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Marysville plans Earth Day tree planting at Strawberry Fields


April 11, 2018 | View PDF

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Luci Lester digs a hole near Allen Creek as part of the city of Marysville's annual Earth Day Celebration on April 23, 2016.

Locals can come down to Strawberry Fields Park on Earth Day this year to help plant trees, improve streams for fish and participate in games and activities.

The event is on April 21 at Strawberry Fields Park at 6100 152nd St. NE, Marysville. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees which would help restore the middle fork of the Quilceda Creek.

"The city is working with the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation," said Jessie Balbiani, a surface water specialist with the City of Marysville.

The foundation is a local nonprofit that works to improve stream ecosystems around the Puget Sound.

They have a grant from the Department of Ecology meant to help restore the "riparian buffer" around the Quilceda Creek, which is the area of vegetation and trees that typically surround a stream.

"The foundation has received a grant from the Department of Ecology to restore a 100-foot riparian buffer around the stream," said Balbiani.

"We use events like these to help meet the goals for that grant," she said.

The planted trees are meant to improve the water habitat for salmon and other fish.

"It keeps the water cool and offers camouflage protection from overhead predators," said Balbiani.

The shade provided by trees also helps keep the water temperature lower, which tends to be good for salmon and fish.

Balbiani said that the trees also serve as natural filters for water going into the stream, which also helps improve the water quality.

"The salmon need clean and cool water," she said.

The city is preparing 1,400 trees to be planted as part of the Earth Day event. Staff from the city and the foundation will be on hand to help people learn how to plant the trees properly.

It is an all-ages event. Wearing sturdy boots and work clothes is encouraged.

"It's a good opportunity for the community to get together and give back," said Balbiani.

"From the city's perspective its good to meet our residents and get our message out there about what we do at surface water," she said.

Activities and games will also be available at the Earth Day event.

Visitors will be able to decorate a free T-shirt, learn about native plants and see juvenile Coho salmon on a fish camera.

Gloves, tools and light refreshments will also be provided at the Earth Day event.

The event is presented by the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation along with the cities of Marysville and Arlington and the Tulalip Tribes.

For more information or if you have questions you can contact Jessie Balbiani at 360-363-8144 or at


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