Build a Forest – Plant Trees at Big Finn Hill on Jan 15 MLK day 10-2pm

Build a Forest – Plant Trees at Big Finn Hill on Jan 15 MLK day 10-2pm

Why your Volunteer Service is Important Forests need to have diversity in order to be healthy and thrive. When forests are thriving, they can they can provide many benefits to our community like filtering pollution, mitigating erosion and storm damage and providing habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can connect with nature and the outdoors. Aggressive noxious weeds like English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry were brought to this area and planted by for their desirable characteristics of staying green all year round or tasty fruits. These plants have upset the balance that our forests need to survive and thrive. Removing these aggressive plants and planting native plants can help restore the balance to a damaged ecosystem.

Big Finn Hill Park is 220-acre multi-use park. It is an active recreation site and a wooded urban oasis along Juanita Drive.  To the east of the road, the park offers recreation facilities including ballfields, a play area, a rustic picnic shelter (no water/power) and) multi-use trails; to the west of the road, trails loop through the forest. The trails are frequented by mountain bikers, dog walkers, and hikers. Trails at Big Finn Hill Park connect with trails at St. Edwards State Park to the north. Steep climbs in the north and south combine with moderate rolling terrain on the ridge tops.  With its variety of flora and terrain, visitors occasionally spot deer, owls, hawks and eagles.

What to Expect Event will begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park that you are serving in, why this work is important and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate. Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. Our project for the day is to plant native trees and shrubs in an area formerly filled with Himalayan blackberry.

Map and more information here

Location: 8106 NE 138th St, Kirkland

What to Bring

  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans, thick pants or dress/skirt with leggings underneath, any outfit that covers legs is appropriate
  • Shorts or capris are not recommended
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (or sunblock and a sun hat!)
  • Closed –toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle, LUNCH and snacks

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