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Expedia Day of Caring

Volunteers Help Restore a Forest at Squak Mountain

Volunteers from Expedia joined with The Nature Conservancy to begin the work of restoring natural forest on the site of a former private RV park at Squak Mountain as part of a nationwide Day of Caring in early September.

Some 20 volunteers turned out to work on the site, which was recently acquired by King County Parks. Tucked between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlands Park and Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area on the Issaquah-Renton Road, the site is richly forested with big leaf maples and soaring evergreens. The new park will fit into the terrific Cougar-Squak-Tiger Mountain Corridor.

Volunteers from Expedia swung pickaxes and shoved shovels into hard-packed gravel to break up camping pads so that native trees and shrubs can be planted.

Volunteers had a variety of reasons for choosing to volunteer with the Conservancy:

  • “I’m here for the fresh air.”
  • “I’m here because I live 10 minutes from here, and I want to bring my daughter to hike on these trails.”
  • “I’m here to get out from behind a computer and into nature.”

And they all had fun!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with The Nature Conservancy.