Get to know our 2017-2018 Washington Conservation Corps crew!Read More
When the Washington Conservation Corps crew starts their contract year, they get right to work. And, mind you, they often get more done in a day than a normal person or household gets done in a month!
Their first project this year was to return to the Department of Ecology grant location off of Highway 2 near the Arco Station near Monroe to do some needed maintenance.
From the returning crew lead, Ali Trout, "We spent the last two days pulling night shade at the Monroe Wetlands site. The night shade mono-culture area is supposed to be a branch of the creek, but it has been so choked out by the night shade, that the creek doesn’t really exist anymore. The water just slowly trickled through the night shade mat. We cleared 2,600 sq ft so far and about 21 cubic yards for volume."
Yeah. We're glad they're back to work.
Keep watching the site for official photos of the 2017/2018 crew.
Last week we thanked and celebrated the 2016/2017 WCC crew who helped us plant 23,000 native trees/shrubs, restored 24 acres, maintained 65 acres, and assisted with two events.
They thanked us for being good partners with this super cool wood carving, which now lives in our front office. Thanks to everyone for a successful year!
The Washington Stormwater Center conducts research including 16 experimental rain gardens. Each garden tests the effects of different soil, vegetation, and other factors that help filter rainwater and stormwater. Earlier this summer, the center concluded that the water was draining too quickly from the rain gardens, thereby losing all the filtration benefits of the special imported rain garden soil.Read More
If you live in Monroe, and commute to I-5 and places beyond, you may see an Arco station along your route on the north side of Highway 2. Next to that Arco station are 8 acres of wetlands that the Snohomish Conservation District is helping to restore through a Department of Ecology grant. It is a unique opportunity to be so close to a major roadway making it highly visible. The hope is that this project site will promote public education, a sense of stewardship and a personal connection to the watershed.Read More
Our neighborhoods are perfect petri dishes for change - new homebuyers are continually moving in, many of our older homes are in need of upgrades, and as curious humans we love to see ‘what the neighbors are doing’.Read More
The WCC crew wrapped up their planting season on April 27th! A total of 23,976 plants were installed on 24 acres! The plantings occurred on 14 properties from November to April.
Location: Pilchuck Learning Center
Crew Activity: Cutting Willow Stakes
Of Note: We saw some beaver and looked at a few beaver dams. The stakes will be used for planting other restoration sites.
Location: West of Arlington
Activity: Plant a 6.5-acre riparian buffer. The stream on the property is a tributary to Pilchuck Creek and has been a documented spawning stream for Coho. A new channel was dug this past summer to increase salmon survival as they migrate upstream, and a buffer planting is typically done to keep water temperature low and dissolved oxygen levels high.
Date: Thursday, February 23
Of Note: This was a rare 3-crew sighting! While this planting has been an ongoing project for the last several months; on Thursday, our WCC crew got some help from the City of Arlington's WCC crew* and our new Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) crew. The VCC crew is a brand new crew of U.S. military veterans that we created in partnership with the Veterans Conservation Corps. This crew, of 4 veterans, has broad backgrounds covering several decades of military service. Stay tuned for more information and features with this crew- they will primarily focus on executing the construction of rain gardens and other stormwater related projects.
* Normally contracted with the City of Arlington as part of an agreement with the City and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to help cross-trained WCC crew members.