The Grays Harbor Stream Team in conjunction with the Grays Harbor College Fish Lab and Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force is looking for volunteers for a tree planting event Saturday.
The Department of Natural Resources supplied 500 spruce trees, which volunteers will plant at various sites where the task force has replaced fish barrier culverts with fish passages. Big Creek and Johns River are two of the sites that will get trees Saturday.
Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the Grays Harbor College lower parking lot and head to the first site at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive early as there will be paperwork to fill out before hitting the field.
The Grays Harbor College Fish Lab is a volunteer-based program that focuses on educating students and the community on fisheries and environmental science through service. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for volunteers to build stewardship through hands-on learning. They meet every Monday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. in the Aquaculture building in the lower parking lot at Grays Harbor College. If you are interested in volunteering or reading about what the volunteers have been doing, visit https://www.ghc.edu/content/ghc-fish-lab-newsletter.
The Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force, created in 1980, is a nonprofit volunteer Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group funded in part by the state to do restoration projects such as fish barrier corrections. The task force has completed hundreds of projects and in recent times has brought close to $20 million dollars of restoration funds into the basin for habitat and culvert corrections.