What is restoration?
Restoration refers to activities that allows for the renewal of an area’s natural function. Restoration efforts often involve removal of garbage, removal of invasive plant species, planting of native plants, establishment of nature trails and others. By working together to re-establish the natural appearance, stability, and structure of First Creek, we can help it regain its natural function. Improving the creek allows future generations to be able to enjoy the First Creek Watershed. You can help by volunteering to help with stream cleanups, simple repairs, water testing and sampling.

What are invasive plant species?
Invasive plant species are species not from the local area that were brought in from different states or another part of the world. These invasive plants are able to thrive in their new environments that maybe different than their natural environment due to being aggressive, adaptable and having the ability to reproduce rapidly. Invasive plant species can grow uncontrollable in new environments due to absence of predators.

Invasive species found along First Creek:

Himalayan Blackberries
Himalayan blackberries prevent native trees like Pacific Madrone, Douglas Fir, and Western White Pine from growing due to limiting sunlight.

English Ivy
English Ivy crowds out native wildflowers and grows on tree trunks increasing the risk of trees being blown over due to increased mass. It also increases the risk of tree bark to have disease and rotting issues.

Japanese Knotweed
These plants’ extensive roots outcompete other plants, even small trees. They displace streamside vegetation, increase bank erosion and decrease quality for water wildlife.

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