Spring Into Spring By Whacking Ivy At Walker Preserve Saturday

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The first day of Spring is this Saturday, March 20th (at precisely 10:32am PDT), and what better way to spring into this bloomin’ season than by whacking some invasive ivy at Walker Preserve?

King County Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward Dennis Clark wants all our Readers to know that this is a great way to celebrate spring.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Ivy Removal Party at Walker Preserve.

WHEN: Saturday, March 20th from 9am – 11am.

WHERE: Walker Preserve – Enter off First Ave. S. just south of the Normandy Park Assisted Living Center (16625 First Ave. South). The entrance is a gate directly opposite the intersection of S. 168th St. and First Ave. S.

If driving, your parking options include:

  • Two-three spaces for high clearance vehicles just inside the gate
  • Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W.
  • On the street along S. 168th St. on the east side of First Ave. S.

INFO: From a flier:

Saturday is vernal equinox and the weather forecasters are saying it’s going to be a beautiful day.

You’ll want to celebrate this first day of spring outside as much as possible – and I’ve got just the activity to get you started!

From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, join me and your neighbors for two vigorous hours of ivy removal at the Walker Preserve.  Details are in the attached flier.

Your volunteering will continue steady progress in improving the health of the urban forest and Walker Creek in the Preserve including:

  • Removal of ivy from all trees in the preserve during 2008 and 2009
  • Planting in October 2008 of 38 grand fir, 10 Douglas fir, and 7 western red cedar trees to improve the diversity of tree species
  • Restoration in August 2009 of 200 feet of stream on the Preserve property and Short family property with the installation of large wood and spawning gravel and the planting of native trees and shrubs on the banks
  • Removal in 2008-2009 of all ivy from the forest floor inside the loop at the end of the trail

Photos documenting this progress and the labor of many volunteers are at the 2008 stream blog and 2009 stream blog.

This progress demonstrates that sustained work by volunteers can improve the health of our public natural lands.  Be part of the on-going transformation and join us Saturday!

NOTE: Access to the Preserve is off First Ave. S. for this event.  You cannot reach the project via the 2nd Ave. S.W. entrance due to the bridge closure.  Details on access are in the attached flier.

RSVP so I can bring enough tools and donuts.

Due to the duration and location of the work at the end of the trail in the heart of the Preserve, there will be no porta-potty – plan accordingly!

Dennis Clark
Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward
Miller/Walker Creeks Basin Stewardship

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