Sedro-Woolley Courier Times
National parks are important to residents at Country Meadow Village, a retirement community in Sedro-Woolley.
A group of them recently traveled to the ranger station post of the North Cascades National Park in Marblemount to plant seeds and wetland grasses that will aid erosion control in the park. This is the third year the group has traveled to volunteer their time and energy at the park.
Park Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Cunningham appreciates their annual visit.
“The contribution they make in our attempt to handle erosion control is significant,” Cunningham said. “I tell the interns that if they think they are going to have an easy day with this group, then think again because the crew from Country Meadow Village is one of our most productive sets of volunteers.”
Cunningham said in two years the seedlings from the seeds the residents planted will be transplanted into the area where they were gathered. The wetland grasses will be transplanted next spring.
David Bricka, program director at Country Meadow Village, said the long-term partnership between the residents and the park has been mutualluy beneficial and is in keeping with the company’s “Bring Retirement to Life” philosophy.
“It is a way for us to make a difference in sustaining our world locally by volunteering,” Bricka said.
“It’s a great opportunity to see firsthand one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”
Pictured: Seniors from Country Meadow Village pose for a photo during their visit to the North Cascades National Park ranger station in Marblemount. Back row, from left: Bob Benham, Nate Vandenberg, Jim Hicks and David Sexton. Front row: Sadie Linn, Program Director David Bricka, Juanita Hinson, Janet Monk and park intern David (no last name given).