County seeks volunteers to upgrade habitat along regional trails

January 18, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

King County boasts more than 180 parks, 175 miles of regional trails and 130 miles of backcountry trails — and leaders need citizens’ help soon to maintain the system.

The county Department of Parks and Natural Resources needs volunteers to pitch in to plant native vegetation to enhance stream corridors, forests and wetlands. The process improves wildlife habitat, because the plants provide shade, help keep water cool, and control runoff and erosion.

The agency has numerous projects planned in the Issaquah area — including in 3,115-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park — and in the Issaquah Creek basin.

The upcoming volunteer opportunities run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Feb. 5 — Log Cabin Natural Area along Issaquah Creek
  • Feb. 12 — Beaver Lake Natural Area in Enumclaw
  • Feb. 26 — Lower Lions Natural Area along the Cedar River
  • March 5 — Skyway Park
  • March 12 — Tolt-MacDonald Park
  • March 19 — Marymoor Connector Trail
  • March 26 — Chinook Bend Natural Area along the Snoqualmie River

Contact county Parks and Trails Volunteer Coordinator Tina Miller at 206-296-2990 or tina.miller@kingcounty.gov to learn more or to sign up to volunteer.

Citizens can also pitch in to maintain backcountry trails in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Grand Ridge Park near the Issaquah Highlands and Taylor Mountain Forest southeast of Issaquah.

The upcoming volunteer opportunities run from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Jan. 25-29 — Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
  • Feb. 1-5 and Feb. 8-12 — Taylor Mountain Forest
  • Feb. 15-19 and Feb. 22-26 — Grand Ridge Park

Contact the nonprofit Washington Trails Association at 206-965-8561 or www.wta.org to learn more about the backcountry trail projects or to sign up to volunteer.

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