Category: Project Highlight

Did you know? EarthCorps has worked on more than 110 trails across our region!

Below is a list of trails where we’ve worked. Do you see your favorite spot listed? If not, here’s your chance to check out some new trails! Fun Fact: Depending on the conditions, a typical trail crew can build up to a mile of trail in a week. On the flip side it might take… Keep reading

Tacoma Open Space Program Highlights

Volunteer restoration at South Ash St. working to turn around a neglected urban open space. EarthCorps’ Tacoma Open Space Program coordinates volunteer environmental restoration projects at ten different sites throughout the city. These sites range from forested upland areas, to a rehabilitated salt marsh, to urban wetlands, as well as other parcels of open land…. Keep reading

US Senator Cory Booker cites EarthCorps’ work in Climate Stewardship Act proposal!

We’re trying to play it cool, but this is REALLY big! Here is the back story: EarthCorps teamed up with Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) to study the rate at which coastal wetlands, estuaries, and tidal marshes sequester carbon. We studied how saltwater grasses and other marsh plants take carbon out of the air, and end up burying… Keep reading

Trees today, forests tomorrow

How does a forest benefit people and nature, and what can we do to ensure that it has an even bigger impact – today, tomorrow, and into the future? This is a question that EarthCorps continually asks as we plan forest restoration projects. Take a look at Discovery Park: Stretching 534 acres, Discovery Park is an urban… Keep reading

Bioswales and Orca Whales

My 14-year-old daughter, Anna, recently asked me how my week was going. “I’ve been busy saving orca whales,” I told her. She gave me a questioning look and asked, “how?” Well, one of the biggest threats to orcas in the Puget Sound is the decline of their main food source: salmon. And the abundance and… Keep reading

Rattlesnake Ledge

Winding through the forest, a busy trail overlooks the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake River, and Chester Morse Lake. Built fifteen years ago to accommodate an estimated 40,000 hikers a year, the trail’s stunning panoramic views are now seen by almost 300,000 each year. This is Rattlesnake Ledge. The increased popularity of… Keep reading

Discovery Park

With 534 acres of growing green forests, it may not be as a surprise that Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park. Initially built as the U.S. Army’s Fort Lawton, the park was converted to civilian use in 1973. Discovery Park now serves as national model for converting military bases into public parks and community centers…. Keep reading

Working together to improve the Green-Duwamish River

With funding from the King County Flood Control District, EarthCorps crews restored 20,000 square feet of a riparian buffer along the Green – Duwamish River. What is a riparian buffer, and what does it do? A riparian buffer is a fancy term to describe the land along a river. Healthy riparian buffers have a mix… Keep reading

Planting a Forest

When I was a child growing up in Brazil, I saw an interview on TV about a guy who planted a forest. His work brought back wildlife and improved the water irrigation on his property. It was interesting to see the beautiful and impactful transformation of the land. My love for nature and the environment… Keep reading

A Watershed Approach

It takes a watershed approach to clean up Puget Sound. What do I mean by that? To improve the health of Puget Sound, we have to work together to restore the lands and waters that feed into the sound. The EPA defines a watershed approach as one that involves all stakeholders, including federal, state, local… Keep reading