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Volunteer for Feb. 4 native plant salvage and help keep King County naturally green

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Land that is scheduled for clearing and development can still provide benefits to habitat elsewhere in King County – but only with the help of volunteers.

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Land that is scheduled for clearing and development can still provide benefits to habitat elsewhere in King County – but only with the help of volunteers.

King County’s native plant salvage program is looking for volunteers to take part in a Feb. 4 salvage effort in Redmond. In the morning, volunteers are needed to dig out native trees and shrubs from property owned by PacTrust that is going to be cleared. Later that day, volunteers can help pot the vegetation at the County’s native plant holding facility near Sammamish.

Salvaged native plants enhance local habitat restoration projects by reducing erosion, shading streams, wetlands and estuaries, and improving fish and wildlife habitat throughout King County.

Directions to the salvage site:
• From I-405, I-5 or SR-520, drive eastbound on SR-520 through Redmond and continue north on Avondale Road.
• Turn right onto Novelty Hill Road.
• Turn right onto Redmond Ridge Drive Northeast.
• Turn left onto Northeast Marketplace Drive and follow the signs to the site.

Volunteers who dig for King County from 9 a.m. to noon can dig plants for themselves from noon to 2 p.m.

Not a morning person? Volunteers are also needed at the County’s native plant holding facility to help pot up the salvaged plants from 1-4:30 p.m. Volunteers who help with potting can also have free native plants.

Directions to the native plant holding facility:
• From I-5 or I-405, take I-90 east to the Highland Drive exit (exit 18) in Issaquah.
• Stay left on the off-ramp to continue onto Highland Drive, and proceed through several lights.
• Turn right onto Issaquah–Fall City Road.
• Just past Endeavor Elementary School, stay straight onto Duthie Hill Road.
• The holding facility is in Duthie Hill Park (on the right) at 27101 Duthie Hill Rd. The nursery is at the end of road.

A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16 years old. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. King County will provide gloves, tools and light refreshments.

For more information or to sign up for either event, please contact Cindy Young at 206-296-8065 or email cindy.young@kingcounty.gov. To learn more about King County’s Native Plant Salvage Program, visit the website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/volunteer/plant-salvage-program.aspx.

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