The Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge will be hosting a Saturday event as part of the Duwamish Alive! Coalition to mobilize volunteer effort along the Duwamish River. On April 20th, volunteers will be gathering at restoration events up and down the river to make a last impact on the ecosystem and habitat health of the Duwamish River.
Join community members and local businesses for an afternoon of volunteering to restore the Duwamish River shoreline. Volunteers will help dig out invasive blackberry, lay down mulch and plant native vegetation. This event will continue the Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge initiated by BECU. Come learn more about the Challenge’s goal of uniting Tukwila’s business community for this local environmental cause and lend a hand restoring the Duwamish River’s ecosystem. For more information about the Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge visit the challenge’s website.
Where to Meet: Green River Trail at the BECU Campus (12770 Gateway Dr. Tukwila,WA)
What to Bring: Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged), wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle. Tools, training and refreshments will be provided
Youth Volunteers: Volunteers under 18 and attending the event without a parent or guardian must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to the event with them. Click here to download the Forterra Youth Volunteer Waiver.
This event is sponsored by:
Information on the Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge:
Inspired by the efforts of BECU employee, Mike Arizona, BECU is challenging other businesses to join a shoreline habitat restoration project to remove invasive blackberry plants that are destroying vital habitat for salmon and other native wildlife and replace it with native plants. In 2010 Mike organized a team of other BECU employees to begin restoring habitat along the Duwamish shoreline located behind BECU’s Tukwila headquarters. In the two years they have been working there efforts have made a substantial impact on the overgrown and deteriorating shoreline and BECU wants to partner with other businesses in the area to expand the project.
To kick off the challenge BECU has committed $10,000 as well as staff time to assist other businesses with hands-on restoration projects. Other key partners include The City of Tukwila who are providing staff resources and additional funding as well as Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) who will act as the fiscal agent and use their proven track record to oversee the project.
How You Can Get Involved
Sponsor a section of the river. Funding is needed to purchase restoration materials, recruit and support volunteers, and maintain newly planted shoreline areas. Challenge sponsors will receive recognition at our launch event and will be featured in publicity materials.
Spread the word. Help others learn about the Challenge by putting up fliers, and by informing your friends and colleagues.