Public can learn about changes in vegetation at Whitman Mission

By the Herald staffMay 19, 2014 

Learn about changes to the vegetation intended to decrease costs, water consumption and fossil fuels use at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site at a 2 p.m. Thursday meeting.

The National Park Service is replacing exotic grass species with more sustainable native grasses over a portion of the site, including grassed areas in the parking area and within the historic mission grounds.

Native grasses use less water, require less labor to maintain, and require less use of equipment and fossil fuels resulting in a lower carbon footprint. During the presentation, park staff will describe the overall plan, what visitors can expect to see and experience as the new vegetation comes in over the next few years, and the areas affected by the program.

Whitman Mission is seven miles west of Walla Walla off Highway 12. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Visitors are encouraged to view the 20-minute orientation film, explore the museum exhibits and reflect upon the site's history while touring the mission grounds.

More information is available by calling 509-529-2761 or going to the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi.

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