Invasive weeds are one of the biggest obstacles for new and growing forests. They are just too fast-growing and competitive to give trees and other native forest plants a chance.
Native plants like this sword fern struggle when English ivy invades.
Is there anything as satisfying as a wheelbarrow full of ivy you just pulled? Maybe seeing trees grow free of ivy!
Fortunately, people can make a huge difference by joining together to tip the balance back in favor of trees and native plants. If everyone volunteered even once a year, the difference in our forests would be amazing.
Living here in King County, we are blessed with so many opportunities to volunteer in green spaces and parks. It’s hard to know where to start, but I suggest starting where your heart takes you. Where do you love to be outside in nature? There are sure to be volunteer events there!
Here are just a few ideas for ways to volunteer outdoors in King County – and I’m sure there are many more!