Northwest NEWS

January 3, 2000


Bothell needs volunteers to monitor, maintain plantings

   In October, over 200 volunteers flocked to Horse Creek, the little stream next to Bothell Landing, to plant trees and shrubs along the banks to help improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality.

   In the months and years that follow, an occasional person might stop by to see how those trees are faring. Unfortunately, few restoration projects have long-term resources to keep out invasive weeds and help the plants survive in the first few years when they are vulnerable.

   To make sure those plants survive, volunteers are invited to join in monitoring and maintaining this and other restoration sites. The City of Bothell and the Sammamish Watershed Forum are co-sponsoring this effort as part of a regional project that targets several restoration sites throughout the Sammamish Watershed.

   A free training session is scheduled for January 9th at 9 a.m. Meet in the gravel parking lot across from the Park at Bothell Landing. Volunteer field work will continue on the first Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. at this site or the first Saturday of each month at a site near Blyth Park.

   The training schedule is as follows:

   Dress for the weather. Bring rain gear, rubber or "get muddy" boots or shoes, warm clothing (hat, gloves, layers), snack and water, pencils, and camera. Tools, forms, training, and plans will be provided.

   To sign up or get more information about this and other restoration sites, contact Chrys at (425) 837-3442 or