Help us plant 1,400 Sitka spruce along the Wallacut River this winter.
Saturday, January 27th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You’re invited to join Columbia Land Trust’s coastal Land Steward Austin Tomlinson and volunteers as we aim to plant 1,400 Sitka spruce trees along the Wallacut River. We’ll place, dig, and plant one-gallon potted spruce throughout an old access road and pasture surrounded by Sitka spruce swamp. Come drop by for as long as you like or stay until we reach our goal. This large planting will be the final stage in restoring the 113-acre Wallacut River property, setting this site up to become the forested wetland that keeps water clean, owls fed, and fish healthy.
About Wallacut: This 113-acre property sits along the shores of the Wallacut River and the Columbia, just five miles east of the Pacific Ocean near Ilwaco, WA. Otters play here, red-legged frogs lay their eggs, and marsh wrens nest. The site contains five distinct habitat types – from tidal marshes dotted with skunk cabbage to an upland forest with mature Sitka spruce trees. Named during George Vancouver’s 1792 expedition along the Pacific Coast, the Wallacut River area was reported by many of the early Columbia River explorers to be an important fishing location to native Chinook peoples. This area was homesteaded by the 1840s, and many of its early inhabitants were likewise engaged in fishing-related occupations.
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. Parking is available along Stringtown Road near the access point.
Registration Required: Participants should register below. Additional directions and details will be provided upon registration.