Each year, the King County Noxious Weed Control Program gets a great boost of support from the Puget SoundCorps, a branch of the Washington Conservation Corps’ AmeriCorps Program. Just when we need it most, a crew of six hardworking young adults heads out to help us tackle some of the county’s toughest noxious weeds.
This summer, the crew is spending fourteen days battling knotweed on three sites along the Snoqualmie River* under the guidance of Justin Brooks, riparian team lead for the Snoqualmie River. I met up with the corps members at the last of the three sites, on the South Fork Snoqualmie River just north of downtown North Bend. (Our crew calls this site “the Lost Forest” because it’s easy to lose your way out there.) This year’s team came to us from EarthCorps, a Seattle-based organization that joins AmeriCorps members and international young adults to work on conservation projects. By the time I arrived, most of the crew was already out controlling knotweed. Crew Leader Hannah Supplee was waiting for me at her truck. Fording the river, we hiked downstream to join the rest of the team.
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