Support a community-led forest and wetland restoration project near the Duwamish River at a tree planting and work party event set for Saturday, March 25, at Hamm Creek-Point Rediscovery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The work is partially funded through King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Waterworks Grants.
Connect with the community, learn about the care and protection of new foliage, and honor the environmental legacy of Duwamish Watershed activist John Beal at a tree planting celebration and restoration work party this Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10074 17th Place South in Burien.
People are invited to help plant native conifers and shrubs, and learn how to save mature trees already on site from invasive English ivy. The event will also feature a ceremony to honor a loved one with a planted tree, a tradition John Beal started at the site over 30 years ago.
The event is led by the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT) Corps, a program that provides on-the-job training and experience for young adults seeking career opportunities in green infrastructure fields.
DIRT Corps has been working on the Hamm Creek restoration since mid-2016, clearing invasive plants and installing sheet mulching in an area that once hosted a local sewage treatment plant shut down decades ago. King County awarded the project a $75,000 grant through the Wastewater Treatment Division’s water quality funds. The project also receives funding through the I’m-A-PAL Foundation.
This family-friendly event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Sea Mar lot located across the way at 10001 17th Place South. People should dress for the weather, and waterproof shoes or boots are recommended.
Additional information about the event is available at https://www.facebook.com/theDIRTcorps/ or by contacting Cari Simson at Urban Systems Design at 206-234-5102. For more information about WTD’s WaterWorks Grants, visit www.kingcounty.gov/waterworks-grants or email Water.Grants@kingcounty.gov.