Bear Creek Bonanza needs planters
Residents interested in improving water quality and fish habitat along Bear Creek are invited to help plant native trees and shrubs Oct. 5 at the historic Conrad Olson Farm in Redmond. This "Bear Creek Bonanza" is sponsored by the King County Surface Water Management Division and the City of Redmond.
Redmond and King County are hoping to recruit at least 300 volunteers to help plant 4,500 native trees and shrubs during two shifts. The first shift will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second between noon and 4 p.m. Together with logs placed along the creek banks this summer, the new trees and shrubs will enhance habitat for salmon and wildlife and reduce erosion, improving water quality.
The Bear Creek Bonanza is a public/private partnership that combines the resources of community volunteers, local government, and business to meet community environmental goals. It is the first in a series of habitat restoration projects in the Lower Bear Creek corridor over the next five years aimed at improving and protecting this important resource.
This project is also the first step in the development of a City of Redmond park along Bear Creek. Long-range plans for the park include a multi-use trail, historic building preservation, and an interpretive center.
The Bear Creek Basin is the most productive salmon spawning system for its size in the Puget Sound area. Despite increasing urbanization, Bear Creek has retained good water quality, acres of diverse wetlands, and a large number of salmon. Committed citizens and businesses have helped maintain the health of this system.
Residents interested in participating in the event should meet on Oct. 5 at the Conrad Olson Farm, located off Avondale Road Northeast along Northeast 95th Street. Volunteers should wear old work clothes and sturdy boots and bring gloves, planting tools, and a wheelbarrow, if they can. The city and county will provide tools for those without.
For more information or to sign up for one of the shifts, call Polly Freeman at King County at 296-8359, or Kim Danner at Redmond at 556-2822.