Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark and other officials kicked-off the Puget SoundCorps, Thursday, November 10, 2011. Goldmark honored returning veterans and young adults for removing invasive weeds and replanting hundreds of native plants at the nine-acre Gog-le-hi-te wetland park in Tacoma.
Created in 2011, SoundCorps provides employment opportunities to veterans and young adults (18-25) relying on federal grants. As an extension program of the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) administered under Ecology, SoundCorps creates jobs that help clean-up and restore lands in the Puget Sound basin. The US Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program through DNR provided the funding that hired the crew while Citizens for a Healthy Bay administered the crew and donated more than 50 plants to the cause.
SoundCorps crews typical work includes:
- Removal of creosote-treated wood and shoreline structures that damage habitat and pollute the Sound
- Restoration habitat at toxic cleanup sites.
- Removal of invasive species.
- Helping remove barriers for fish, and characterizing stream, habitat and pollution issues
- Repairing and removing forest roads to keep streams free from sediments.
- Conducting educational activities that help support the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda
For more information about the Puget SoundCorps and its partners visit the SoundCorps website
See our photos on Flickr of the Puget SoundCorps kick-off event in Tacoma.
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