Twenty high school seniors from Goodwill’s Youth Aerospace Job Training program teamed up with the Adopt A Stream Foundation on Aug. 8 to help maintain 4,000 trees and shrubs that were recently planted next to Hayho Creek where it flows past the Navy Support Center into Quilceda Creek north of Marysville.
“One of the challenges with planting trees and shrubs next to streams in the spring is to make sure that they survive through the summer into the fall,” Adopt A Stream Foundation ecologist Zachary Mallon said.
The teens helped remove invasive Himalayan blackberries to allow sunshine to reach the new plants.
Eventually, the native trees and shrubs will shade out invasive plants and keep the water temperature cool, making for a salmon-friendly environment. The riparian zone will also help filter water pollutants from an adjacent Marysville detention pond.
This project is one of several Adopt A Stream Foundation riparian restoration projects that are sponsored by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Want to help? Call 425-316-8592 for more information.