Walker Wetland Invasive Plant Removal Work Party Is Saturday, May 1st


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King County Miller/Walker Creek Steward Dennis Clark wants our hard-working Readers to know that there will be an invasive plane removal work party at the Walker Wetland this Saturday, May 1st, from 9am to 11am.

Volunteers are needed to help protect the health of the Walker Wetland by removing invasive, non-native plants.

According to Clark, the biggest problem is Himalayan blackberry, which requires volunteers to cut the canes and then dig up the root balls – hard work but satisfying.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome but children under age 14 need to be accompanied by a parent or an adult. Those under 18 will require a signed permission form.

According to a flier, volunteers need to being “an eager attitude, sturdy shoes or boots, leather-palmed gloves and a filled water bottle”; tools and snacks will be provided, but we advise that you make sure not to confuse the two.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Walker Wetland Invasive Plant Removal Party

WHEN: Saturday, May 1st from 9am – 11am

WHERE: Park on S. 176th St. east of Des Moines Memorial Drive. Please do not park on Des Moines Memorial Drive (link to map).

INFO: From a flier:

Join us Saturday, May.1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., to remove invasive plants at the Walker Wetland.

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 under age 14 need to be accompanied by a parent or an adult. Those under 18 will require a signed permission form.

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.

Celebrate spring in the green – the green of the Walker Wetland!
View from inside the wetland. Stewardship is needed to preserve the health of the wetland and the larger Walker Creek 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. Control work began in 2009 and we will expand the cleared area on May 1.

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.

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

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

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One Response to “Walker Wetland Invasive Plant Removal Work Party Is Saturday, May 1st”
  1. 3TreeCellars says:

    Would that “invasive plane” (first paragraph) be a Fokker or Airbus?

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