Restoration

• Sustainable Landscaping/Naturescaping

• Plant Salvages

• Plant Identification Education

• Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)/Low-Impact Development (LID)

• School Programs

 

Volunteers helping our restoration efforts at CLT's beautiful Darlin Creek Preserve

Volunteers helping our restoration efforts at CLT's beautiful Darlin Creek Preserve

NPS provides plant identification courses throughout the year. Winter Twig ID is one of our most popular offerings, and is useful year-round!

NPS provides plant identification courses throughout the year. Winter Twig ID is one of our most popular offerings, and is useful year-round!

Volunteers and board members together helping salvage native plants, and enjoying Erica's famous hot soup!

Volunteers and board members together helping salvage native plants, and enjoying Erica's famous hot soup!