Volunteers are needed for an invasive plant removal work party at Walker Preserve this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“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 can continue to grow. Ivy removal is easiest at this time of year, when the ground is moist, and other plants are dormant.”
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:
WHAT: Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal Party
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
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. S.W.
- On the street along SW. 168th St
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.
- 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
- HOT STARBUCKS COFFEE & snacks
- Leather/cotton gloves