[Volunteer Event] Grays River Willow Planting - Columbia Land Trust
Volunteers planting trees at Mill Road, Grays River.
Help us plant 1,000 willows along the Grays River at Mill Road.


You’re invited to join Columbia Land Trust’s coastal Land Steward Austin Tomlinson and volunteers as we aim to plant 1,000 willows along the Grays River at Mill Road. Come drop by for as long as you like or stay until we reach our goal. This large planting will help us continue to develop projects that benefit wildlife and address flood-control issues of neighbors. 

About Grays River: Located in southwest Washington’s Wahkiakum County, the Grays River twists through farmlands and Sitka spruce swamps before meeting the Columbia River. We’ve conserved and restored numerous tidal wetlands, allowing the river access to its floodplain and providing habitat for salmon, waterfowl, and other species. The swamps provide rearing habitat for the endangered coho, Chinook, chum, and steelhead — whose runs along the Grays River were once legendary. The last 150 years have brought changes, as farming and then the demand for Sitka spruce during World War II led to the tree’s rapid decline. The challenge today is how to balance the needs of people who live along the Grays River with the need to care for habitat.

Safety Considerations: Be prepared to navigate among trees and shrubs, traversing some uneven and wet ground.

Age Considerations: Participants under 12 require adult supervision. Attendees under the age of 18 will be required to have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

What to Bring: Come prepared for cold and rain. Bring rain gear, rubber boots, your lunch, and a water bottle. Consider bringing a dry set of clothes for later in case it’s a wet-weather day. The Land Trust will bring shovels, gloves, and other event supplies.

Transportation: Let Austin know if you’re interested in leading or joining a carpool or if you have any questions or concerns about parking.  Parking is available along Mill Road. 

To sign up contact Austin Tomlinson at atomlinson@columbialandtrust.org or (503) 440-0084.