Northwest NEWS

September 3, 2001


Volunteers needed for Sammamish ReLeaf

WOODINVILLE - Grab your shovel and gardening gloves and head on over to Woodinville's Tourist District on NE 145th Street on Saturday, Oct. 6.
   This year's restoration project site is across from the Willows Lodge, north of the pedestrian bridge over the Sammamish River.
   Event parking will be at Chateau Ste. Michelle only, as there will be several events in the area at the same time. A shuttle will be running from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to whisk voluneers to the site.
   Volunteers will gather from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to plant an estimated 2,000 willow, fir and spruce trees along a 700-foot stretch of the riverbank. An additional planting of salvaged native trees that were potted up earlier in the year by area elementary school students will be installed in a "Family Planting Area" away from the water's edge. After the planting, volunteers will be placing burlap between the newly placed trees and woodchips as mulch to hold down weed growth and retain moisture.
   Prior to the planting event the city will clear and grub the site of noxious and invasive weed species and install silt fencing, said Park Planner Bob Wuotila, who is organizing the annual event with City Volunteer Coordinator, John Markuson.
   Volunteer planters should come dressed for the weather "hat and sunscreen if it's sunny, waterproof gear if it's raining and be prepared to work and get dirty." says Markuson.
   All event participants must complete a volunteer agreement form. A parent's signature is required for all volunteers under 18.
   Forms can be picked up in advance at the second-floor reception desk at City Hall, and also online at
   For more information, contact John Markuson at (425) 489-2700, Ext. 2230.