Volunteer for National Public Lands Day

Celebrate public lands in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley! Join the Greenway and partners on September 22nd, 2018 for a day of stewardship and celebration.

Middle Fork Valley

The Greater Seattle Area and its neighboring towns are intimately connected to public lands. In less than an hour, you can leave Seattle by bus or car and access the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Valley, a 110,000-acre landscape that stretches from the lower elevation valley floor to wild Cascade peaks reaching nearly 8,000 feet. The Middle Fork is 98% publicly-owned and managed by the United States Forest Service, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and King County with collaborative support from partner nonprofits, businesses, and community members.

On this National Public Lands Day, rally with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and our many partners on special stewardship projects that will help protect the scenic character and ecological integrity of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley. Lend your support and join the thousands of volunteers across the nation to give back and celebrate our public lands!

Choose a Volunteer Stewardship Project

Join a volunteer stewardship event with the Greenway Trust and partners, and stick around afterwards for the Cheers for Volunteers celebration hosted by REI Co-op at the Middle Fork Campground with food, drinks, and raffle prizes. All volunteer events are 9am – 1pm. Arrive at the Middle Fork Trailhead a few minutes early to sign in and enjoy coffee donated by our partners. (Registration required.)

Cheers for Volunteers Afterparty with REI

Post-volunteering, enjoy food, beer, pub trivia, guest speakers and more as volunteers join the Greenway and partners for a celebration hosted by REI Co-op! Celebration will be at the Middle Fork Campground from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garfield Ledges Trail Build

Help us complete the Garfield Ledges Trail, the newest scenic vista trail in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley. When finished, the trail will wind gently through mature second growth forest on the western slope of the Middle Fork Valley’s most iconic peak, Mount Garfield. Volunteers will help build rock retention structures, fill in and define trail surfaces, and cut back obstacles in the trail surface.

Hosted by the Washington Trails Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Garfield Ledges Trailhead Restoration and Maintenance

The Garfield Ledges Trailhead was completed in the summer of 2018 and serves access to the new Garfield Ledges Trail and the Snoqualmie Lake and Quartz Creek trails. Come support the Greenway Trust and the United States Forest Service to maintain and enhance the trailhead by transplanting native vegetation at various restoration sites and help construct picnic tables for day-use along the Taylor River.

Hosted by the United States Forest Service and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Middle Fork Trailhead and Pratt River Trail Work

The Middle Fork Trailhead is the primary setting-off point in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley for trail users in the equine community. For riders, this area is a gem, offering day rides and primitive overnight camping through old growth and mature second growth, by cascading waterfalls, and along wild and scenic rivers with regular views of dramatic mountain scenery. Work alongside members of this community to maintain and enhance recreational infrastructure to support safe and continued access for them and their animals. Learn from long-time riders about the importance of horse and mule support in maintaining our trails and public lands.

Hosted by the Backcountry Horseman of Washington and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Restoration at the Middle Fork Natural Area

Join the Greenway Trust and King County Parks and Recreation to restore native conifer canopy along the Middle Fork River at the Middle Fork Natural Area. Help us remove invasive species that have been introduced by boot and tire tread, wildlife, and road construction. With more people in the Middle Fork, it is important to remove invasive species from the area before they can establish and crowd out important native vegetation. Volunteers will focus on removing invasive blackberry plants to make room for native tree plantings.

Hosted by King County Parks and Recreation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Granite Creek Trail Maintenance

The Granite Creek trail offers a quiet getaway from the popular hikes along I-90. Hikers will wander switchbacks through second growth forest among the massive stumps of once-towering old growth with occasional views of the Middle Fork Valley. The Greenway Trust and volunteers are working hard to maintain this trail, but the work is ongoing. In addition to reoccurring trail maintenance tasks, volunteers will work alongside leaders to restore habitat along the Granite Creek Trail.

Hosted by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Middle Fork River Access and Put-In Maintenance

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River offers the most accessible and convenient intermediate whitewater recreation for the Greater Seattle area. Despite its proximity to the city, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River winds through a forested river valley giving paddlers a sense of remoteness. For local paddlers, the 7.6 mile “Middle-Middle,” beginning at the concrete bridge by Granite Creek Flats downstream to the SE Tanner Road in North Bend, is a popular after work paddle for local boaters. Join the local paddling community and others to maintain habitat by removing invasive weeds at Tanner Landing Park, a popular river access point.

Hosted by King County Parks and Recreation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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