“Get on Board the Boardwalk” Northwest Stream Center ELEVATED NATURE TRAIL SNEAK PEEK
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9/13/2014
When: 9/13/2014
1:00 PM

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Who should stop by: Everyone who wants to “take a walk on the wild & wet side” and keep their feet dry

What’s Happening:  
Stroll on the first 60% of the Elevated Nature Trail and enjoy nature’s splendor
Meet Volunteers and Contributors who are building this amazing project
Sign up to become a Volunteer and/or Contributor
Check out the Trout Stream Exhibit – the viewing windows will be open

RSVP : 425-316-8592 
Directions: see the Contact Section of www.streamkeeper.org
http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Contact.html


The long anticipated Northwest Stream Center Elevated Nature Trail is under constructionThe first of five loads of 100% recycled plastic lumber arrived on June 2.  A second delivery occurred at the beginning of July. By the end of July, approximately 40% of the decking was in place.  The third shipment of recycled plastic lumber arrived on August 7.  Our volunteers, with the help of two Technicians, are moving as fast as possible to install the next 20% by mid-September. 

It really is happening! And by the time the Elevated Nature Trail is complete, over 250,000 pounds of old plastic bottles and containers will be put to a better use.


Volunteer Marian Hanson digging up plants just ahead of Kyle and Ross


Since early spring,  many wonderful volunteers have been carefully removing native plants along the trail that would otherwise be covered with the boardwalk.  They are replanting that vegetation in locations where more volunteers removed large areas of invasive nightshade plants in three-foot thick mats!  Underneath all the nightshade, they discovered a small headwater stream and, with the addition of the transplanted trail vegetation, created a beautiful natural landscape.  In order to get visitors to this new feature, a Trail Extension is needed.

Several visitors have stopped by and really like what they see.  They understand how the Elevated Nature Trail will be used to teach up to 45,000 visitors a year the interconnections between forests, wetlands, streams, fish, wildlife and people...to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds.

A new visitor enjoys the view!


Now that we can “float” just above the Northwest Stream Center’s wetlands, creeks, and forest floor on the Elevated Nature Trail, new unique view locations have been discovered.  They call out to be places for visitors to gather and reflect on Mother Nature’s handiwork: Beaver WorksForest LanternsCedar CathedralSalmon Arena, and Headwaters Stream.  At each location, we need to double the width of the Elevated Nature Trail.

To make the Elevated Nature Trail universally accessible, the Trout Stream Crossing at the beginning of the trail, the Frog Pond Crossing in the middle of the trail, and the Wetland Crossing at end of the trail has to be replaced. 

If you would like to become a volunteer and help us get this project finished before the fall monsoons arrive - call now- or just stop by in your grubs.  You will be put to work right away!   All of our volunteers will tell you that it is a great feeling to create something this beautiful that will last a very, very long time.  You are invited to enjoy that experience.

You can also help create the new Elevated Nature Trail features in several ways:

  • Contribute $25 each for one or more Deck Boards to help pay for the Trail Extension and be recognized on a plaque.
  • Contribute $500 for a Boardwalk Section and be recognized on a stainless steel nameplate at the section of your choice.
  • Contribute $5000 for any of the following Viewpoints and be recognized on a stainless steel nameplate at the location of your choice: Beaver WorksForest LanternsCedar CathedralSalmon Arena, or Headwater Stream.
  • Contribute $15,000 for either the Trout Stream Crossing, Frog Pond Crossing, or Wetland Crossing and be recognized with a stainless steel nameplate on a new bridge!

Want to make a contribution now?  You can do so using the following link to our website:

https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?cid=919
Please use the comment section to describe your contribution and how you would like to be recognized.


Please forward this message on to your friends and anyone else you think might be interested in a Sneak Peak of theElevated Nature Trail at the Northwest Stream Center.