Restoration

At the end of the 19th century, farmers cleared vast forests of alder, maple, and massive cedar from the Valley. Nature seemed infinite, and over time farmers cleared the trees and shrubs right up to the riverbanks, not realizing that those riparian forests were central strands in the Valley’s web of life. Riparian forests filter silt and nutrients from runoff headed to the river, produce woody debris to shelter maturing salmon, and provide homes for a wide range of wildlife. Without streamside vegetation, precious farmland soil is lost to the river, fewer birds visit to regulate crop pests, and there are fewer homes for the native pollinators that ensure abundant crops.

For the last 15 years, Oxbow has been working with organizations like Stewardship Partners, King Conservation District, and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to clear invasive species from our lands and re-plant native streamside forests. Oxbow was one of the first farms to be designated certified Salmon-Safe in the Puget Sound Region. Today, guided by a comprehensive Ecological Management Plan for the property, we continue the work of restoration with more energy and hope than ever.

Restoration Work Parties

Restoration volunteers at work.

Our restoration team hosts work parties to restore the native habitats around the Oxbow property; restoration promotes diversity of wildlife and plants and maintains a healthy environment for growing food. Join us as we plant new native plants, care for the native plants that are already here, and remove the invasive plants that push out our native friends.

Restoration work parties are usually 3 to 4 hours long, including a brief tour of the farm and an introduction to Oxbow’s history and mission. No experience is necessary, but all work parties occur outdoors and involve physical work such as digging, pulling, and lifting. Volunteers should come prepared with close-toed shoes and gardening/thick leather gloves – think blackberries! Dress for the weather: wear sun protection, and long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended for invasive weed removal. Be sure to bring water and snacks, and you are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy a family or group picnic on the farm after all of your hard work.

Sign up for scheduled volunteer restoration events or set up a private restoration event for your group by contacting our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator. Please be sure to indicate which event you are signing up for in your e-mail subject line.

If you are interested in receiving regular updates about our restoration work parties, contact our Restoration Volunteer Coordinator or follow us on Facebook.  If you are interested in becoming a regular restoration volunteer, take a short survey so that we can design our program with your schedule in mind.

Don’t forget to check back in to find out about Oxbow’s conservation and restoration efforts and successes.

Restoration Work Party Schedule

We’re excited to have you join us for some satisfying restoration work that protects native plants and improves habitat for wildlife of all kinds! Please RSVP here. 

All events will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday September 6th: We will meet at the West Entrance and then drive to our upland habitat, so be sure to RSVP ahead of time. Call Dawn at (760) 815-7863 if you’re running late.
Sunday September 10th

Saturday September 23rd

Saturday October 7th 

Saturday October 14th 

Saturday October 21st

Saturday October 28th 

Sunday November 5th

Sunday November 18

Sunday December 3rd

Saturday December 16th

 

Weed Removal and Maintenance
We will be removing weeds like blackberry, bindweed, and reed canary grass to give our native plants some room to breathe and to make room for new plantings this fall.

Use the West Entrance (Field Trip Entrance) to meet at the covered picnic tables at the far end of the parking area. We will meet at the start time and walk to our restoration site from there. Bring a water bottle, garden pruners or clippers, a trowel, gloves and any other gardening tools that you like to use if you have them. Gloves and shovels will be provided if you need them. You are welcome to stay after the event to have a picnic. Depending on what is growing, farm treats and/or native seedlings may be available, so bring a bag or box in case we’re able to do some u-picking after the event!

Please RSVP using the button below. Be sure to mention which Restoration Work Party date(s) you’re interested in when you respond.

RSVP for a Restoration Work Party

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Oxbow is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, and we can’t do this work without your help! We’re grateful for your contributions.

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