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Posted on: December 22, 2014

[ARCHIVED] - Conservation Crew Joins City to Enhance Natural Areas -

Puget SoundCorps

We’re receiving help to enhance important salmon habitat along our creeks.

A Puget SoundCorps team is working with City staff to remove invasive English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and yellow archangel from City of Issaquah open space.

The team has been working to remove invasive plants at sites along Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks. Invasive, non-native plants prevent forested areas from providing our community the full benefits and services of healthy forests by competing for water and nutrients, and in some cases, even killing trees.

"The Puget SoundCorps team has made some significant improvements to several of our City-owned parcels along salmon-spawning streams and natural open space properties in Issaquah,” City Open Space Steward Matt Mechler said.

Once the unwelcome plants are gone, native vegetation will be planted in their place.

"The crew has removed blackberries and other invasive weeds, and planted native trees,” Mechler added. "The newly-planted native trees will help provide shade for the creek and out-compete invasive plants, provide habitat for animals and eventually grow into a healthy forest."

The effort is part of the Urban Forestry Restoration Project. The program, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater, and improve air and water quality, by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Issaquah, go to issaquahwa.gov/volunteer.

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