Over 30 volunteers came together on a rainy Saturday to plant over 300 native plants along 325 feet of Parr Creek shoreline that flows through the Bothell Business Park in an effort to help our struggling salmon and orca populations. This is just one of over 70 events across the West Coast organized by Conservation Districts and partner organizations for Orca Recovery Day.
The City of Bothell, King Conservation District, and a KCD Washington Conservation Corp restoration crew collaborated together on this day of stewardship. Within just four hours, over 300 native trees and shrubs were planted alongside Parr Creek. Although it was a chilly, wet day, volunteers were ready to get their hands dirty. One volunteer used the event as a volunteer birthday party! Communities were able to connect to the land and learn more about the complex systems orca recovery depends on, and actions they can take to help. At the end of the day, volunteers were given reusable bamboo utensils to promote every day sustainable practices.
Clyzzel (also goes by Cly) joined KCD in September as the Community Agriculture Fellow through the Rainier Valley Corps/Got Green’s Green Pathways Fellowship Program. Cly is part of a family line of fishermen and farmers from a small province of the Philippines and is passionate about food justice. She believes that access to healthy food is a human right, not a privilege. Cly has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington Seattle. She was the political chair for the Filipino American Student Association at UW Seattle in 2016 and has centered her life in uplifting the Asian Pacific Islander community ever since. Cly centers her activism in kapwa — the Tagalog word for togetherness. To her, food is a physical and spiritual way to connect with community, the Earth, the past and future generations.