Redmond, Wash., October 5, 2012 – On October 6-7, 2012, a group of Redmond neighborhood volunteers will continue the transformation of a local, neglected one-acre
woodland into a vibrant urban wild space by planting hundreds of native trees, shrubs and ferns, with expert guidance from the Adopt A Stream Foundation
from King County’s Wild Places in City Spaces grant program.
Work already completed on the project includes the removal of tons of invasive vegetation and litter and development of a new walking trail around the perimeter of the woods. On Saturday, 10/6 and Sunday, 10/7 volunteers will continue the restoration process by replanting the cleared areas.
The Adopt A Stream Foundation is providing hands-on help with technical guidance on environmental restoration and native species planting. Members of the public are invited to come to Stratford Village Woods at 7878 – 140th Ave. NE, and join in the planting from 9am – 3pm on Saturday and 12-3pm on Sunday.
Volunteer leaders have noticed the positive impact that the project is having on the neighborhood located in the Grass Lawn community about a mile from downtown Redmond. “The Stratford Village Woods Restoration project truly is bringing our community together,” comments volunteer project manager Mara Krieps. “Dozens of people are having fun collaborating on this, and we're excited that we will benefit the neighborhood and our environment for generations to come.”
About Stratford Village
Built in 1981, Stratford Village is a community of 34
cottage-style homes surrounding a one-acre woodland. Residents include a diverse mix of couples, singles, and families with children. Stratford Village is located in the Grass Lawn area of Redmond, within walking distance of downtown and the Microsoft campus. For more information, please go to www.facebook.com/StratfordVillage or email email@example.com.
About City of Redmond Neighborhood Matching Fund
The purpose of the Neighborhood Matching Fund is to help improve the quality of life in Redmond's neighborhoods by supporting partnerships between the City of Redmond and
neighborhoods. The matching fund encourages projects that foster neighborhood pride and enhance and beautify Redmond's neighborhoods. The City supplies a cash grant up to $5,000 for a neighborhood project and the neighborhood matches the City's contribution with local resources of volunteer labor, donated materials or professional services, or cash. For more information, please go to www.redmond.gov/Residents/NeighborhoodMatchingFund/.
About King County Wild Places in City Spaces
Wild Places in City Spaces provides grants to volunteer organizations, community groups, and government agencies for projects reforesting urban areas and restoring habitat within the Urban Growth Area of King County and incorporated cities. Examples of funded projects include removing invasive species and planting native plants in wooded area near another natural area, stream and upland restoration including stewardship training that includes field activities, as well as placement of woody debris and invasive plant removal. For more information, please go to www.kingcounty.gov/environment/grants-and-awards/grant-exchange.aspx.
About Adopt A Stream Foundation
The Adopt A Stream Foundation carries out a mission of teaching people how to become stewards of their watersheds. The organization offers Streamkeeper® Academy classes for all ages, produces environmental materials, and provides local communities with stream and wetland restoration technical assistance. For more information, please go to www.streamkeeper.org.
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10/6-7 Event on Redmond Patch http://patch.com/E-pC8H
Residents to begin restoration project at Stratford Village Woods on Sept. 15
King County Wild
Places in City Spaces 2012 Grants www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp/newsroom/newsreleases/2012/april/0419Wild-spaces-grants.aspx
Proposal of project to Redmond City Council on July 3
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