RE Sources, City team up for Little Squalicum restoration

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is once again teaming up with city of Bellingham’s Parks Volunteer Program for a work party to restore wetlands and the creek at Little Squalicum Park.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The streambed and surrounding land of Little Squalicum Park, which is a former Environmental Protection Agency cleanup site, was contaminated by industrial operations. The remediation of the area was completed in 2011, and has left a clean streambed and soils, and acres of newly replanted land.

Before the plantings become fully re-established, wetlands and riparian habitats are vulnerable to invasive species and are in need of mulching and weeding, according to project directors. Wetland and riparian habitats with well-established native plants are integral to maintaining water quality and habitat for native species.

“Restoration work parties are a great opportunity to meet new friends, contribute to a restoration effort, as well as learn to identify native plants and invasive weeds,” said Lee First, a pollution prevention specialist with RE Sources, in a press release. “If we put in a few hours of volunteer work each quarter to our park, the result will be a healthier buffer and improved water quality in this creek.”

The work party is the second event in the quarterly re-vegetation work parties hosted by RE Sources and the city of Bellingham at Little Squalicum Park.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the park, near the lower parking lot of Bellingham Technical College. Free parking is allowed in BTC’s lower lot.  Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided.

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