FACES AND PLACES - Logo contest seeks entries for native plant restoration project

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The 2011 class of the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program is holding a contest to find a logo for its ecosystem restoration project.

"We are removing blackberry bushes and replacing them with native plants along Garrison Creek at Fort Walla Walla, marketing committee member Brie Bridgeland said. "The walking path will be revamped and signage will be used to educate the public about the native plants."

The Sherwood program is focused on developing community leadership skills. Participant accepted in the program pay a fee to cover costs, and attend 60 hours of training. Classes are around 20 to 25 people, ranging from community college students to retired seniors with leadership experience.

Each class selects a project to complete within a year. The Sherwood Trust matches up to $10,000 towards what each class generates in resources. Participants are expected to volunteer outside of the class to complete the project. Among previous projects are funding and installation of kinetic public art, murals, creation of an educational Planet Walk, and park playground equipment purchases and installation.

The current class project at Fort Walla Walla Park is to enhance community awareness regarding native plants and provide a safe, fun, and educational environment along one of Walla Walla's beautiful parks.

"The logo contest will be our first opportunity to get the community involved," Bridgeland said.

Entries are to be addressed to:Sherwood Project Logo Contest, PO Box 584, College Place, WA 99362. Logos must be in black and white. Entries are due by August 15.

The logo needs to be simple and inviting, celebrating a native plant habitat and living classroom.

The winning logo will be produced on all sorts of promotional material and signage.

Among words the marketing committee has brainstormed to help in the creative process are: trail, native, local, nature, shade, tunnel, growth, restore, habitat, fort, revive, educate, green and enchanted.

Jennifer Northam is the events and public relations manager for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. She can be reached at 529-8755 or jennifer@downtownwallawalla.com

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