Longfellow Creek to Benefit from National NeighborWoods Month

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Seattle – October 1, 2006. Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail today announced that it will plant/maintain 50 trees as part of their Longfellow Creek NeighborWoods Planting. This event is one of more than 100 regreening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.

The Longfellow NeighborWoods Month project will bring together business, student, government, and other community agencies and volunteers to plant native trees along the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail. As part of an ongoing ecosystem project, Denny Middle School students have been performing water quality tests on the creek. Among the most alarming findings, their tests have found nitrates, phosphates, and fecal coliform bacteria (E.coli) in the creek. In order to reach out to the community Denny Middle School students will be talking with local businesses about the economic benefits of a healthy ecosystem, and encouraging them to join the discussion as to how best protect the resource. Partners include: Longfellow Creek Watershed Council, Denny Wetland Nursery, Denny Middle School, and King Conservation District.
“It’s great to be working on an important regreening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Kate Stannard. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail’s celebration will take place as follows:
Oct 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thistle St. and 25th Ave., S.W. Meet under the picnic shelter.
Read the full Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail press release. (PDF)