Edmonds celebrates Earth Day with plantings, habitat restoration and beach cleanup

Zora Jones, 6, help rake wood chips into place on newly-planted areas in Pine Ridge Park. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
Volunteers formed a wheelbarrow caravan to bring the mulch up the hill to the newly restored areas at Pine Ridge Park. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

It was a busy Saturday Earth Day morning in Edmonds, as various groups of volunteers and officials pitched in at local parks and beaches to honor the earth by contributing their labor to give the environment a meaningful boost.

The morning began with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen joining Snohomish County Parks Director Tom Teigen, other county officials, and citizen volunteers at Meadowdale Beach County Park to help expand the newly-created estuarine habitat area by making a dent in the jungle of blackberry, English ivy and other invasives that continue to encroach on the restored wetland, which Larsen had visited earlier this year.  Later that morning, the 2nd District congressman pitched in with a volunteer team at Southwest County Park, also clearing invasives in preparation for replanting with native species.

Congressman Rick Larsen puts some energy into clearing blackberries at Meadowdale Beach Park. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
The Earth Day work at Meadowdale Beach County Park was aimed at expanding the newly-created estuary area. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

Before rolling up his sleeves, Larsen took the opportunity to speak about the recent action by NOAA under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made more than $37 million available to help fund a variety of projects aimed at combatting climate change, restore habitat, reduce flooding, and create green jobs.

“Fourteen of these projects are in the state of Washington, and eight are in our district,” he added. “It’s very timely that we’re able to make this announcement of a significant investment in our environment the week of Earth Day.” (Learn more here)

Other Earth Day projects were held in various Edmonds city park locations, where volunteers planted trees, restored habitat and cleaned up beaches. The events were organized as a joint effort between the Edmonds Parks Department, the Edmonds Stewards, the Edmonds Tree Board, and Sound Salmon Solutions.

While some groups scoured Marina Beach and Brackett’s Landing North for trash, others formed a wheelbarrow caravan and shovel gang to spread more than 15 yards of mulch on newly replanted areas in Pine Ridge Park. Still another group of intrepid tree-planters put in more than 70 native trees along the banks of Shell Creek in Yost Park.

This volunteer assembles a protective cage to go around the new native plants being put in on the banks of Shell Creek in Yost Park. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
Two of the 70 young trees planted by Earth Day volunteers. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
Volunteers Maddie and Jeremy Owen help pick up trash at Brackett’s Landing. (All beach cleanup photos by Misha Carter)
Edmonds City Councilmember Will Chen and Asian Service Center Executive Director Robert Ha participated in the cleanup.
Naomi and Julie of the Edmonds Youth Commission help Earth Day volunteers sign in. There were 30 volunteers at Brackett’s Landing.
Marina Beach volunteers celebrate after a successful event.

— By Larry Vogel

  1. Thank you! I’m so grateful to see this local wilderness restoration work. I’ve also admired how Edmonds streets and trails are generally trash- and graffiti-free, which I’m sure involves volunteer efforts.

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