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Tree planting helps Marysville's Munson Creek

 

Christopher Andersson

Local college student Michelle Taggart helps plant trees at Marysville's Munson Creek for the Adopt A Stream Foundation on March 3.

Volunteers helped the Adopt A Stream Foundation with some of the final phases of improving Marysville's Munson Creek at Northpointe Park.

The local foundation has been partnering with the City of Marysville over the last three years in an effort to improve the water at the local creek.

Their March 3 planting involved one of the last stretches for the eight-acre project.

"We're planting trees along Munson Creek to improve the water quality," said Walter Rung, senior ecology at the Adopt A Stream Foundation.

The creek has exceeded the state quality standards for temperate and some bacteria levels.

"So the Department of Ecology gave us money to plant the creeks with trees, which will help filter some of the runoff that goes into the creek," said Rung.

In addition to filtering some of the water that goes into the stream, trees provide shade which is important for a fish's environment.

"If the water gets above 68 degrees it's lethal to salmon and trout," said Rung.

"This creek, sometimes it does get above that, and one of the reasons is that there is a lack of shade," he said.

An increased presence of trees would provide a better habitat though.

"The trees, as they grow tall, will establish a canopy which will block out some of the sun and keep the temperatures cooler," said Rung.

The stream's trees likely went away because of past land use of the property, said Rung.

"Farms and a history of cutting trees down, in general," are the general reasons that streams lose the trees that were around them, he said.

In addition to the planting, Adopt A Stream Foundation members have worked to remove invasive species that hinder tree growth.

"There was a lot of blackberry on the site, so we brush cut it and removed it," said Rung.

Volunteers came out to plant trees for the foundation on March 3.

"I really just love planting trees. That sounds really weird but I'm just constantly looking online for opportunities to do that," said local college student Michelle Taggart.

It is one of the final parts of the foundation's work on the stream.

"It's going great. This is our third year, our last year of the project," said Rung. "The entire area that we're planting is eight acres, and we're in the very last part of that. Today is the last volunteer event we have out here."

He wanted to thank the City of Marysville for their work with the foundation.

"They really support helping out the environment. We've had a lot of good luck with them," said Rung.

More information about the local foundation is available at streamkeeper.org.

 

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