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Join Auburn's 1st Annual Earth Day Project April 19

West Hill Lake

The City of Auburn Environmental Services division is hosting Auburn's first annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the West Hill Lake Natural Area located at 801 W Street NW. All are invited to participate in this volunteer project to remove invasive English Ivy (Hedera helix) that has taken hold, and is dominating areas within the existing mature forest of the City’s West Hill Lake natural area. The West Hill Lake Natural Area is a 9-acre area of largely intact mature forest that includes a 2-acre lake, and is one of the most sensitive aquatic areas in the City.

Removal of the ivy is necessary because ivy commonly overtakes non-maintained open spaces and chokes out native trees and shrubs that provide habit, cover, and foraging opportunities for wildlife in urban areas. The ivy does not have any natural predators or pests to keep it in check, and it provides little to no food for wildlife and is not native to this area.

Ivy removal will consist of hand removing vines from trees and areas where native ground shrubs and groundcover has been overtaken. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves. English Ivy may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.

Volunteers will meet at the east entrance of the natural area at 801 W St. NW, located approximately 500 feet south of S. 318th St. Parking is available along W St. NW.

If you would like to participate, email Jamie Kelly with City of Auburn Environmental Services or call 253-804-5092.