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I-90 - Gold Creek Chip and Weed Pull Party

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Aug 15 - We need you, outside, for wildlife for a chip and weed pull party! Volunteers spend the day helping restore and connect wildlife habitat adjacent to Gold Creek and freeway wildlife underpasses near Snoqualmie Pass.

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  • Work party
When Aug 15, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Where Gold Creek pond, exit 54 off I-90
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We need your help! Volunteers spend the day helping restore and connect habitat adjacent to Gold Creek near Snoqualmie Pass in the Interstate 90 corridor, reducing invasives and recovering native plants. Help us improve habitat in this vital wildlife corridor by distributing wood chips and straw to recent planting areas, and removing invasive weeds.

RSVP required

This habitat where we’ll be working is directly north of the two underpasses being constructed through the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project to facilitate safer wildlife movement and restore the flow and function of Gold Creek.

Beverages, snacks, work gloves, and tools will be provided, but bring a lunch and extra water. If you have your own favorite gardening gloves, feel free to bring those as well.

Why are we doing this? Because Gold Creek pond is important for recreation interests with its picnic areas, an ADA accessible trail and a trailhead into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness – this location sees a lot of human traffic that has trampled native habitat. Last year volunteers planted nearly 6,000 native plants at Gold Creek pond, and this summer we are looking to spread wood chips and straw across all of our planting areas to reduce the growth of invasive weeds and increase moisture retention around these new plants in their first summer. We'll also remove invasive weeds that have grown in our planting areas, and return to plant additional natives starting in September.

Sponsored by U.S. Forest Service and Conservation Northwest
Directions: Meet at the Gold Creek pond parking lot. Drive Interstate 90 east to Exit 54, 2 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 (FS 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.
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