Volunteers needed to help restore Walker Preserve this Saturday, April 19


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Volunteers are needed to help restore Walker Preserve this Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. – Noon.

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

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 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 2nd Ave. SW
  • 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.

Check the Miller-Walker Volunteer Calendar for updates on Friday, 4/18, in case of emergency cancellation:  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/stinging plants (long sleeves, a cap, rain gear, warm layers, rubber boots or other sturdy shoes)
  • Filled water bottle (tools optional:  pruners and a shovel are most useful)

PROVIDED:

  • 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 (or 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 recently rebuilt the footbridge, 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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