Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Green Seattle Partnership lead Seward Park shoreline restoration
The Seward Park shoreline restoration effort will give the community more opportunities for engagement in 2014, including 15 restoration events, youth field trips and a leadership workshop. Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, supported by funding from the Google Green Grants program, and Green Seattle Partnership will lead the outreach and restoration work, which plays a key piece of the puzzle in the watershed’s salmon recovery efforts.
“We’re proud to be selected to partner with the Green Seattle Partnership again on the Seward Park shoreline restoration project this year,” said Keri Pravitz, executive director of Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. “Community-supported habitat restoration is at the core of our work in how we engage our local community with the health of our local watershed, salmon recovery efforts, and the many benefits it gives to our irreplaceable environment and local youth.”
“We help fund this kind of work because it’s so important to carbon reduction,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Western Region Public Affairs and Government Relations Manager for Google. “It’s great to see these projects take off this year, engaging the local community in restoring key habitats.”
The Seward Park shoreline is a restoration focus area since scientists have identified the south end of Lake Washington as an important area by the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Plan for juvenile Chinook salmon as they out-migrate from the Cedar River to Puget Sound via the lake. The restoration work, which has been funded by a large donation, will involve removing invasive weeds such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and Scot’s broom to allow native plants to recapture the shoreline and be able to provide shade in the water, hospitable habitat and resting areas that are essential for salmon survival.
“This is an example of a multi-faceted project that achieves multiple goals: restoring critical habitat for salmon, boosting the health of our urban forests and building community education and skills for a traditionally underserved and ethnically diverse community in South Seattle,” said Jillian Weed of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
New in 2014, The Friends will also be adding youth field trips and community-based workshops to support Green Seattle Partnership’s community education and outreach. The public education program will teach people about the ecological connections between land and water, as well as train existing forest stewards.
During these events, local volunteers will work on removing invasive plants, planting native shrubs and trees, provide long term maintenance for the areas and support Green Seattle Partnership’s goal to “promote a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining healthy forested parklands throughout Seattle” via local community engagement.
“It’s not timid work,” said Scott Becker, volunteer with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. “But at the end of the day, you have a real sense of accomplishment. The energy is contagious, and it really feels like you’ve done something worthwhile.”
Restoration Leadership Workshop
Saturday, March 22
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Join Friends of the Cedar River Watershed at Seward Park for a workshop on community restoration leadership and learn how to educate and inspire volunteers, enhance community building at work parties and manage various volunteer groups throughout the seasons.
Volunteer Habitat Restoration Event
Saturday, March 22
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join us along the shore of Lake Washington to weed invasive plants, build compost platforms, mulch recently planted native trees and shrubs, and restore habitat to a more natural and sustainable state. By working together, we will rejuvenate this site, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and create a lasting community legacy for years to come!
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