Getting close to the Earth: A reforestation project

This past weekend, I volunteered with my Jewish Coop, Kavana, in partnership with a local nonprofit, Earthcorps on a reforestation project in Discovery Park, one of the largest parks in Seattle.  On a clear day, it offers splendid views of the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains framing the brilliant blue Puget Sound.

We hiked about a mile into the park to where the Navy buildings used to be. They were torn down a few years ago and the park designated the land to be transformed into a deciduous forest.

The timing was perfect—we were celebrating Tu B’shevat, Judaism’s birthday of the trees, and here we were, helping these trees and shrubs begin a new life in the park. Children and adults grabbed shovels with glee and dug deep into the earth to make room for the roots to spread and thrive. We got our hands, clothes, knees, and feet dirty, but we didn’t care.

One of the beautiful shrubs we planted

It was a great feeling, being out there with our community in partnership with this amazing nonprofit whose mission is to build global community through local environmental service.

Earthcorps staff person (green vest) working with volunteers

Working hard!

64 volunteers showed up to help and a total of over 600 native trees and shrubs were planted!

As we ended the day, we saw a bald eagle soaring high over the park. Suddenly another bald eagle flew out to join it and the pair glided gracefully out of view. We are creating a wonderful habitat for those eagles and other animals in the years to come.

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One Response to Getting close to the Earth: A reforestation project

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you another inspiring post! I am the steward for Cotton Hill Park here in my Kirkland neighborhood. Four years ago we began removing invasive ivy and blackberries from this overgrown and unusable urban forest. We’ve cleared and replanted about half the park, and it’s so beautiful now. In the process, neighbors have gotten to know each other, and people now walk through the park in a steady stream. When people participate in a restoration work party, they’re always amazed at how fun and satifsfying it is!

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