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Posted on: September 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] - Volunteer: Help Restore State Park's Natural Areas -

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Join National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI volunteers to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas Sept. 26, 2015.

The volunteer event is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. To register for the event or other volunteer opportunities, visit mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.

Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.

National Park Service employees will volunteer at the state park as part of the Find Your Park campaign, which runs alongside national parks’ 100th anniversary celebration.

The National Public Lands Day volunteer event is part of a 15-year partnership between Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Washington State Parks to preserve and enhance 40 acres of natural areas within Lake Sammamish State Park.

To date, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has engaged almost 10,000 volunteers and planted more than 40,000 native trees and shrubs within the park.

In addition, recent funding sources have given significant boosts to restoration and recreation in the park.

A Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant funded renovations to the Sunset Beach swimming area, with a new bathhouse and beach improvements, coupled with near-shore habitat restoration.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust also received funding from the King County Flood Control District for Issaquah Creek to begin a new restoration site, continue maintenance on sites started more than 10 years ago and study the potential for large-scale in-stream restoration to support chinook salmon recovery.

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