EarthCorps volunteers pitch in at Edmonds Marsh; and Oct. 25 you can help too

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A crew of volunteers from EarthCorps was on Friday out clearing the area adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh boardwalk near the Harbor Square tennis courts.  Their efforts were focused on non-native invasive plants such as English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.
Volunteers from EarthCorps were out clearing the area adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh boardwalk near the Harbor Square tennis courts Friday. Their efforts were focused on non-native invasive plants such as English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

EarthCorps, with support from the City of Edmonds, is helping to improve Edmonds Marsh. Edmonds Marsh is a unique asset to the City that provides important habitat for local wildlife and naturally helps filter stormwater before it runs into Puget Sound. Edmonds Marsh also offers abundant bird watching opportunities as both resident and migratory birds flock to saltmarsh habitats. However, many marshes like Edmonds Marsh were completely filled and developed many years ago, making Edmonds Marsh a rare gem in this area of Puget Sound.

Indira Nizamutdinova heard about EarthCorps on Twitter in her native Kazakstan.  "It looked like a great opportunity to have some fun and do some good," she said, "so here I am!"
Indira Nizamutdinova heard about EarthCorps on Twitter in her native Kazakstan. “It looked like a great opportunity to have some fun and do some good,” she said, “so here I am!”

EarthCorps is looking for community volunteers to help enhance the existing buffer around the north edge of the marsh. EarthCorps crews are currently removing invasive species in this area, including Himalayan blackberry, ivy, and morning glory, to make way for native plants this fall. On Oct. 25, EarthCorps and the City will be hosting a volunteer event to replant this area with a diversity of native shrubs and groundcover plants that, with stewardship, will create a rich hedgerow that enhance wildlife habitat while maintaining a view corridor for bird watching and enjoying the marsh. Keeping invasive plants away is an on-going effort and EarthCorps is currently looking for opportunities to continue stewardship of this area with community involvement.

For more information or to register for the volunteer event, visit EarthCorps website at www.earthcorps.org or contact Dhira Brown at 206-322-9296, Ext 204.

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