More volunteers needed to plant trees at Fenster Park

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To date, the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group and its volunteers have spread mulch, removed 5,000 square feet of non-native invasive species, and planted approximately 500 native trees and shrubs at Auburn’s Fenster Nature Park.

But more trees are needed to restore and maintain the banks of the Green River for the sake of the beleaguered salmon and the environment.

“We regularly organize events, but unfortunately we were not able to plant the number of trees we had hoped for,” said Erik Rigaux, stewardship coordinator for the MSFEG.

Rigaux said the organization wants to plant another 700 plants in the ground over the next month before the planting season ends. The group has set April 2 as the closing day for its ambitious volunteer tree-planting campaign in the park at 2027 4th St. SE.

Water temperatures that are too warm for salmon have been identified as a major problem in the Green River, especially as they are exacerbated by climate change. Healthy forests along the Green River provide essential shade to cool the water.

Here is the work schedule ending April 2:

March 12: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fenster Nature Park

March 26 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will work alongside not only the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, but also the Green River Coalition and the City of Auburn, spreading mulch, removing non-native invasive species like the Himalayan blackberry, and planting native trees and shrubs.

What to bring

● Clothing that welcomes dirt, such as jeans and heavy pants, or skirts or dresses with leggings underneath (essentially any outfit that covers those legs) is appropriate;

● Shorts or capris are not recommended;

● MSFEG will provide work gloves, but feel free to bring your favorite pair;

● Rain jacket and rain pants;

● Closed-toe shoes are essential, and sturdy trainers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal;

● Full water bottles and snacks.

● MSFEG will provide water, but bring a water bottle to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

The event is open to everyone, including students who need hours of service. Volunteers must be prepared to sweat

To register, visit https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3442474.jsp.

Car park

Park along the road on 4th St. SE before entering the site. There are many no parking signs, so make sure you park legally. Follow the signs indicating the construction site. If you are using GPS, please check with a map.

The King County Flood Control District, WRIA 9’s “Regreen-the-Green” grant program, and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Waterworks Program are funding the work.


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