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Dec 03

2018 Fall Plantings

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 1:43 PM by Allan Warren

Dropstone PlantingMuch appreciation to the many volunteers who came out to the Dropstone Farm and South Prairie planting events this past September and October. The beautiful fall sunshine provided a lovely backdrop to the hard work and friendly chatter that resulted in nearly 2,000 plants installed between these two sites. As they grow, these trees and shrubs will provide many important ecosystem functions and transform their respective landscapes.

SPCP 1At South Prairie Creek, volunteers helped install 1,080 plants, and put us in great shape as the major restoration work to reconnect the creek to its natural floodplain begins next year.

At Dropstone Farm, The District partnered with PCC Farmland Trust and the owners of the farm near Orting to plant almost a half-mile of stream that flows into the Carbon River. Over the years, damaging practices had lead to a lack of shade and plants along the stream, which allowed reed canary grass to take over. EarthCorps and Washington Conservation Corps also assisted with this planting and together with volunteers more than 900 plants were installed.