Volunteers to plant native trees in Twin Ponds Park Saturday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stream in Twin Ponds
Photo by Vicki Westberg
The southern end of Twin Ponds Park will be the site of a volunteer work party next Saturday, November 18 from 10:00am to 1:00pm rain or shine.

Shoreline citizens have embarked on an effort to restore native habitat along Thornton Creek in Twin Ponds Park and next Saturday they will install Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce trees.

Everyone is invited to come to the work party along First Avenue one block north of NE 149th St across from Aegis Assisted Living near the southern part of the park. The project site is adjacent to the parking lot near NE 149th St.

Stewards trained in environmental restoration by the Washington Native Plant Society have been leading efforts to recover valuable habitat along Thornton creek. Volunteers have removed enough weeds to fill more than two large dumpsters and two areas near the bridge across the creek are ready for planting.

This riparian and wetland area once sheltered spawning salmon. This fall as the weeds were removed, valuable native plants that still survive were revealed. Volunteers have found licorice fern, lady fern and wild lily of the valley, plus water parsley that grows in the stream with salmonberry shrubs and willow trees nearby.

The restoration team hopes to see other wildlife return to the area. Perhaps small mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles will find the stream area habitable again. Birds and pollinating insects should also increase. This may become a spot where park visitors can experience a more natural environment with an opportunity for study and learning about wildlife habitat.

If our restoration goals are to be met, we will need regular help from local citizens and neighbors. We hope you are able to join us on Saturday.

Please dress in warm layers. Bring water, boots, rain gear, work gloves and your own tools if you have them. Some gloves, tools, light snacks and water will be provided. Park near NE 149th Street near the southern end of the park across from Aegis Assisted Living. Parking lot may be full. (Avoid the lot at NE 155th St.) Contact us to let us know you are coming or for questions you may have.

This project is sponsored by the Shoreline Department of Parks and Recreation, King Conservation District and the Washington Native Plant Society.



2 comments:

Anonymous,  November 16, 2017 at 2:12 PM  

Why do volunteers need to avoid the lot on 155th? That's the same park, yes?

Anonymous,  November 16, 2017 at 5:36 PM  

Can this be done in Innis Arden along Boeing Creek and Hidden Lake?

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