By Shawna Lee, Clearwater staff member
Work is nearing completion on the North Creek Clearwater Reach stream restoration project.
The final phase of the project involves planting thousands of native trees and shrubs in the riparian zones at both The Clearwater School and Clearwater Commons. Scott Moore, Native Plant Steward at Snohomish County Surface Water Management, created a planting plan and plant list to re-vegetate the construction area.
Shrubs awaiting planting on west side of North Creek
In the late fall, members of the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) planted 1,000 trees on both sides of North Creek running through school property.
Hundreds more shrubs on the eastern slope of North Creek
In early February, 3,000 shrubs were delivered and placed. WCC did much of the planting, and last week members of that crew trained Clearwater students and staff how to plant the remaining several hundred shrubs to ensure a high survival rate. We have this week and next to finish the planting.
WCC crew member explaining technique to Justin, Lily and Tommie
...and they set to work