Friends of the Forest: Remove invasive plants this Saturday at Snoqualmie Point Park
April 11, 2012 · 4:39 PM
For "Friends of the Forest Day," Saturday, April 14, volunteers of all ages can sign up to remove invasive plants at Snoqualmie Point Park just off of Interstate 90.
In the late 1990s there was a plan to develop eight office buildings on the site which had once been a winery and later was zoned for industrial development. A partnership of citizens, elected officials, agencies, The Trust for Public Land and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust worked to preserve and build this as a City of Snoqualmie park.
Volunteers participating in Friends of the Forest Day will work at the park on a mixture of US Forest Service, WA Department of Natural Resources, and City of Snoqualmie lands. These partner organizations and dedicated individuals have made this park, with its sweeping views into the Snoqualmie Valley and the Cascades, a very special place.
The NFF’s Friends of the Forest Day program is a fun, hands-on way for people to help support meaningful restoration projects for the benefit of National Forest lands. These family-friendly events are designed to be engaging, educational, and have a real impact on the ground.
“The National Forest Foundation is honored to partner with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and expand our partnership in this way by co-hosting this volunteer stewardship event,” said Kathleen Dowd-Gailey of the National Forest Foundation. “Engaging people in the care and enjoyment of our shared public lands is a key component of NFF’s mission. Through projects such as this we hope to further the understanding of the benefits National Forests and public lands provide to everyone.”
In 2012, the National Forest Foundation granted the Greenway Trust funds to help turn former forest roads into trails in the Granite Creek Basin. Work on this project will begin in July. Volunteers at this year’s Friends of the Forest Day, which celebrates people getting out onto natural lands, will be working hard to make a difference at the park but they will also get the opportunity to learn more about the roads-to-trails project and how to join volunteer efforts this summer.
Interested volunteers for Friends of the Forest Day are asked to sign up at mtsgreenway.org.