Weed pullers to make an impact on Tolt river shore
On two Saturdays, March 22 and 29, Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will head to the Tolt River near Carnation to pull Scotch broom and blackberry bushes in preparation for a future tree planting.
The 3.5-acre restoration project site is owned by Girl Scouts Camp River Ranch and Remlinger Farms.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust was awarded a $25,000 Five Star grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with matching funds from Carter Subaru’s Shoreline dealership, to coordinate the restoration work and is looking for volunteers to help get the work done.
Camp River Ranch is a 440-acre facility along the Tolt River that provides youth programs for diverse Puget Sound students. Remlinger Farms is a 350-acre working farm adjacent to the camp that provides locally-grown agricultural products to communities in Puget Sound, and offers educational tours for schools and other groups. Both Camp River Ranch and Remlinger Farms are excited to bring community members out to restore the banks of the Tolt.
The restoration project area consists of sparse deciduous trees surrounded by invasive plants including blackberry, scotch broom, and reed canary grass. The project includes control of the invasive plants and installation of a minimum of 1,000 conifers. These trees will provide a long-lasting forest and will help to reduce river temperatures by providing year-round shade.
The Tolt River is an important resource for the community and region. It is one of two tributaries to the Snoqualmie River that provides critical spawning habitat for Chinook salmon, a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Approximately twenty percent of the Snoqualmie watershed’s Chinook spawn in the Tolt riverbed.
In addition to habitat restoration, students from Riverview Learning Center and Snoqualmie Valley Elementary will get an in-class lesson from Greenway educators about water, soil, trees, and wildlife. Following the in-class time, students will go out to the river where they will be able to connect what they learned in class to the landscape.
This project is part of the Snoqualmie Strategy, a community initiative launched in fall 2013 by Stewardship Partners and the Greenway Trust focused on bringing together the many interests in the valley, finding opportunities for common ground and collaboration, and completing actions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the farms, forests, wildlife and people in the valley.
To learn learn more or sign up for a volunteer event, visit: mtsgreenway.org