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Planning and Prioritizing of Future Road Nettles continued from Page 1 Vanessa showed us how to prepare nettles after it
and Bridge Projects on the Reservation has been collected. We blanched them for about
two minutes in hot water, rinsed them off in ice
Requests Community Input cold water and placed them in a zip lock freezer
bag until we are ready to use them. The water we
The Planning Department is coordinating the prepared them in we drunk as tea.
annual update of the Tribal Transportation
Improvement Program (TTIP). The TTIP is a Instructor Vannessa Cooper explains Nettles can be then used in soups or pretty much
publicly reviewed document which guides how the historic uses of how nettles are used where ever you want to add them. Nettles can
Transportation Funds received by the Tribe will during her cooking demonstration. help bring the body back to a state of balance. If
be spent over the next 4 years. A copy of the someone is feeling debilitated or generally worn
draft TTIP is available for public review at the areas with rich wet soil from the coast to the down, nettles are a good remedy. They are tonic
Chehalis Tribal Center located at 420 Howanut mountains. Gather nettles in March to May, to the liver, blood and kidneys. Nettles awaken
Rd., Oakville, WA. before they flower. the body.

Comments and questions can be directed to Nettle contains formic acid in fresh plant, vitamin Vanessa prepared a nettle and mint tea for
Dan Budsberg Transportation Planner at C, histamine, vitamins A and D, iron, sodium, the group. The group then went out into the
360-709-1767 potassium, calcium, silica, trace minerals and a community in search of nettle. We found and
good amount of protein, plus much more. Nettles identified dandelions, the good ones, Indian band
or by stopping by the Planning Department. are often called a “super food” and are one of aids (plantain) and baby ginger. This year’s
the highest plant sources of digestible iron. This supply of nettles started to show up early, in
Projects Include can help with anemic conditions, menstruation, February. We then ventured back to the clinic
pregnancy and lactation. where Vanessa then did a cooking demonstration.
„„Secena Road sidewalk: Phase 2 (Sidewalk and Vanessa made Nettle Pesto and Wild Greens
full reconstruct - 60 foot row). Historic uses: Nettles have been used worldwide Sauté. If you would like a copy of the handouts
for food, fiber and medicine. One use of nettle from this class, please come to the clinic and see
„„South Anderson Widening: South Anderson has been people “flogging” themselves with the one of the SDPI staff.
Road widening and sidewalk(s) (0.5 mi). nettle (hitting their body when it hurts). It wakes
up your capillaries, opens up blood flow and The SDPI would like to thank Vanessa Cooper
„„Key Bank Road: Provide continuity of traffic helps build up your iron. It also helps detoxify and Elise Crohn for the information given to
for the Grand Mound developments. your liver and kidney. It was also used to make us regarding nettles. We plan on having more
clothing, linens and even fish nets. classes in the future so watch for
„„Vosper to Tribal Center trail: New trail from our program flyers.
Vosper to Tribal Center.
If you would like a copy of the
„„Moon Road reconstruction: Restrict access to handouts please contact one of
local residential use only. the SDPI staff at 360-273-5504.

„„Tahown residential roads: Reconstruct (0.33 Nettle Pesto Recipe
„„South Bank Road sidewalk: South Bank Road/ 1 small bag ( about 6 cups) of young fresh nettles
State Street sidewalk. 1 bunch basil, stems removed, washed and drained (about 2
cups leaves)
„„State Route 12 safety improvements. ½ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
„„School Street sidewalk: School Street and Oak 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts
Street sidewalks. 1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Copies of the draft TTIP, and specific information Salt and Pepper to taste
on proposed/upcoming transportation projects are
available. Directions smooth. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Place in
Boil nettles in water (blanch) for one minute to a clean jar and poor a little extra olive oil over
A 30-day public review period will begin from remove the sting. Drain well, cool in ice water the top. Cover with a lid. Serve with the cheese
and dry off, then chop into small pieces. Place when ready to use. This will keep for 2-3 weeks
April 1, 2015 nettles, basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and lemon in the refrigerator.
and ends on juice in a food processor or blender. Blend until
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