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Listing of National Public Lands Day events

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2010 at 5:45 am with No Comments »
September 16, 2010 9:24 am


Here is our list of events for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 25:

Green Tacoma Day Service Project
Various organizations are holding events from 9 a.m.-noon around Tacoma.

Blueberry Park
Location: East 75th and East D streets
Site Sponsor: Blueberry Park Volunteers

First Creek
Tours of First Creek and plant identification education
Location: First Creek and East Fairbanks (First Creek is located one long block east off of Portland Avenue in Tacoma.
Site Sponsor: First Creek Neighbors and Natural Area Stewards
Information:, 253-304-2808

Garfield Gulch
Location: East 25th Avenue sidewalk between C and D streets
Description: Help with trash pick-up and invasive plant removal. This is a family friendly event. Please bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. We will provide snacks and tools.

Gog Le Hi Te Wetlands
Location: Lincoln Avenue near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Stewart Street (map)
Description: Help protect the wetlands by spreading mulch to retain moisture
Site Sponsor: Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Information:, 253-383-2429

Julia’s Gulch
Location: View Point Park at approximately 71 Norpoint Way N.E.
Description: Tour the Gulch and learn about ongoing restoration projects
Site Sponsor: Friends of Julia’s Gulch
Information:, 253-927-2025

McKinley Park
Location: 500 McKinley Way or 622 Upper Park
Description: Park tours with invasive and& noninvasive plant education and kids projects
Site Sponsor: Friends of McKinley Park and Ivy League

Meadow Park Golf Course
Location: 7108 Lakewood Dr. W.
Description: Prairie planting and Weed ID & pull, Take-home weed ID guides
Site Sponsor: Meadow Park Prairie Restoration Team
Information:, 253-961-8898

Oak Tree Park
Location: Southeast corner of Oak Tree Park, at west end of South 80th Street, west of Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Description: Remove non-native and invasive plants, pickup litter and learn about the park
Site Sponsor: Friends of Oak Tree Park
Information:, 253-720-3511

Pacific Lutheran University
Location: 12108 Park Ave. S. Tacoma. Meet on the patio behind the University Center
Description: Blackberry and other invasive plant removal. Snacks provided.
Site Sponsor: PLU Urban Habitat Restoration Project

Puget Creek
Location: 3502 N. Alder Way
Description: Invasive plant removal, trash pickup and monitoring activities
Site Sponsor: Puget Creek Restoration Society
Information:, 253-298-6156

Swan Creek
Location: East 42nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue Entrance. This park entrance is adjacent to the New Salishan Housing Development, near Lister Elementary School.
Description: An open House with children’s activities, educational information and exploration
Site Sponsor: Friends of Swan Creek Watershed
Information:, 253-472-7264

Tacoma Community College – KiaKaha Trail
Location: South 19th Street, two small blocks west of Pearl. Parking may be found on South Visscher, a few houses to the east of the site, or in the large TCC parking lot, west of the site, just past TACID.
Description: Non-native plant removal
Site Sponsor: TCC
Information:, 253-566-5348

Tacoma Nature Center
Location: 1919 S. Tyler St. Onsite parking at the center is limited. Additional parking may be available across the street, at Metro Park’s Heidelberg Field.
Description: English Ivy removal, children’s activities and games, Ivy pull contest
Site Sponsors: Tacoma Nature Center
Information:, 253-591-6439

Elsewhere in the region:

360 Regional Park
Location: State Route 302 at 144th Street, Gig Harbor
Description: Trim/remove brush and wood from designated trail makers; remove litter; spread wood chips on trails; line trials with falling limbs and various lumber.
Contact: Chad Harvell at Key Pen Parks
Phone: 253-884-9240

Camp Murray
Location: Building 36, Quartermaster Road, Tacoma
Description: Plant native plants on restoration sites; Remove invasive vegetation.
Contact: Rowena Valencia-Gica at Agency: Washington Military Department
Phone: (253) 512-8704

Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
Descriptioin: Invasive weed pulling along the Hummocks Trail; garbage clean up by Sunset Falls and Forest Road 41; In-cave garbage clean at Ape Cave and facilities maintenance; Trail maintenance along Trail of Two Forests and Marble Mountain Snow Park; warming shelter maintenance at Marble Mountain Snow Park; in-stream clean up along the Muddy River and Pine Creek; garbage clean up and facilites maintenance at Lava Canyon and Lahar View; and invasive weed pulling along Forest Roads 83 and 90.
Contact: Mary Jean Dowell
Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Phone: 360-449-7815

South Fork Skokomish Trail
Location: Quilcene

Olympic National Forest Hood Canal Ranger District
Description: Volunteers will pick up trash and remove noxious weeds within the Big and Litte Quilcene Watersheds, the water supply for the city of Port Townsend.
Contact: Jennifer Fujii
Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Phone: (360) 379-5610, Ext. 200

Tiger Mountain
Location: Exact location varies, Issaquah
Description: Volunteers will be helping clean up the High Point Trailhead by helping pick up trash and remove invasive plants such as blackberry. Volunteers will also be helping us repair drainage issues along the Tiger Mountain Trail which will include ditching and building turnpikes.
Contact: Jema Hayes
Agency: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Phone: 206-812-0122

Iron Goat Trail
Location: Stevens Pass are
Description: U.S. Forest Service needs volunteers 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to work on the trail. A barbecue and free recreation pass for volunteers.
Contact Tom Davis
Information: 360-677-2414,

Lake Christine Trail – Glacier View Wilderness
Location:Lake Christine Trailhead, approximately 15 miles east of Ashford
Description: Trail maintenance
Site Sponsor: Washington Trails Association
Information:, 360-722-2657

Mount Rainier National Park
Location: Meet at Longmire in front of the Administration Building
Description: Some of the projects taking place will be a restoration project at the Paradise Lower Lot, clean up of the Longmire Campground; trail clean up and work on the Glacier Basin Trail with the Washington Trails Association.
Bonus: Volunteers will receive a National Public Lands free admission pass
Agency: Mount Rainier National Park
Phone: 360-569-2211, Ext. 3385

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