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Hands-on volunteer opportunities from Natural Resources and Parks

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Environmental volunteering opportunities in King County, Washington

Get involved in the Native Plant Salvage Program!

Redmond Ridge SalvageKing County works with developers and other agencies to locate potential salvage sites, organizes volunteers to remove plants prior to construction, and replants the salvaged plants at salmon habitat restoration projects.  People from all around King County can volunteer for the Water and Land Resource Division's Native Plant Salvage Program to remove plants from sites which are scheduled for construction.

Native plant salvage events are scheduled on the first Saturday of November, December, February and March. Free plants are offered to those who volunteer.

Partnering with QuadrantNative plant salvaging is an ideal volunteer project for individuals and groups of all kinds:

  • Learn about native plants and animals
  • Help protect fish and wildlife habitat
  • Meet others interested in habitat enhancement
  • Help restore streams and wetlands
  • Get outdoors and dig

Help provide trees and shrubs for habitat restoration

Redmond Holding FacilityYou can help enhance our streams and wetlands by nurturing plants at the King County's Native Plant Holding Facility near Sammamish. The Native Plant Salvage Program provides low-cost native plants for King County-sponsored revegetation projects for restoration of salmon and other aquatic habitat on streams, wetlands and estuaries. Native trees and shrubs that are removed from construction sites are stored at the Holding Facility until they can be replanted at project sites. Volunteers are needed to help care for the plants and maintain the Holding Facility.

Volunteers pot-up salvaged plants and care for existing trees and shrubs. Some knowledge of gardening or native plants is helpful but not essential. Volunteers can schedule a work session to fit their needs.  Free plants are offered to those who volunteer.

Salvaged Natives

By working at the Native Plant Holding Facility you can:

  • Help enhance wildlife habitat throughout King County
  • Learn about native plant identification and propagation
  • Get involved in an ongoing volunteer project which can be worked into your schedule
  • Discover an ideal service project for your school group, scout pack, or other organization.
  • Reduce the cost of projects that help improve water resources

Get involved and help make a difference!

For information on getting involved in the native plant salvage program contact contact Cindy Young.

Upcoming events

Native plant salvage

Snoqualmie, March 1, 2014 (366 Kb Acrobat pdf)