Sign Up to Restore Habitat at South Woods
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is enlisting the help of volunteers to restore Shoreline’s South Woods lowland forest on Sunday, November 6th from 10 am – 2 pm. This event marks the Greenway’s first habitat restoration project in the City of Shoreline- a city recently officially recognized in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, the area surrounding I-90 stretching from the shores of Puget Sound in Seattle over the Cascade Mountains into Eastern Washington.
In 2011, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust adopted official boundaries for its 1.5 million acre landscape known as the Mountains to Sound Greenway. With these boundaries came new cities and towns for the Greenway Trust to reach out to, including Shoreline. As the Greenway Trust makes a long-term commitment to these new communities, more volunteers will be able to invest in these restoration sites year after year, returning to participate in the ongoing task of environmental stewardship.
“We are excited to extend our restoration efforts into the City of Shoreline,” says Greenway Executive Director Cynthia Welti. “Volunteers will get to know these special places and contribute to making them accessible for people and healthy for wildlife. They do valuable work for the Greenway, and at the same time they are getting outside and enjoying themselves.”
Sponsored in part by the City of Shoreline and Carter Motors, this event helps commemorate the local auto retailer’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. A long-time supporter of the Greenway, Carter Motors plants one tree in the Greenway for every test drive and plants three more when a vehicle is purchased. Since 2008, Carter Subaru’s “On the Road to Carbon Neutral” program has planted 45,000 trees in the Greenway. Planting events are part of a campaign to plant over 20,000 native trees and shrubs in natural areas in the Greenway this year.
Native trees are critical to the health of the Pacific Northwest. Trees improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases, shade creeks and streams cooling water for threatened salmon, reduce erosion and filter pollutants, improving water quality, and providing important wildlife habitat.