10th Annual Duwamish Alive!
Over 180 volunteers helped Forterra celebrate this important restoration event
At two sites along the Duwamish River these volunteers removed 14,000 square feet of aggressive weeds and distributed almost 10,000 square feet of mulch!
Our volunteers’ work will keep invasive plants at bay over the summer—leaving the areas open for new native trees and shrubs to be planted in the fall at our two sites: The Duwamish Hill Preserve and the Duwamish Shoreline. Thanks to dedicated work from committed stewards and volunteers over the last several years, these sites are being transformed from degraded, weed-infested landscapes to functional, healthy habitat for native plants and wildlife.
The Duwamish River watershed is home to many native species, including several species of endangered salmon and other native fish, many kinds of birds, otters and even some wandering sea lions. There is also a deep cultural connection to the river for many of the people who call the area home.
Duwamish Alive! is a biannual restoration event bringing people together to help the Duwamish watershed thrive. It is put on by members of the Duwamish Alive Coalition, a group of community members, municipalities, non-profits and businesses with a mission to restore and preserve the watershed habitat. There are 11 sites throughout the watershed that host anywhere between 4 and 400 volunteers for the spring and fall events. Over 1,000 volunteers came out for the event on the 18th!
We encourage volunteers to join us on the river at one of our work parties or at our fall installation of Duwamish Alive! on October 17th.
But the restoration effort doesn’t stop there. Our work on the Duwamish River is a part of a much larger undertaking to improve habitat quality throughout the Duwamish and Green River watershed.
Transforming this watershed is a gradual process requiring frequent attention. Forterra, along with many other Duwamish Alive! groups, is committed to providing that attention by hosting volunteers throughout the year at monthly restoration work parties. We encourage volunteers to join us on the river at one of our work parties or at our fall installation of Duwamish Alive! on October 17th.