Parks & Rec volunteers to preserve shoreline May 5

Apr 30, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, members of the Lake Stickney Conservancy, students from Edmonds Community College, and employees from Target and REI will team up with Snohomish County’s Parks and Recreation Department to battle invasive Himalayan blackberries and other invasive plants on the west shore of Lake Stickney.

Community volunteers are welcome to join the effort, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 132521 Manor Way, Lynnwood.

“The preservation of Lake Stickney is proving to be one of our most successful community partnerships,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Thanks to many similar partnerships, our world-class parks department is better able to manage 10,738 acres of parks and open space in a more efficient and cost-effective way.”

The 13.5-acre park, recently acquired by Snohomish County, contains forests and wetlands that provide wildlife habitat while also filtering out pollutants that affect water quality. The Lake Stickney site benefits both the lake and Swamp Creek, which flows through the lake to the Sammamish River and Lake Washington, also benefiting fragile Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon runs.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Snohomish County purchased the west end of Lake Stickney,” said Joyce Altaras, Lake Stickney Conservancy president. “Now, instead of condos, the beautiful forests and wetlands that are there will become a nature preserve that will be opened to the public in the future.”

During the past two years, the conservancy has organized volunteer events that led to the removal of an old house and swimming pool on site as well as several tons of old tires, trash and debris.

For more information on the volunteer event, contact Rich Patton, Park Operations supervisor, at 425-388-6618, or Joyce Altaras, Lake Stickney Conservancy president, at 425-745-4553.

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