We so are fortunate to partner with the UW Restoration Ecology Network, a University of Washington program that pairs student teams with community partners to work on important restoration projects throughout the region.
Each year, a team of UW-REN students designs and implements a restoration project in North Creek Forest as their Senior Capstone Project. We help with tools, outreach, logistics, and of course the refreshments to keep everyone going on work party days!
This year’s UW-REN team has taken on an ambitious project – clearing invasives, grass, and many years of neighborhood yard waste debris from the 1/3 acre site at the corner of 108th Ave NE and NE 204th St.
The project is well underway, with many of the invasives cleared, natives planted, numerous fascines placed to stabilize the slope, and over 140 cubic yards of mulch spread.
Last Friday, we took on one of the most daunting of the tasks on the project plan – removing a brush pile that had accumulated over many years. Over the course of four hours, we were able to clear the entire slope, and while we may have disturbed a few mice and salamanders in the process, the habitat that will be created through the restoration efforts will contribute to the wildlife habitat value as well as human enjoyment of this part of North Creek Forest.
Our next work party is Saturday, March 7, from 10am-2pm (we will break mid-day for a BBQ). We have plenty of invasive species still to remove, mulch to spread, and lots of planting to do. We provide tools and gloves. All ages are welcome, and you do not to need stay for the whole time.
We hope to see you in the Forest! Your RSVP helps us plan – thank you!
Our work is made possible by a grant from:
The Rose Foundation: Puget Sound Mitigation Fund
a grantmaking fund created by: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, as well as generous support from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and the Peach Foundation.