REMINDER: Volunteers Needed for Walker Preserve Work Party Friday


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REMINDER: Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant removal work party at Walker Preserve from 2 – 5 p.m. this Friday, April 12.

“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 – no experience is required! We will be removing ivy – making sure the trees and other native plants can continue to grow.”

This volunteer event is an opportunity to visit a pleasant park in the City of Normandy Park, along Walker Creek. The City of Normandy Park and volunteers rebuilt the footbridge over the creek last year, and neighbors and other volunteers have made a lot of progress restoring the native plant community in this park. This work will help native plants thrive, and provide shade and food for the salmon that live in the creek. Please sign up if you can, or decide to show up at the last minute!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2013, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (NOTE: previously-scheduled ivy pulls for Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 20 are cancelled).

WHERE: Walker Preserve park, 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 park at SW 171st Street and 2nd Ave SW.
  • On the street along SW 168th Street.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan ahead – this park does not have a restroom. From the gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.

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 cold.
  • Filled water bottle, gloves if you have them.
  • Shovel, hand pruners, pick if you have them.

PROVIDED:

  • HOT STARBUCKS COFFEE & snacks!
  • Leather/cotton gloves.
  • Tools.
  • Training.

Sign up and questions: Call or email Elissa Ostergaard: elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.gov, 206-296-1909 (Day of event only: 206-707-6549) to RSVP.

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

Check here for other volunteer opportunities and the Miller-Walker Volunteer Calendar: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/watersheds/central-puget-sound/miller-walker-creeks/volunteer.aspx

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