A grant-funded Urban Forestry Restoration Project is helping the City of Puyallup improve water quality in Silver Creek and Meeker Creek. As the headwaters for Clarks Creek, restoration sites along Silver Creek and Meeker Creek are an important part of creating a healthy habitat for endangered species of salmon.
The grant is funding a Washington Conservation Corps team to help maintain recent plantings of native trees and shrubs in city-owned restoration areas. When these plantings mature, they will grow tall enough to naturally shade out the invasive weeds and provide stormwater/habitat benefits. The team will mulch the thousands of native shrubs and trees planted by community volunteers in recent years. They will also manage invasive weed growth on the city-owned sites, such as cutting down invasive reed canary grass which can grow up to six feet tall and kill many of the still young shrubs and trees. This work will be underway May 13 to May 31.
The project is also being overseen by staff from the Pierce Conservation District Stream Team, an important partner to the City of Puyallup’s restoration efforts.
The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program (DNR), provides opportunities to enhance the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings. The City of Puyallup applied for and received a grant in January of 2013 to receive work crew assistance from the DNR program. The grant-funded restoration efforts are valued at approximately $15,000. The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service.