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The popular event, held twice yearly, takes place Oct. 8 and is located behind Scappoose High School.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE BAY WATERSHED COUNCIL  - Native plants abound at the Fall Native Plant Sale at Scappoose High School. It's almost time again for the annual Fall Native Plant Sale in Scappoose.

The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council will be holding the autumnal edition of its twice-yearly plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

The event is held behind Scappoose High School, with proceeds helping keep the council's nursery operating.

With the help of volunteers, money collected also helps the council with public outreach events and restoration projects.

A watershed council, according to Emily Martin, the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council's nursery manager, is an organization that tries to help the natural landscape that contains all of the creeks, streams and water tributaries that flow into a centralized body of water.

"Our watershed council's mission is to support a healthy watershed for the community and engage the community with education, as well," Martin said. "You also have a chance to really just take care of the whole system, and the whole system is not just the natural landscape … but it's people, too."

While there will be native plants to purchase, some varieties come from out of the area.

"We also are going to have some plants that are not necessarily from this area historically," Martin said.

As an example, she added: "We do have some Sitka spruce, but it's not, to my knowledge, a plant that would have occurred here historically in large numbers."

The plant sales have proven popular with the public.

"For the last few years, we've been doing this plant sale where we open our nursery to the public," Martin said. "We sell any plants that are not on hold for project sites or destined to be used with other work that we're doing in the watershed."

There's also a social component to these popular community plant sales.

"It's also a really nice way for us to start forming a relationship and connecting with the community as well," Martin said. "Partnerships and relationships have started simply because we had a plant sale and we happened to meet people, such as landowners, who want to know more about how to help their properties that may have streams and also how to take care of native areas within their gardens."

As a twice-yearly tradition in Scappoose, these native plant sales are becoming a genuine community event, Martin added.

"We try very hard to spread the word about our nursery," she said. "We've had people come from as far north as Rainier, I think, and as far south as Portland."

Martin continued, "You're meeting the people who share the same interest."

The Spring Native Plant Sale is held the second Saturday of April.

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