Volunteers Needed To Clean Up Walker Creek Saturday From 9am-Noon

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Miller CreekNORMANDY PARK – This Saturday, March 22, from 9am – Noon, volunteers are needed to help eradicate ivy from the Walker Preserve along Walker Creek in Normandy Park.

Here’s a Q&A courtesy Burien Parks:

Q: Why are we doing this stewardship project?
A: English ivy is creeping into the Preserve.  Ivy is bad because it:

  • Strangles trees
  • Creates more weight and “sail area” that can topple trees in high winds
  • Provides a home to rats
  • As ivy kills native trees, it opens up areas for more non-native weeds to invade the exposed ground.  This prevents new trees from getting started.  If left unchecked, ivy will destroy the urban forest along Walker Creek.

Q: What will the volunteers do?
A: Stewardship on March 22 will focus on removing ivy from the lower trunks of trees and creating ivy-free rings around the base.  We’ll also remove other weeds such as Himalayan blackberry.  We’ll use a mix of hand tools to perform these tasks.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome but children need to be accompanied by a parent or an adult.

Q: What do volunteers need?
A: The requirements are simple:

  • An eager attitude
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Leather-palmed gloves (if you have them; we also will have plenty to loan)
  • Filled water bottle
  • We provide tools and snacks!

Q: Who’s organizing this event?
A: This project is a cooperative effort of the Cities of Normandy Park, Burien, and SeaTac; the Port of Seattle; and King County.  These governments are working with residents to improve water quality and create healthy streams in the Miller and Walker Creek basins.

Driving and Parking
To avoid causing street access problems during the event, volunteers who are driving should park at Normandy Park City Hall (801 S.W. 174th St.).  We will run a shuttle to get you to and from the Preserve.  This shuttle will be available throughout the event if you need to leave early.

Sign Up and Questions
Advance sign up is encouraged to help us plan.  Please contact Dennis Clark, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward ASAP via email [email protected], or call 206-296-1909. 

This is a great opportunity for people in Burien and SeaTac to see a hidden part of the stream basin downstream from their communities.

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