Whack Some Ivy To Help Salmon Creek Ravine This Saturday

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Volunteers are needed to help the effort to remove invasive plants from Burien’s historic Salmon Creek Ravine this Saturday, Jan. 16th from 10am to Noon.

According to Burien Parks:

Salmon Creek Ravine is a passive park, with trails and access roads affording nature hikes, scenic beauty, and solitude. The heavily wooded Ravine, a remnant of the verdant fir and cedar forest that once cloaked the area, includes a mile-long, year-round stream, and another mile of feeder tributaries, some of which are spring-fed. It also contains vestiges of the logging industry that flourished here. Springboard notches still scar the ghostly cedar stumps scattered among the nettles and sword ferns, and the faint, mossy traces of skid roads still haunt the hillsides.

The area includes many natural features – shorelines, streams, wetlands, ridges, gullies, and slopes – which enhance the diversity of local wildlife. Animals common to the Ravine include bald eagles, raccoon, red fox, muskrat bats, osprey, otters, and grey squirrels.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Salmon Creek Ravine invasive plant work party

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16th, from 10am to Noon

WHERE: Meet at the intersection of 16th Ave SW and SW 131st St. (see map here). The Salmon Creek Ravine trailhead is located next to the “Shorewood on the Sound” sign.  There will also be temporary signs at the location alerting motorists and volunteers about the work party.


“We are starting a volunteer effort to remove invasive plants from the Salmon Creek Ravine.  There have volunteer efforts in both Shorewood Park and in Seahurst Park, and now the effort is expanding to include the Salmon Creek Ravine.

Wear sturdy shoes and work gloves.

Tools will be provided.”

For a historical perspective on Salmon Creek, download a PDF here.

Otherwise, mark your calendars and get ready to whack some weeds!

Contact Jean Spohn for further information at 206-433-0848.

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