Help salvage native plants in the Issaquah Highlands

March 1, 2011

By Staff

Gardeners can salvage native plants soon from Issaquah Highlands parcels eyed for construction.

King County seeks volunteers for the native plant salvage program to dig out native trees and shrubs March 5. Then, volunteers pot the vegetation for future use at a county native plant holding facility near Sammamish.

The salvage event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the highlands salvage site. The potting project is from 1-4:30 p.m. Volunteers can take home salvaged plants for free.

The county requires a parent or guardian to accompany volunteers younger than 16. Volunteers should dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. The county provides gloves, tools and light refreshments.

Contact Cindy Young at 206-296-8065 or cindy.young@kingcounty.gov to sign up or learn more.

The county uses salvaged plants to enhance habitat restoration projects by reducing erosion; shading streams, wetlands and estuaries; and improving fish and wildlife habitat.

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