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State’s forest restoration project targets Spanaway Park

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on June 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm with No Comments »
June 13, 2013 4:20 pm

The state Department of Natural Resources is bringing an urban forestry restoration program to Pierce County, according to a county news release.

Washington Conservation Corps teams will remove English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and yellow-flag iris from Spanaway Park and Bresemann Forest over the next few weeks in Spanaway.

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality, according to the release, by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested areas in urban settings.

Non-native invasive species have prevented the community from experiencing the full benefits of these forested areas, according to the release. Eventually, native vegetation will be planted after the invasive species are gone.

The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service, the release said. For more information on the program, visit the project website.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682

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