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Alger Native Garden Genesis
Friday Creek Habitat Stewards (FCHS) received a $7,500 grant from the Rose Foundation's Puget Sound Grassroots Stewardship Fund to create a multifaceted stream and wildlife habitat enhancement demonstration garden along Silver Creek at Alger Community Hall.
This past summer we began creating specialty demonstration gardens to showcase pairings of native plants and naturescaping techniques that homeowners can apply to invite wildlife, save water, lower maintenance, reduce pesticide use and support local ecology. These gardens will also provide a native plant corridor, pathways and educational observation areas with permanent signage at key observation areas so visitors can see firsthand the advantages to landscaping with Pacific Northwest plants to enhance wildlife and protect our streams. We also will create a nectar garden to entice our local nectar lovers-- birds, bees and butterflies.
This project was built on the success of the stream enhancement project conducted at the site in March 2012. With support from Skagit County's NRSP program, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Alger Community Hall, Skagit Conservation District, FCHS helped clear the Silver Creek stream Bank of blackberries and other invasives and replant with native plants.
As always it is a group effort and we couldn't be more excited about moving forward. We hope to inspire local stewardship and increase public awareness of landscaping and conservation practices that enhance critical wildlife habitat, reduce water pollution, protect downstream resources, and create a more sustainable, healthy environment for people, too. Skagit Conservation District serves as fiscal agent and provides technical support for the project.