Cleaning up the greenbelt

Laura Neilson, a volunteer from the University of Washington, pulls one of eight tires out of the Cheasty greenbelt on Beacon Hill's eastside. Neilson was one of approximately 200 volunteers, including members of teh local Earthcorps chapter, that spent most of the morning and afternoon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to clean up the area. The volunteers focused much of their efforts on Engish ivy, an invasive, noxious plant species that currently covers approximately 60-70 percent of Seattle's 3,700 acres of forested parks, according to Earthcorps officials. One of the volunteer organizer's goals was to transform MLK Day into one of community action. Their slogan was "A day on! Not a day off."[[In-content Ad]]