Satsop River Highway 12 invasive plant removal and habitat connectivity volunteer days

Satsop River Highway 12 invasive plant removal and habitat connectivity volunteer days

Conservation Northwest / Jul 07, 2021 / Cascades to Olympics, Connecting Habitat, Volunteering, Wildlife Crossings

Blackberry removal volunteer days to support wildlife passage under Highway 12

July – Friday 16 & Saturday 17
August – Friday 20 & Saturday 21
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join Conservation Northwest staff and partners as we meet at the Satsop River to remove blackberries from a bridge that serves as a key wildlife crossing structure and riparian corridor. And to help restore agricultural land for the community through our partnership with engaged landowners. Supporting wildlife movement under Highway 12 advances regional connectivity and supports our Cascades to Olympics program.

There are ten volunteer slots available for each day, so please register by emailing with your preferred volunteer timeslot(s).

Once you’ve registered, detailed instructions and directions will be sent.

If interested, you will need to dress appropriately (long pants and sturdy footwear) and bring any trail cutting gear, loppers, sturdy pruners, gloves or really awesome Indiana Jones style hats that you might have. We will have some equipment on-site for use. Do not forget water, food, medications or any other necessary items. We’ll have a volunteer waiver form for you to sign.

FYI: Singing out of tune while working is allowed, however, singing without passion is strictly prohibited.

Brian Stewart, Cascades to Olympics Coordinator, based in Lewis County.

We hope to see you there!

This project and our work to support wildlife passage under Highway 12 is being done coordination with Washington State Department of Transportation and Weed Warriors through generous grants from:

James M. Lea Foundation

Tulalip Cares Fund

Thank you!

Stay tuned—we’ll share more information about this wildlife passage project in Southwest Washington in the months ahead. Visit our CASCADES TO OLYMPICS webpage for more background.


The Satsop River Bridge on US Highway 12 near Elma, Washington. The west bank is mostly impassable to large wildlife, and in need of clearing. Photo: Brian Stewart