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Come plant native trees at a scenic, waterfront park, on Maury Island! Located a short ferry ride from Seattle or Tacoma, the Maury Island Marine Park boasts more than one mile of undeveloped shoreline. The trees we will plant will help stabilize the steep sloping terrain which was once mined for gravel. This will restore nearshore processes of sediment and organic matter input helping forage fish and juvenile salmon to grow up and become orca food. In addition to planting, we will be removing litter and microplastics from the beach!
FULL! Come plant at the mouth of the Elwha River on the newly created beach! Since the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, enormous amounts of sediment released downstream to build the beach along this important estuary. The sediment gives eelgrass a surface to grow and also provides shelter for juvenile salmon to adjust and grow before entering the open ocean. The natural sediments on the beach are also where forage fish lay their eggs. An entire ecosystem that feeds endangered killer whales thrives in this newly created place! We’ll be planting herbaceous beach plants, spreading seeds and pulling invasive species to help the natural restoration!