Volunteers to help clean-up during fall foliage in Issaquah

October 21, 2013 by  

To get up and personal with nature during this fall season, conservation-minded Issaquah residents can sign up to volunteer with Green Kirkland Partnership.

The non-profit organization, in alliance with Earthcorps and Volunteer Native Plant Stewards, offers many work sessions designed to beautify and clean-up local parks in and around Kirkland. Participants usually remove invasive plants (such as ivy and blackberry), sheet mulching, and plant native species. The partnership works with the City of Kirkland, as well as the community and local businesses, to restore over 400 acres of forest, wetlands, native vegetation, and streams in its parklands.

On Saturdays, volunteers from around the area will be working at Juanita Bay Park, Everest Park, Watershed Park, and Juanita Heights Park. On Thursday mornings, volunteers work at Juanita Bay Park, while on most Wednesday mornings they labor at Cotton Hill Park and Carillon Woods. Support comes from the King Conservation District, the Urban and Community Forestry Program, and the USDA Forest Service.

The weekend after next, Evert Park will be the targeted site. Participants are advised to dress appropriately and bring waterproofs, wear sturdy shoes, take snacks, and carry water in closed bottles. Training and tools will be provided, and registration is required.

Businesses such as print companies may want to advertise with flyer printing to announce already planned events or work with staff to organize an event for their own group. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The event at Evert Park will be held on November 2, from 9:00 am until noon.