Helpin’ Out Whitney Bridge 12/2

November 15th, 2017 by Whitney Neugebauer

Team up with Whale Scout volunteers as we join King County Parks to help salmon in the Green River at Whitney Bridge Park! Four species of Pacific salmon may be seen at this park in the fall including Chinook, pink, coho, and chum. These salmon migrate to and from this area through the Duwamish River to Puget Sound where endangered orcas rely upon them for prey. Join this free, educational, family friendly event – we’ll be planting!

Date: December 2nd

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: 21502 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Information from our host, King County Parks

Why your Volunteer Service is Important

Whitney Bridge is along the Green River. We are turning old pasture land into a forested community to provide a buffer along the Green River. We will be planting native trees and shrubs to infill an older project in this area. The native trees and shrubs will provide shade and cover along the river and a healthy forest for wildlife.

What to Expect

Event will begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park that you are serving in, why this work is important and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed Youth Waiver to event in order to participate. Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. We will be planting native trees and shrubs today.

Our events run rain or shine. In the event of hazardous weather, the King County staff member leading your project will be in contact via email the morning of the project if weather conditions dictate any changes to event plans. Plan to check your email before you leave for the event to ensure you receive any event updates. If you are a contact for a group coming out to volunteer, please ensure that you have set up a way to contact your group members the morning of the event if needed.

What to Bring

Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans, thick pants or dress/skirt with leggings underneath, any outfit that covers legs is appropriate. Shorts or capris are not recommended. Rain jacket and rain pants (or sunblock and a sun hat!) Closed –toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal. Full water bottle, LUNCH and snacks

Please do not use GPS or Google Maps alone to navigate to parks. If you use GPS, please double check against this map and/or these directions to ensure the GPS is sending you to the correct meeting spot.

Directions to Whitney Bridge:

From I-5 or SR 167: take SR 18 east to Auburn, pass through the city, and take the Auburn-Black Diamond Road exit. At the stop sign, turn right onto SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, go about 100 feet, then turn right again onto the SE Green Valley Road (if you cross the Green River, you’ve gone too far). Go about 7.5 miles on the Green Valley Road to the intersection of the Green Valley Road and 218th Ave. S.E. /212 Way S.E. (if you reach the entrance for Flaming Geyser State park, you’ve gone too far). Turn right at the intersection of the Green Valley Road and 218th Ave. SE/212th Way S.E. (same road). You will see signs showing you where to park.

For more information on salmon viewing:

http://www.govlink.org/watersheds/8/action/salmon-seeson/whitney.aspx

Day of Event Contact – Tina Miller 206-295-3269

Please Sign up! Email info@whalescout.org

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