Picture gallery: The dirt on volunteering at Mima Mounds NAP

On February 23, volunteers were greeted with a sunny and beautiful day at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP).

Mima Mounds NAP Volunteers

Check out our photo gallery and find links to upcoming volunteer events helping DNR maintain your natural areas.    

Volunteers helped clean and maintain trails and picnic areas in preparation for the busy spring bloom season, and also pulled invasive Scot’s broom from the prairie and oak woodland areas of the preserve.

The orange tools they are carrying are weed wrenches, which use leverage to yank the long Scot’s broom tap roots from the ground.  The orange tools they are carrying are weed wrenches, which volunteers use as leverage to yank the long Scot’s broom tap roots from the ground.  

Scots broom
The above photo shows how Scot’s broom, an aggressive non-native species, can takes over in an open sunny areas. This photo was taken near the preserve on non-DNR land. Photo: Deborah Nemens, DNR.

Scot’s broom is an aggressive non-native species that takes over in open sunny areas, and can quickly turn a diverse native prairie into a dense shrubby monoculture if not controlled.  It also adds nitrogen to the soil, giving an advantage to other invasive species that can outcompete native prairie grasses and wildflowers. 

Volunteers break at mima Mounds interpretive centerAfter a hard morning’s work, volunteers and staff took a break in the interpretive shelter, which features educational signage designed by DNR’s Luis Prado. These signs use words and imagery to describe prairie habitat, history, and the many theories explaining the origins of the mysterious Mima Mounds. 

DNR would like to thank all the volunteers who came out in February to get Mima Mounds NAP ready for spring.

Join us for upcoming Mima Mounds NAP spring-cleaning events (event flyer)

Also, check out the new Capitol State Forest map or download the map to your smartphone.

Volunteer events happening across the state
As we celebrate the second day of spring, it’s time to remember that our favorite sites will need some work to be ready in time for summer recreation. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has volunteer events going on across the state.

Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

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