Project Background & Description
With the support of thousands of volunteer hours, this preserve has undergone incredible transition over the past 5 years with the persistent removal of various invasive weeds to enhance and protect the western pond turtle populations that inhabit this area. Western pond turtles are listed as endangered in Washington state and, in partnership with Washington Fish and Wildlife, all stewardship efforts here focus on protecting critical habitat. There are three primary ponds on site buffered by forest and meadows. The meadows had been overgrown with Himalayan blackberry among other invasive weeds. Now, after 5 years of removing weeds we are ready to seed and plant this fall! But first, we must tackle the crucial task of clearing out the dead plant debris to make room for native seeds. We will mostly be raking away dead non-native grasses and will also have other minor site prep projects.
W?e will break up the day and give our rake muscles a rest with a site tour and overview of restoration efforts at this preserve.
Physical work includes walking and raking light plant debris in an uneven dirt meadow. The project site is about a .25 walk along a grassy trail.
Site Notes: There is poison oak on site that we will identify and avoid. There is no official restroom.
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A confirmation email with directions will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Skelly at email@example.com or 503-501-6351.