Volunteers work to restore Battle Ground’s Brookhaven Park and Woodin Creek

Gathering set for Saturday to plant trees in an effort to benefit the local habitat

BATTLE GROUND — Dozens of volunteers will gather at Battle Ground’s Brookhaven Park this Sat., Feb. 23 to dig a hole, plant a tree, and do it again – all in an effort to benefit the local habitat, Woodin Creek, and the wildlife that call it home.  Volunteers hope to plant 800 to 1,000 plants between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.

The  planting event is part of a larger Woodin Creek restoration project, led by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and funded by a Clark County Clean Water Restoration Fund Grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, to restore the local habitat, protect its ecosystems, and engage the community in sustaining local waterways and the Columbia River.

Brookhaven is a 1.5 acre public park located just east of South Parkway featuring a paved path that runs along Woodin Creek.   The restoration project began last year with the removal of invasive species – primarily blackberry – from the park. The planting of native species will support the health and sustainability of the park.

The project is also designed to promote community engagement and create educational opportunities for Battle Ground students.  The City of Battle Ground collaborates with the Estuary Partnership on the Woodin Creek OSPREY (Outdoor Science, Planting, & Recreation for Every Youth) project to provide stormwater-focused science curriculum to over 500 students from Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley Middle Schools.

Those wanting to volunteer for this Saturday’s planting at Brookhaven Park may find more information and register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/woodin-creek-volunteer-planting-february-23rd-dig-it-plant-it-do-it-again-registration-49905439513.

Information provided by city of Battle Ground.

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