Duwamish River Has Fewer Blackberries Along its Banks Thanks to Whale Scout Volunteers

The Duwamish River in the heart of Seattle has been heavily polluted for years. Salmon once plentiful are now toxic to eat for people and orcas. Restoring healthy natural areas such as Herring’s House Park provide a buffer for urban runoff from entering Puget Sound.  

Our group of volunteers posing with a poster kicking off Earth Month.

Susann digging to get all the roots out of each blackberry bush

Michelle showing off her blackberry removal skills in front of a flood plain

Tena and Whitney enjoying the fact it wasn’t raining! 

Information posted for fishermen at the park. Salmon are the healthiest choice since they spend the least amount of time in the Duwamish gathering toxins.

Piles of removed blackberry plants on cardboard will decompose in place but not reach the soil to regrow.


Before and After. We cleared a large area packed with invasive blackberries – 2,250 square feet to be exact!

We concluded the day with a “rock, stick, leaf” reflection activity.  We rocked the removal of some massive root balls, what sticks with us are the memories and laughs with friends, and we leave (“leaf”) the place a better place for people and wildlife.

Join us at our next event as we work behind the scenes on a huge project on the Skagit River specifically funded to feed endangered killer whales!