Volunteers needed Saturday to plant trees along Chimacum Creek

Peninsula Daily News

Chimacum — Fifty volunteers are needed to plant 1,200 trees along Chimacum Creek on Saturday, organizers said.

The planting work party, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is part of a project to restore a section of Chimacum Creek.

Volunteers will work off Redeemer Way in Chimacum. They will be directed to parking.

Donated refreshments will be provided during a short lunchtime presentation.

Port Townsend High School senior Kyra Weidner is recruiting for refreshment donations and volunteer help as part of her senior project.

The tree-planting is part of a burgeoning partnership between the North Olympic Salmon Coalition and Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, said Miranda Berger, development manager for the North Olympic Salmon Coalition of Port Hadlock.

Both aim to provide clean, restored homes for local residents, whether in the water or on land, she said.

“This collaboration creates caring stewards of new homes, restored land and a shaded, salmon-filled creek,” said Sarah Doyle, the salmon coalition’s stewardship coordinator and project lead.

The land to be planted includes the future site of three Habitat homes. The land was donated to Habitat by Dr. Jim and Noreen McCarron.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County builds houses in partnership with people in need who put in 250 to 400 “sweat equity” hours and pay for the cost of materials through what it describes as an affordable mortgage.

“This large replanting project connects the good work of many people as we seek to build decent homes in healthy communities,” Habitat Executive Director Jamie Maciejewski said.

The trees will be purchased through a grant the salmon coalition received from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

The nonprofit North Olympic Salmon Coalition works with willing landowners and government agencies to perform salmon habitat restoration on the North Olympic Peninsula.

To volunteer for the Saturday tree-planting, RSVP to Larry Montague, the salmon coalition’s education and outreach assistant, at intern@nosc.org or 360-379-8051.

Last modified: March 05. 2014 7:22PM
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