It was with a heavy heart that volunteers arriving at Julia’s Gulch to put in a morning of work last month discovered that their 400-pound metal Job Box chained to a tree and filled with shovels, loppers, clippers, a water pump, 400 feet of hose and signs had been stolen.
The second Saturday of each month these dedicated volunteers from our community put in many hours to save this Tacoma green space. They remove invasive species such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry and replace them with native shrubs and trees to return this 40-plus acres to a Northwest forest.
If the invasive species are not removed, they will completely take over, not allowing the native plants to reseed and grow. Trails are also being built so the public can enjoy and experience nature in their own back yard.
If the box and tools have not yet been taken to a metal recycling place (and I’m assuming that is why they were stolen), I hope I will be surprised one day to find them returned.
(Coles Halabisky is a volunteer steward.)