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Get your green on for Earth Day activities

Volunteer at a city park, plant a tree seedling, shred old documents


Earth Day is fast approaching on April 22, and a number of events are planned in West Linn to help residents celebrate:

April 19

Tree seedling giveawayby: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Volunteers routinely work to clean up trails and remove invasive plant species at Mary S. Young State Park. The park is just one of several in West Linn seeking volunteers during Earth Day events this weekend.

The West Linn Public Library will be giving away tree seedlings, while supplies last, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. The seedlings will be provided by Weyerhaeuser, and the library expects to have around 100 to give away. The mixture of tree types won't be known until Friday, but in past years it has included Douglas firs, western red cedars, western hemlocks, noble firs and cypresses. The library is located at 1595 Burns St.

April 20

Restore Burnside Park for Earth Day

This Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the organization SOLVE is looking for volunteers to help remove English ivy and other invasive species at West Linn's Burnside Park, located at 5785 River St. Both tools and gloves will be provided, and volunteers will also partake in general litter pickup throughout the park.

To register as a volunteer, visit solv.org/get-involved/events/restore-burnside-park-earth-day.

SOLVE Mary S. Young State Park Earth Day celebration

SOLVE is also looking for volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon to help with native plant restoration at Mary S. Young State Park, which is located at 19900 Highway 43. As part of the Earth Day celebration, volunteers will also learn more about the native plants, wildlife habitats and riparian corridors. The West Linn High School Green Team will be on hand for this event, and it is family friendly. Volunteers are simply asked to wear appropriate work clothes and bring a water bottle.

To register as a volunteer for this event, visit solv.org/get-involved/events/mary-s-young-state-park-earth-day-celebration.

Wooly mullein ... Can you dig it?

In another event hosted by SOLVE, volunteers will be digging up wooly mullein invasive plants at White Oak Savanna at 2425 Tannler Drive. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel, work boots and gloves for the day's work, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. When the digging is done, volunteers will be taken to the top of the trail for "fun on the swings," if they so desire.

To sign up, visit solv.org/get-involved/events/wooly-mulleincan-you-dig-it.

Earth Day spring cleanup in Maddax Woods Park

Also in need of cleanup is Maddax Woods Park, where SOLVE calls for volunteers between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. Workers will remove debris and invasive growth from the park's trails while also restoring Dorothy's garden and building planters and fencing. SOLVE warns of steep slopes and possible heavy lifting for volunteers.

To sign up, visit solv.org/get-involved/events/earth-day-spring-cleanup-maddax-woods-park. Maddax Woods Park is located at 5785 River St.

The Nature Conservancy's Camassia Natural Area work party

One Earth Day event in West Linn is already filled to capacity with volunteers: Saturday's work party at the Camassia Natural Area on Walnut Avenue. Here, volunteers will help remove invasive species before a "Picnic for Earth" and short hike to end the event, which goes from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring a lunch, as well as hiking shoes, a daypack, water, multiple layers of clothing and sunscreen. A hat and gloves are encouraged as well, though the Nature Conservancy will have gloves available to borrow.

Community shred and recycle event

West Linn residents are invited to city hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a community shred day hosted by the city of West Linn Sustainability Advisory Board.

As its name suggests, the event is an opportunity to shred documents on site and recycle them. Two banker-size boxes for recycling will be provided for free, while any additional box will cost $5.

Attendees are also welcome to drop off e-waste items such as computers, televisions or laptops, free of charge.

Used eyeglasses will be collected by the West Linn Lions Club to be distributed to those in need.

City hall is located at 22500 Salamo Road.



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