Celebrate Earth Day! Woodlands Cleanup Sat. April 21

Thousands of trees have been planted in the 40 acres of Finn Hill forest known as the Juanita Woodlands. To give those trees a better chance of survival, volunteers are asked to help do clean-up in the area around the trees so growth isn’t stifled by ivy, blackberries, and other horticultural hazards.

The Juanita Woodlands work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday April 21, 2012. Everything takes place on the west side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn west off Juanita Drive onto 123rd Street, then south onto 76th Avenue NE, and the gathering will be near the dead end.) Bring work gloves, loppers, and shovels if you can. Coffee and water will be supplied.

The event date is a day before Earth Day so the work party offers a great way to acknowledge and participate in the Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, with its goal of planting a billion trees worldwide to help offset carbon emissions and encourage sustainability.

The Juanita Woodlands was saved from development with local donors paying more than half a million dollars seven years ago in a Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance initiative to help King County secure the land from the state of Washington. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have done clean-up work in the area bordering both sides of Juanita Drive near Fire Station 25. Thousands of trees have been planted as part of a long-term restoration effort after discovery of diseases affecting mature trees throughout the woodlands.

To get more information on the woodlands cleanup, contact Teresa Chilelli at TChilelli@aol.com or call 425-501-4693.

Learn more about Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project at www.earthday.org

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