In 2016, Forterra began working with Bear Creek residents to control invasive knotweed and restore healthy streamside forests. Through a grant-funded program designed to assist river-side landowners in specific areas with invasive weed control and revegetation. The program worked to improve or enhance water quality and wildlife habitat while preserving landowner landscape preferences.
Rivers and streams need more trees and shrubs growing along their banks to cool down the water during summer (improving salmon habitat) and hold onto the soil during flooding in the winter. Trees and shrubs create a wildlife buffet by growing flowers for bees, berries for birds, and leaves for insects. Our Planting Partners helped streams become healthier in their own backyards and get to enjoy a beautiful natural space, too.
Thanks to the support and participation of our project partners and friends at Water Tenders, WRIA 8, King County, Adopt-A-Stream and City of Redmond and based on the high level of interest and community involvement in 2017, the project moved into knotweed control work.
WHAT IS KNOTWEED AND WHY CONTROL IT?
Forterra partnered with communities along Bear Creek, focused on a long-term plan to manage invasive plants and restore salmon habitat throughout this critical waterway.