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Invasive Ivy Removal: Golden Gardens Park

This event's primary goal was to remove invasive English Ivy from the park. Invasive English Ivy is an extremely aggressive non-native plant that has the large potential of transforming our forests. Without proper controls, it can sweep through landscapes and kill thousands of trees & plants, cause soil erosion, as well as removing wild life diversity. Areas with heavy amounts of English ivy are known to be great only for rats. 

NW Stream Center Volunteering

National Trails Day Hike

YEA celebrated Earth Day by hosting a volunteer event @ the Northwest Stream Center, located near McCollum Park in Mill Creek, WA, and performed multiple tasks to protect the streams, wetlands, and wildlife around the area. These tasks included clearing paths of invasive species like Himalayan blackberries, reorganizing landscape plants, layering the soil with mulch, and replanting salmon-berries around exposed areas of the stream next to a developing trail.

Volunteers worked for about 4 hours in order to clear a path to build a boardwalk that will be open to the public for educational purposes in the future.

America's 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. All it takes is a willingness to use them!

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National Trails Day also aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America's trails. Trails do not just magically appear for our enjoyment; their construction and maintenance takes hours of dedicated planning and labor. So give thanks to your local volunteers and consider taking a day to give back to your favorite trail.