Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal at Walker Preserve Saturday


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Volunteers are needed to help plant native plants and remove invasive ones from 9 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, Oct. 19; here’s the scoop:

Since 2008, volunteers in Walker Preserve have removed large amounts of invasive plants and planted many native trees and shrubs.  You can help – no experience is required! We will be planting hemlocks and redtwig dogwood stakes, and removing ivy – making sure native plants can continue to grow.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – noon   

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 St. and Second Ave. S.W.
  • On the street along 2nd Ave SW

From the black metal gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.

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

Activities:

  • Plant native western hemlocks and redtwig dogwood
  • Remove English ivy from trees and pull roots out of the ground.  Find Himalayan blackberry plants, cut them back, and then dig out the roots.

What to bring:

  • Clothing that will protect you from the rain, cold, or heat, and thorny plants (long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes)
  • Filled water bottle, gloves and a shovel if you have them

We provide:

  • HOT STARBUCKS COFFEE & snacks
  • Work gloves
  • Tools
  • Show & Tell – how to plant a tree, how to remove ivy and compost it on site

Sign up and questions: Call or email Elissa Ostergaard, [email protected]gov, (206) 477-4792 (Saturday only: (206) 707-6549)

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!

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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