Make a Difference Day events set for Saturday

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Hundreds of volunteers are expected to join Vancouver Public Works and the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance in making the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway a little greener on Make a Difference Day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Leverich Park.

Volunteers will start the day with a brief breakfast and orientation at Leverich Park, at East 39th Street and Northeast Leverich Parkway. Then they’ll break into teams and tackle the planting of an estimated 4,300 trees and bushes. When they’re done, they’ll have helped the community take a big leap toward restoring the green corridor along the waterway, stabilizing the banks, preventing erosion, reducing stormwater flows and increasing wildlife habitat, according to a release from the city.

The city of Vancouver’s Greenway Team will provide the site preparation, invasive and noxious weed removal, irrigation and ongoing care needed to nurture the plants.

The Greenway Team also will provide 100 shovels, wheel barrows and rakes for volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to come dressed appropriately for whatever the weather brings. Each participant will receive a free pair of work gloves for volunteering.

Saturday’s Make a Difference Day event is also being made possible thanks to sponsors MacKay & Sposito Inc. and Nutter Corporation.

In 2008, 300 volunteers planted about 6,000 trees and shrubs in Leverich Park. In 2009, 500 volunteers planted 7,000 trees in Arnold Park, next to Leverich. In 2010, 270 volunteers planted 10,000 trees and shrubs in Leverich Park.