Beverages, snacks, work gloves, and tools will be provided, but bring a lunch and extra water. Volunteers will spend the day restoring habitat adjacent to Gold Creek near Snoqualmie Pass in the Interstate 90 corridor by pulling invasive plant species and planting native plant species.
Background: Because Gold Creek pond is important for recreation, an ADA accessible trail and a trailhead into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness – this location sees a lot of human traffic. The high traffic has trampled native habitat, and it's in need of restoration. Last year volunteers planted nearly 6,000 native plants there and this summer we are spreading wood chips and straw across all of our planting areas to reduce the growth of invasive weeds and increase moisture retention. Starting in September, we’ll return to the site to plant additional natives.
Help us improve habitat in this vital wildlife corridor by distributing wood chips and straw to recent planting areas. If you have your own favorite gardening gloves, feel free to bring those as well.
When: Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Who: U.S. Forest Service, Conservation Northwest, Volunteers.
Where: Gold Creek Pond on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Directions: Meet at the Gold Creek pond parking lot. Drive Interstate 90 east to Exit 54, two miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Take the exit to turn north, crossing under the freeway. A few hundred feet north of the highway interchange, turn right onto a narrow paved road (Forest Service road 4832) and drive east parallel to the freeway for one mile. Turn left on Gold Creek Road (142) and then left again in 0.3 mile into the lot. You are there.