Curious Wenatchee area residents and visitors can use a newly published brochure to guide identification of locally common native plants and animals. The Wenatchee Area Field Guide is lightweight, waterproof, and costs $8.95. Users are introduced to over 100 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Color illustrations accompany descriptive texts, helping the observer to quick identify species. This folding pocket naturalist guide is available for purchase at the Greater Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pybus Market, and at the downtown Wenatchee Arlberg Sports.

The publication is a partnership project between Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT), the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Wenatchee Naturalist program.   Wenatchee Naturalist program lead, Susan Ballinger, researched and selected the species and wrote the descriptive texts. CDLT coordinated the Waterford Press publication and the Chamber is administering sales. All proceeds will be returned to a CDLT dedicated account to fund a future second printing. All partners desire to showcase the diversity of life in our region and to build broad support for protecting the habitats where native plants and animals live.

With the coming of spring wildflowers and the return of migrating birds, now is the perfect time to purchase a copy. It makes an excellent gift for people of all ages and easily fits in a pocket.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is a local non-profit working to engage communities in conserving, caring for, and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington. The Land Trust has a 34-year record of working collaboratively with property owners and communities to identify and protect the region’s most important natural landscapes forever. For more information:

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