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WASHINGTON CONSERVATION CORPS CREW REMOVES INVASIVE TREES IN THE PARK

WASHINGTON CONSERVATION CORPS CREW REMOVES INVASIVE TREES IN THE PARK

In early July, the Foundation hired a WCC crew through the conservation group Forterra to treat or remove non-native, invasive holly, laurel, European mountain ash, and bird cherry from the north half of the park. Birds eat the berries of all these species on private property near the park and in the park, and all these species have been spreading in the park. If not checked, some of these aggressive species can displace native trees and shrubs and degrade the park's habitat value for native animals.

Over a period of five days, the crew treated or removed at least 1400 plants. Because of extreme fire risk, the crew was not allowed to use chainsaws. They will return this fall to finish up, once the fire risk has subsided.

PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL NOT DO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT START A FOREST FIRE. Smoking, fireworks, and campfires are not allowed in the park under current conditions. Anything that might produce a spark can be dangerous.