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WHEREAS, native plant species are an important part of Washington’s heritage, providing important aesthetic, economic, and ecological contributions that make Washington a special place to live; and

WHEREAS, Washington enjoys an amazing diversity of over 3000 native plant species from rain forest plants on the Olympic peninsula to the desert species in eastern Washington; and

WHEREAS, preserving native plant eco-systems is critical for the protections of birds, fish, and other wildlife, as well as water quality in Washington State; and

WHEREAS, over 360 of our native plant species are listed as rare by the state’s Natural Heritage Program; and

WHEREAS, invasive species present a threat to sustaining of Washington’s native plant ecosystems and the biodiversity that they enable;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim the week of May 24-30, 2004, as

Native Plant Appreciation Week

in Washington State, and I urge all citizens to join me in appreciating, enjoying, and celebrating our floral diversity by taking advantage of the opportunities of this week to learn more about our native plants, their habitats, and how to protect them. Take a native plant walk, visit a natural area, or become involved in a restoration project as we join together to celebrate this precious heritage.

Signed this 11th day of March, 2004
Governor Gary Locke