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Checkerboard Project Service Trip

In early May, an enthusiastic group of Checkerboard volunteers made significant progress in removing invasive species from the forest around the oxbow in the Mid Fork Snoqualmie valley. The group was led by Tor McIlroy, restoration coordinator for the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and MidFORC’s Mark Boyar. The prime target was a lovely but smelly little plant called herb Robert. A native of Europe, it thrives in the shadows under the forest canopy. It is so prolific that it will overwhelm native flowers such as bleeding heart. Blackberry and dandelions were also removed by the work party. Thanks to Checkerboard volunteer Harry Romberg for organizing this annual service trip.