WHATCOM — The Whatcom Conservation District partners with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Whatcom Land Trust to host planting work parties to improve habitat along local salmon-bearing streams.

Volunteers joined in to kick off this spring’s slate of work parties on a sunny Saturday, March 2, planting more than 280 trees along California Creek near Blaine.

The next habitat restoration work party will be Saturday, March 16, at Kendall Creek, Maple Falls. These family-friendly events begin at 9 a.m.

This 5.5-acre property along Kendall Creek serves as exceptional habitat, creating a unique wildlife observation area, especially for birds. It is also the site of a future educational area for the Kendall Elementary School.

Unfortunately, Harrison’s wetland areas are inundated with reed canary grass. Willow staking is a great way to shade out that pesky grass, and so willows will be planted at this site.

For this project, park your vehicle at Kendall Elementary School, which is just west of the roundabout joining the Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) to Kendall Road (SR 547). From there a shuttle will go to the work site.

Tools and gloves are supplied. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Coffee will be provided by Tony’s Coffee and light refreshments by The Bagelry and Community Food Co-Op. 

Minors under age 18 must have a parent or guardian present or have a signed NSEA Youth Liability Form to participate.    

For more information, visit whatcomcd.org/node/290.