A productive fall Duwamish Alive!

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Volunteers removing invasive blackberry in preparation for planting season.

On Saturday, October 21, we hosted nearly 60 volunteers at Pigeon Point Park in the West Duwamish Greenbelt in West Seattle, our biggest event in years for Duwamish Alive!

Duwamish Alive! is a regional day of service that brings together hundreds of volunteers to more than a dozen sites throughout the Green-Duwamish Watershed to improve the health of its habitat and water for salmon, wildlife, and communities. Other events took place at sites in South Park, Burien, Tukwila, and more.

Musician Jim Knodle plays cornet near the work sites.

During a rewarding morning working under cold blue skies, our volunteers at Pigeon Point Park restored more than 14,000 square feet of forest, preparing the sites to receive native trees and shrubs in the future. It was the latest step forward in DNDA’s long-term commitment to the health of this natural area and the watershed to which it’s connected.

We also got a visit from our longtime friend and musician, Jim Knodle! Continuing a tradition that dates back to our roots in the 2000s when we operated as Nature Consortium, Jim serenaded our volunteers while they worked.

The sites where volunteers removed invasive blackberries and ivy at this event will be among the first places to be planted at our upcoming Green Seattle Day event this Saturday.

Thanks to everyone who supported us in October and who have supported our work throughout the years!

-Written by DNDA Restoration Program Manager Ben Antonius