WARRENTON — Nearly a dozen volunteers powered through a brief rain shower Saturday to free Sitka spruce trees from invasive ivy vines.

They were working in the Sand Creek Wetlands Habitat Reserve owned by the North Coast Land Conservancy and located near the Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. The ivy pull marked the first volunteer stewardship day of the year for the organization.

An important stop for migratory birds, the Sand Creek properties stretch for just over 70 acres and are part of a large system of wetlands in the Warrenton and Hammond region.

The organization schedules stewardship days throughout the year. The next one will occur in February at Circle Creek Conservation Center in Seaside.

Volunteers can help sort, identify and spruce up or repair tools. A stewardship day in March will give volunteers a chance to plant willows at the Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve.

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