Volunteers needed to restore Walker Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 8


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Volunteers are needed to help restore Walker Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. – Noon., and this event will be cancelled if less than eight people sign up by Thursday, Feb. 6.

“No experience is required!” reads an announcement. “We will remove invasive plants to restore the forest near Walker Creek.”

Volunteers are asked to RSVP by clicking here to email Elissa Ostergaard, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 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!

This event will be cancelled if less than 8 people sign up by Thursday, 2/6.  Check the Miller-Walker Volunteer Calendar for updates on Friday, 2/7 http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/watersheds/central-puget-sound/miller-walker-creeks/volunteer.aspx

Activities:

  • 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 (rain gear, warm layers, rubber boots or other sturdy shoes)
  • Filled water bottle, gloves and a shovel if you have them

We provide:

  • HOT STARBUCKS COFFEE & snacks
  • Work gloves
  • Tools
  • Training about how to remove invasive plants and compost them on site

Sign up and questions: Call or email Elissa Ostergaard, elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.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

For more information, contact Elissa Ostergaard, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward, at (206) 477-4792  or elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.gov.

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