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Sound Salmon Solutions planting trees in Arlington, Marysville

SMOKEY POINT — Sound Salmon Solutions needs volunteers to help them contribute to salmon recovery by planting native trees and shrubs at their restoration sites in Arlington and Marysville.

"Spend a day or two, or more, directly contributing to improved stream and wetland wildlife habitat, while learning about native plant identification, and natural and local history," said Michele Harmeling, the volunteer, membership and outreach coordinator for Sound Salmon Solutions.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Sound Salmon Solutions will return to the Qwuloolt marsh estuary in Marysville for another tree-planting.

"Help us continue our efforts at this nationally recognized estuarine restoration site," Harmeling said. "Our work kicked off during last year's 'Days of Caring' with Snohomish County."

Volunteers will have opportunities to learn about estuarine ecosystems and the Qwuloolt marsh's significance as one of the last remaining estuaries on the Snohomish River. The trees planted during this day will help improve this estuarine ecosystem for salmon, as well as repopulate the site with native vegetation.

On Saturday, March 17, Sound Salmon Solutions will return to the Country Charm Park and Conservation Area in Arlington for another tree-planting there as well.

"Pearl Jam wants to put trees back into the Stillaguamish watershed, and you can help," Harmeling said. "Country Charm is always a popular place to work and play. You will be able to view the site, see what progress we've made over the years, then contribute your own plants to that progress."

Volunteers will be joined by representatives from the city of Arlington and other partners in planting native trees and shrubs to provide shade and nutrients for salmon.

On Saturday, March 31, Sound Salmon Solutions will be joined by other volunteers and partners, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in planting trees along the coho stream of Whitehorse Creek in Arlington.

"You'll get to scout for wildlife, like the beavers who have a dam here, and help monitor native vegetation planted by Sound Salmon Solutions in 2009," Harmeling said.

All events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on their respective days, and volunteers must register to receive directions and further details.

For all events, please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle, wear warm clothes and dress for the weather. Rain boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

Contact Harmeling by phone at 425-319-7696 or via email at michele@soundsalmonsolutions.org.

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