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King County Parks and state Department of Natural Resources to restore forestlands

Over the next several weeks, a state Department of Natural Resources Puget Sound Corps team will remove invasive English ivy, holly and laurel from Cougar Mountain Wildland Park, along the Cedar River at Dorre Don Natural Area, and along the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails near Bothell.

Removing non-native vegetation improves the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings by enhancing the forest’s ability to soak up stormwater and improve air quality. Many undesirable plants that grow in dense thickets can also create a public health hazard by harboring rats and other vermin.

The three sites selected for special attention offer a representation of King County Parks’ varied landscape: the busiest stretch of the County’s 175-mile regional trail network; a high profile area in one of the County’s most-popular hiking destinations; and a natural area along a river that is a popular destination for anglers and other recreationists, and provides critical salmon habitat.

Learn more about how you can help King County to keep forests healthy by contacting Laurie Clinton, King County Parks volunteer coordinator, at 206-296-4452 or laurie.clinton@kingcounty.gov.

The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service.

For more information, visit the Project online or contact Micki McNaughton at 360-902-1637 or micki.mcnaughton@dnr.wa.gov. Puget Sound Corps is a subset of the Washington Conservation Corps, and focuses on work that has a positive effect on water quality in the Puget Sound Basin.

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