Volunteers Needed to Remove Invasive Plants at Walker Preserve Saturday


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Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant removal work party in the Walker Preserve from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22.

Help is needed to seek out English ivy and remove it from trees and pull roots out of the ground, as well as to seek out Himalayan blackberry plants, cut them back, and then dig out the root balls.

“Since 2008, volunteers in Walker Preserve have removed large amounts of invasive plants and planted many native trees and shrubs,” reads an announcement.”You can help restore native vegetation along the creek to benefit salmon and other wildlife.”

Walker Preserve is in the City of Normandy Park, along Walker Creek.

This stewardship project is a joint effort of the City of Normandy Park, and the Miller and Walker Creeks Stewardship program.

WHAT: Work Party to remove invasive plants in the Walker Preserve.

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW. in Normandy Park, up the road from Normandy Park City Hall.  If driving, your parking options include:

  • Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W.
  • On the street along SW. 168th St.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please plan ahead – this park does not have a restroom.

Activities:

  • Seek out English ivy and remove it from trees and pull roots out of the ground.  Seek out Himalayan blackberry plants, cut them back, and then dig out the root balls.

What to bring:

  • Your enthusiasm
  • Clothing that will protect you from the rain and blackberry thorns
  • Filled water bottle, gloves if you have them

We provide:

  • Gloves
  • Tools
  • Snacks

This volunteer event is an opportunity to visit a pleasant park along Walker Creek. The City of Normandy Park and volunteers rebuilt the footbridge over the creek, and neighbors and other volunteers have made a lot of progress restoring the native plant community in this park. This work will help regenerate a native forest and protect fish and other wildlife. Please sign up if you can, or decide to show up at the last minute!

Sign up and questions: Elissa Ostergaard, elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.gov, 206-296-1909 (Saturday, September 22 only: 206-707-6549).

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