Whack Some Invasive Weeds At Walker Wetlands Saturday

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This Saturday (Mar. 21st) Spring will have sprung so it’s time to get your garden gloves on, dig out those pruning shears and help the Walker Wetlands by removing invasive plants from 10am to Noon.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Walker Wetland invasive plant removal work party

If you're lucky, you may even get to see this frog...

WHEN: Saturday, March 21st from 10am to Noon

WHERE: Walker Wetlands, located at sw 176th near Des Moines Memorial Drive

RSVP: Advance sign up is encouraged to help plan. Please contact Dennis Clark, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward, [email protected], or phone: 206-296-1909.

INFO: Here’s a link to a PDF Poster with more info. Link to King County’s page is here.

Celebrate spring (Vernal Equinox is March 20) by volunteering at your local wetland!

Here’s your chance to see the big wetlands at the head of Walker Creek up close.

The City of Burien purchased the wetlands in 2005 to preserve the upper portion of Walker Creek.  While the wetlands themselves continue to serve as a giant sponge and filter benefiting the creek, the edges of the wetlands need a bit of care.

There’s some litter to clean up and then we’ll dig up those pesky blackberries that threaten to overwhelm the healthy native vegetation around the edge of the wetlands.

This is your chance to take a peek inside the wetlands before the vegetation leafs out.

What will the volunteers do?
Volunteers will help protect the health of the Walker wetland by removing invasive, non-native plants. The biggest problem is Himalayan blackberry. Volunteers will cut the canes and then dig up the root balls – hard work but satisfying. Volunteers of all ages are welcome but children need to be
accompanied by a parent or an adult.

Why are we doing this stewardship project at the Walker wetland?
The Walker wetland was purchased by the City of Burien in 2005. The Walker wetland sustains the health of Walker Creek by storing and then slowly releasing water. The water also is filtered by the wetland plants. Lastly, the wetland is home to birds and small animals.

Stewardship is needed to preserve the health of the wetland and the larger Walker Creek stream basin.

While the wetland is basically healthy, invasive plants are creeping in around the dryer edges. This stewardship project will help control this unwanted vegetation.

What do volunteers need? The requirements are simple!

  • An eager attitude
  • Sturdy shoes or boots (you will not be walking in the wetland itself but if it’s raining, you’ll want footwear that keeps your feet dry)
  • Leather-palmed gloves (we also will have plenty to loan)
  • Filled water bottle
  • We provide tools and snacks!

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

Park on S. 176th St. east of Des Moines Memorial Drive. Please do not park on Des Moines Memorial Drive.

Celebrate spring in the green – the green of the Walker Wetland!

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One Response to “Whack Some Invasive Weeds At Walker Wetlands Saturday”
  1. Bethums says:

    Thank you all for helping the wetlands. It is so important!

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