Breaking news! I’m proud to announce I received the inaugural “Legacy Award” for being a “positive force” in my community to improve parks and recreation and for my leadership of Friends of Des Moines Creek and other volunteers for nearly two decades. Please read the article here: LegacyAwardArticle August 2017
As I walk or jog along Des Moines Creek each week, I am truly thankful for all the volunteers who have given their time to help improve our natural areas. I couldn’t do it alone. Though the award was presented to me, it was earned by all of us.
Friends of Des Moines Creek
Since 1999, Laura has led Friends of Des Moines Creek and partnered with community volunteers to restore fish and wildlife habitat and maintain and protect miles of Des Moines Creek that flows into Puget Sound.
Past projects along Des Moines Creek include:
- Removing invasive English ivy, Himalayan blackberries and other non-native vegetation (See how volunteers remove ivy on steep slopes here):
- Planting native plants;
- Mulching around installed plants; and
- Installing fences to protect the creek buffer.
To inquire about ongoing volunteer opportunities with Friends of Des Moines Creek, or to suggest a project with your own group, please email LauraHartema@yahoo.com. Please include “Volunteer” in your subject line.
Bird Lovers, click on the links below to discover what birds were observed by Laura and volunteer Sharon Cormier-Aagaard along Des Moines Creek:http://ebird.org/ebird/DesMoinesCreekBirdsSept2015 ; and http://ebird.org/ebird/DesMoinesCreekBirdsJan2016.