Summer volunteer habitat restoration events

Summer volunteer habitat restoration events

ConservationNWAdmin / May 16, 2019 / Central Cascades, Habitat Restoration, I-90 Wildlife

Volunteer with us this summer to restore habitat near I-90 wildlife crossings and in the Central Cascades!

Looking for ways to get involved in efforts to protect, connect and restore local wildlands and wildlife? Join us for a habitat restoration work party this summer! Scroll down for RSVP info. 

Join us for a habitat restoration work party this summer! Photo: Paul Bannick

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What to expect:
Activities range from planting native trees and vegetation, to removing invasive plants and garbage clean-up. Sites range from recreation areas and wildlife corridors near new I-90 wildlife bridges, to important forest habitat in the Central Cascades near Highway 410. While some physical activity is required, individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.

Meet-up time is 9:00 a.m., with a brief talk on the work we’ll be doing, safety precautions and why each site is important for conservation. Then, the fun begins! We’ll take a relaxing lunch break, and will wrap up each day around 3:30 pm.

What to bring:
Bring a lunch, filled water bottle, sunscreen and pair of gloves if you have them. We’ll provide coffee, snacks, extra water and tools!

Please fill out our Field Volunteer Waiver Form and email it to outreach (at) conservationnw.org before signing up for a work party.

What to wear:
We’ll be working outside, so be sure to wear some comfortable, durable shoes (like hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes), a hat, and clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. It’s a good idea to bring layers, too, as sometimes the weather can be unpredictable!

Where do I go and how do I get there?
In the sign-up form below, please let us know if you have car, and whether or not you would be willing to carpool. General restoration areas for each volunteer date are noted below, and exact meeting locations will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

Restoring habitat benefits wildlife and recreation areas. Photo: Chase Gunnell

Habitat Restoration locations:
We’ll be primarily working in two important landscapes, the I-90 Wildlife Corridor near Snoqualmie Pass and new wildlife crossings, and the Greenwater area north of Highway 410 between Enumclaw and Chinook Pass in the Central Cascades.

In the I-90 Wildlife Corridor, we’ll restore habitat for the diversity of wildlife near Snoqualmie Pass, including the animals that use nearby wildlife crossings, such as elk, deer, salmon and more! We’ll also enhance popular recreation and camping areas. Most of these work parties occur in late summer, so that the native plants we put in the ground have a good chance at survival and don’t dry out.

In Greenwater, as a part of our Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program, we’ll restore critical habitat in the headwaters of Puyallup/White and Green/Duwamish rivers, which supply the downstream communities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and South Seattle with drinking water. We’ll also go on a light, guided hike to one of our wolverine monitoring camera sites in our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project!

If you have any questions or special accommodation requests, please email outreach (at) conservationnw.org.

Select your date and fill out the sign-up form below!

Please complete our Field Volunteer Waiver Form and email it to outreach (at) conservationnw.org after filling out our sign-up form.

FULL: Saturday, July 20, 2019: Greenwater area

FULL: Sunday, August 11, 2019: Greenwater area

FULL: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (National Wildlife Day!): I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

FULL: Saturday, September 14, 2019: I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

FULL: Wednesday, September 25, 2019: I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

FULL: Saturday, September 28, 2019: I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

Friday, October 11, 2019: I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

Saturday, October 12, 2019: I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor

Volunteers plant vine maples and ocean spray near new I-90 wildlife crossings, understory plants that will help reduce erosion in bare areas and increase the structural diversity of this forest by adding browse and food sources for different wildlife. Photo: Laurel Baum