NASELLE — Want to lend a hand to some flying squirrels, salmon and endangered seabirds this winter? 

Join The Nature Conservancy for a tree-planting party Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve, near Willapa Bay.

The Ellsworth preserve is comprised of more than 7,000 acres near Long Beach. It includes stands of old-growth trees, some more than 800 years old, that provide home to endangered marbled murrelets, elk, black bears and even some unique critters like flying squirrels and giant salamanders.

Decades of logging and habitat fragmentation have taken its toll on this temperate coastal rainforest. The Conservancy is working with scientists and partners to restore thousands of acres of forest and miles of stream.

Volunteers can help create new habitat for the many creatures that call Ellsworth home by planting 2,600 western red cedar seedlings and 2,600 Sitka spruce seedlings Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.

Participants will meet at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge parking lot, at Milepost 24 on U.S. Highway 101, about 25 miles west and south of South Bend. Work hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

It’s sure to be wet and muddy so volunteers should bring sturdy boots, raingear and gloves. The Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek team will provide hot coffee and snacks. You’ll get a rewarding workout!  

Volunteers must register ahead of time. Contact Kyle Smith at kyle_smith@tnc.org or 503-325-3896, ext. 304.

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