Urban Forestry Restoration: Helping our trees help us

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BOTHELL — The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program, is an opportunity to enhance 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.

A Puget Sound Corps team from DNR will work with City of Bothell staff to remove invasive English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, Reed canarygrass, and Scotch broom from several sites along North Creek and the Sammamish River.

These invasive non-native plants prevent forested areas from providing the community the full benefits and services of healthy forests by competing for water and nutrients and, in some cases, even killing trees.

Many undesirable plants that grow in dense thickets harbor rats and other vermin, creating a public safety hazard as well. Once the unwelcome plants are gone, native vegetation will be planted in its place.

To learn more about how to volunteer and participate in Bothell’s future, visit the City website at

For more information about the Urban Forestry Restoration Project, visit or contact Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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