Washington Conservation Corps * Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State Department of Natural Resources * Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
August 14, 2013
Media invited to tour restoration success in Swan Creek watershed by Puget SoundCorps crews, Aug. 20
Officials from DNR, U.S. Congress, Ecology, and Veterans Affairs will be attending, along with members of the WCC-Puget SoundCorps crew
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), state officials, and partners invite members of the media to tour a Pierce county project that puts youth and returning veterans to work restoring habitat and helping to make Puget Sound healthier through the recently established Puget SoundCorps program under the Washington Conservation Corps.
|Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark; U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (9th District); Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Veterans Affairs; Gordon White, Shorelands Program Manager, Washington Department of Ecology; and partners from: DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program • Puget SoundCorps • Pierce County Public Works & Utilities • Pierce County Parks; Metro Parks Tacoma; and the Puyallup Watershed Council.|
|Swan Creek watershed restoration - Since early August, crewmembers from the Puget SoundCorps, a program of the state Department of Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps, have been working with Pierce County to improve water quality in the Swan Creek watershed by enhancing the ecological function of the urban riparian forest. This event is an opportunity to showcase the crew’s forest restoration work and to highlight the Puget SoundCorps program, which creates jobs for youth age 18-25 years and for returning military veterans. In the last year, nearly 100 jobs have been created with the Puget SoundCorps. |
|Tuesday, August 20, 8 a.m. (to approximately 8:30 a.m.)|
Agenda includes remarks from Commissioner Goldmark; Rep. Smith; Director Alvarado-Ramos; Ecology’s Gordon White, and WCC Puget SoundCorps members.
|Swan Creek Park, between 2954 Pioneer Way, South 64th Street, and First Creek in|
Directions to event: Take exit 135 off I-5. Follow signs for 167N toward Puyallup. At first light, bear right on Pioneer Way. Approximately 100 yards after the Clay Art Center, pull into the gravel parking lot on the right, before the next light at Waller Rd.
|Water quality and fish habitat in the Swan Creek watershed are heavily impacted by sediment, fecal coliform, bacteria, and high water flows during storms. Urban trees and forests play an important role in managing stormwater and improving water quality in the watershed. Since early August, Puget SoundCorps crews have been working to enhance and improve the urban forest by removing invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy in preparation for re-planting the area with native trees and shrubs during the fall and winter planting season. |
The Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) administered by the Washington Department of Ecology. The SoundCorps, which includes youth and military veterans, creates jobs while cleaning up state lands across the 12-county area that makes up the Puget Sound basin. Working in partnership with Ecology and other agencies, DNR is helping to carry out the Puget Sound Action Agenda.
The Puget SoundCorps was established in 2011 as a partnership among the departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Veterans Affairs, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Most Puget SoundCorps crews are made up of young adults from 18 to 25 years old, but in 2012-2013, some crews include military veterans who work on DNR urban forestry projects in King and Pierce counties. Age restrictions for military veterans may be waived.
DNR’s Urban Forestry Restoration Project
DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program administers the Urban Forestry Restoration Project. The goal of the program is to enhance the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings.
For more information about the Urban Forestry Restoration Project, visit the Project online or contact Micki McNaughton, 360-902-1637 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards provided by AmeriCorps.
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