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Stilly-Snohomish task force seeking volunteers

Amy Witt, Washington Conservation Corps crew member, left, works with two local Girl Scout members at Jim Creek earlier this fall. - Courtesy Photo
Amy Witt, Washington Conservation Corps crew member, left, works with two local Girl Scout members at Jim Creek earlier this fall.
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ARLINGTON — A local task force will is organizing a tree-planting event on Nov. 7.

The Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force is seeking volunteers to plant trees and vegetation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Jim Creek near Arlington.

The family-friendly events will teach participants about salmon and stream ecosystems while they plant, said Kristin Marshall of the task force.

One of the key issues in the south fork of the Stillaguamish River has been the loss of mature forest near the waterways, which has a negative effect on salmon runs, according to a release by the task force.

Each year, Stilly-Snohomish engages more than 1,500 community volunteers to help in salmon recovery efforts.

The task force hopes in the upcoming years to plant as many as 15,000 native trees and shrubs along several salmon-bearing tributaries to the river, Marshall said.

One of those locations is Jim Creek, located northeast of Arlington.

For more information about the planting session, contact Marshall at 425-252-6686 or visit www.stillysnofish.org.

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