PHOTO GALLERY: Plant-a-thon at Tarboo Reserve

PORT TOWNSEND — Volunteers planted a record 6,500 trees and shrubs in one day during the 11th Northwest Watershed Institute Plant-A-Thon at the Tarboo Wildlife Preserve.

The 140 volunteers from five East Jefferson County schools worked to restore salmon and wildlife habitat by planting 2,500 native trees and installing 4,000 live stakes of willow and other native shrubs along Tarboo Creek on Feb. 4, said Jude Rubin, director of stewardship and public involvement for the Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI).

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Hannah Bahls and Akwe Wilbur-McDaniels, sophomores at Port Townsend High School, served as two of the 26 crew leaders who helped run the plant-a–thon on Feb. 4. (Connie Gallant)

About 140 volunteers from five schools participated, including Swan School, Port Townsnend High School, Port Townsend OCEAN Program, Chimacum Pi Program and Jefferson Community School. (Connie Gallant)

Willow stakes stick up through cardboard which has been pressed into place to smother non-native plants at the Tarboo Reserve.

Volunteer Charlie Kaneski and Northwest Watershed Institute board member Liz Hoenig-Kaneski helping out at the event.