upcoming SERVICE PROJECT:
Pulling weeds for salmon habitat!
June 30th, 2021 | 10AM -1PM
For all ages!
Join us to hand-pull invasive vinca, a groundcover plant that takes over an area, if left alone. This site is being prepared for planting next spring! Manual removing these weeds will reduce the amount of herbicide needed, which is always good!
Removing as much of the vinca, blackberry, and other invasives as possible will allow us to plant native plants to help stabilize the banks, provide food for pollinators, and habitat for animals in and adjacent to the creek. (That planting will be done in the spring, so this effort will help prepare the site this important Spring 2022 work!)
After an hour or so of plant removal, we will walk to the confluence of Pressentin Creek and the Skagit River, where there is a large gravel bar where we can have a picnic lunch, and then do some chemical and biological water quality exploration. There will be water quality test kits that measure dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature, and a talk about how these things impact salmon. Then, we can explore what aquatic insects live in the creek! These insects are very important food for juvenile salmon and their presence tells us whether the habitat is suitable for salmon.
This project is in partnership with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG).
Map to the site:
Space is limited.