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Plant now to keep the Valley green and lush

By Editorial Board
SnoValley Star
The scenery here in Snoqualmie Valley is stunning. Look around at the lush evergreen trees, mountain peaks and rivers. Despite our worst efforts at building acres of parking lots in the greater Seattle area, the Valley still boasts wild spots and open spaces.

The scenery here in Snoqualmie Valley is stunning. Look around at the lush evergreen trees, mountain peaks and rivers.

Despite our worst efforts at building acres of parking lots in the greater Seattle area, the Valley still boasts wild spots and open spaces.

Our neighbors in the big city don’t worry about who will get to our trash first – the garbage collectors or the bears. They also don’t have to fuss about elk nibbling on their flowers.

Thousands of hikers come from afar to marvel at the natural beauty of the Valley. We get to enjoy the wildlife and the magnificent scenery on a daily basis.

That doesn’t mean our area is immune from the incursions of civilization.

Take the Tollgate Forest in North Bend as an example.

Historically that land was filled with towering evergreen trees.

So what was one of the first things our forefathers and early settlers to the area did? Cut down the big trees to clear land for farming and grazing fields for livestock.

We’ve gotten a bit smarter in the last 100-plus years. We now know that the evergreens help clean our air by providing oxygen and reducing greenhouse gases. They provide shade. They help cool creeks and streams for fish and filter pollutants from the soil. They provide homes for wildlife.

North Bend city officials and the Mountains to Sound Greenway folks are celebrating Arbor Day Nov. 22 with a tree planting day.

Volunteers are needed to help plant evergreens in the Tollgate Forest where scrub trees have taken root. (Evergreens eventually crowd out the scrub growth.)

The partnership with the city and Mountains to Sound will provide the trees and the plan.

All they need is the volunteer labor.

As the article on page 2 describes, you can choose to work just a few hours in the morning or afternoon or all day.

It is easy to sign up at www.mtsgreenway.org.

Your sweat equity will be a good investment in the future of the Valley and keeping it lush and green.

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