Microsoft employees to restore Issaquah Creek habitat

May 19, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 p.m. May 19, 2011

Microsoft plans to help Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust reboot Issaquah Creek habitat Friday.

More than 60 employees from the software giant’s Sammamish campus along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast will gather at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“Microsoft is excited to be a part of this very important effort. Our offices look out onto this park and the employees wanted to give back to the place we all spend so much time in during breaks in our work day. It’s an incredible resource for us all,” Microsoft employee Robert Cole said in a release.

The restoration effort should almost complete restoration along the northern side of the creek, stretching about a mile from the creek mouth to the Microsoft campus. The work is meant to prepare the site for fall plantings.

The trust and the state parks agency partnered to restore more than 50 acres of streamside, lakeshore and wetland habitat in the park since 2005.

Volunteers have contributed more than 22,000 hours by removing invasive weeds, and planting thousands of native trees and shrubs.

The efforts form a critical part of the effort to restore habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened chinook salmon, residing in or migrating through which live in or migrate through the 514-acre park.

These efforts in the park complement city and King County restoration projects upstream from the park. The ongoing effort is meant to improve the overall ecological health of the entire Issaquah Creek basin.

The project is funded through support from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the King Conservation District, Federal Express and Carter Motors.

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