Kevin Farrow (left), Brandyn Ward (back), and Charmaine Hartshorn helped plant trees and shrubs along Colin Creek.
Students at Wilder Elementary recently undertook a revegetation project along the banks of Colin Creek in the Lake of the Woods community. King County supplied 500 plants for the project and Wilder provided 200.
During the four-day project, each of the students in grades K-6 had the opportunity to plant at least one tree or shrub. But the project was more than just a revegetation project.
The State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has certified the area as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, and the new native shrubs and trees will provide more food and shelter to wildlife in the area. The project is the culmination of a two-year effort to remove a 100-year-old logging railroad bed and culvert that was a barrier to fish migration and restore the creek to pre-1900 condition.
The plantings will help prevent erosion from entering the stream, which drains into Welcome Lake, which in turn eventually empties into Big Bear Creek. The new plantings will also provide shade to keep the stream water cool and provide cover for salmon.