Friends of South Whidbey State Park put out a call for help and Navy volunteers from Electronic Attack Squadron 209, a Reserve EA-18G Growler Squadron from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, answered.
After recent wind and rain storms, the Forest Discovery Trail on South Whidbey Island had considerable standing water and tree debris said Ted Brookes, FOSWSP work party coordinator who organized the December 19 cleanup event.
“Our principal objective for this work party was to clean up two trails in preparation for our second annual First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2016,” said Brookes in a Navy press release.
Leading the charge for VAQ-209 was Personnel Specialist (PS) 1st Class Salimah Muhammad. Volunteering with him were Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Jacob Servin, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ramon Razo, PS2 Craig Wingate and PS2 James Smith.
The sailors loaded many wheel barrows full of bark mulch and spread it on the wettest parts of the trail, and then they cleared the trail of overhanging branches, overgrown plants and broken tree limbs.
Brookes said the trail is now in tip top condition for the New Year’s Day event and safe for children and families to enjoy.