October 11, 1999
The ReLeaf effort was a wonderful example of what can be done through enthusiastic participation of our citizens with competent leadership and planning by the city's staff. I hope that everyone interested in the beautification of our city and the restoration of the salmon habitat will go to the area just south of Wilmot Park to see the results of the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs along the west side of the Sammamish Slough.
Through the dedicated efforts of many citizens, young and old, the invading pest plants, including blackberries, have been removed and replaced by native plants that will restore the natural beauty of the area and provide shade to the river.
I do not know all of the organizations and companies that participated in this effort and deserve our thanks. However, I do want to recognize the outstanding effort volunteered by the Hos Bros. Company.
An emergency call to Hos Bros. resulted in their dispatching a very large backhoe and two large trucks to the site early in the afternoon of Oct. 1. Their backhoe operator and truck drivers worked until dark on the 1st and returned at 7 a.m. on Oct. 2nd and worked to the finish, removing approximately 25 truckloads of root material before the planting volunteers showed up at 9:30 a.m.
Without the dedicated volunteer effort of the Hos Bros. and their personnel, the planting effort along the river bank would have been nearly impossible.
Sadly, an adult bike rider passing the ongoing effort yelled, "Still wasting the taxpayers money?" to the Hos Bros volunteers.
Fortunately we have many people who volunteer their time and effort to make this a better place to live. The people of our community can be proud of what we've begun and will be able to enjoy the re-leafing of the river in the years to come.
Austin T. Winant, Woodinville