The Juanita Woodlands Story

The Juanita Woodlands Story

What’s Growing and Going On In the Park
First Edition-Fall  2012  
Introducing the new Log Blog for the Juanita Woodlands Park—your connection to what’s growing and what’s going on in the park. Have you ever wondered how many inches a young tree can grow in 4 months? Or if different species of trees are growing at different rates? Then the see the new Juanita Woodlands Tree Study Project results, posted in each quarterly edition of the Log Blog! Keep up to date with how the trees are growing, in the on-going Tree Height Measurement Log. And click the Log Blog anytime to stay connected to upcoming events like invasive Clean-Up events or tree planting. Stay informed here.

The next Woodlands event: is the fall clean-up event on Saturday October 27th. Volunteers wanted! Now is your chance. Click here to sign up for this event. Come help clear invasive plants from the newly planted native trees planted by volunteers January 2012–Shore Pine, Paper Birch, Oregon Ash and Western Red Cedar.  Volunteers planted 750 native trees, in and around the existing Woodlands forest in the east section of the park on Finn Hill east of Juanita Drive. Now those young trees have had 10 months to grow, but so have the invasive plants around them! Become a Woodlands clean-up volunteer! No experience necessary. Come join the fun. Families welcome. See your old Finn Hill neighbors—and meet new ones. Or if you are one of our loyal seasoned volunteers, we look forward to seeing you back in the Woodlands! As always at past events, The Alliance has plenty of FREE hot Starbucks coffee, or hot chocolate, muffins and donuts for all. Click here to sign up for the event. Meet at 9:00 a.m. sharp at the eastern section of the Woodlands at the N. E. 120th Street trailhead. From Juanita Drive, turn east up the hill on N. E. 120th Place. Parallel park along the side of the N. E. 120th.  See you 9:00 a.m. October 27th!  Any questions, contact Teresa at  or me at If you cannot make it to the October 27th event, but would like to volunteer in the future, please sign up here for future events.

Field Notes from the west section of the Woodlands—What’s growing?

Did you know that volunteers planted several thousand native trees in January 2010 and 2011 in the west section of the Woodlands? Big Leaf Maple, Oregon Ash, Paper Birch, Shore Pine, Sitka Spruce, and Western Red Cedar. The Juanita Woodlands Tree Study Project has identified and labeled a small sampling of these young trees, in an on-going study to chart the growth from year to year.  What are the results so far? What tree has grown the fastest?  A young Paper Birch tree, planted January 2011, grows 56” from April to September 2012! Click the Tree Height Measurement Log for details. Map detailing the Tree Study Project where the Tree Study Project takes place.

Paper Birch #1–Click web album titled: LOG:PB1-JW-west-planted 2011
September 2011 – 40”
April 2012 – 48”   (photo: “2012-1-17 SP#1 & PB#1 after snowfall”)
July 2012 – 82”
September 2012 — 104”  (photo: “2012-9-1 SP#1 & PB#1 (planted Jan 2011”)

The second fastest grower was a Shore Pine, (planted January 2011) growing 30”, and Oregon Ash (planted January 2010) which added 19” in height.  Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar are slower growing, adding 4-7” growth for the 2012 season, but our tree biologists assure us they are growing well for that species of tree. For more details, see The Juanita Woodlands Tree Study Project and Tree Height Measurement Log.

Shore Pine#1—Click web album titled: LOG:SP1-JW-west-planted 2011
September 2011 – 40”      (photo: “2011-9-16 SP#1 west JB (planted Jan 2011”)
April 2012 – 54.5”       (photo: “2012-1-17 SP#1 & PB#1 after snowfall”)
July 2012 – 79”
September 2012 – 85”

Oregon Ash#2—Click web   album titled: LOG:OA2-JW-west-planted 2010
(photo: “2011-9-16 OA#2 west JW (planted Jan 2010”) September 2011 – 41”
(photo: “2012-1-17 OA#2 west JW (planted Jan 2010”)   April 2012 – 43”
July 2012 – 62”
(photo: “2012-9-1 OA#2 west JW (planted Jan 2010”) September 2012 – 62”

Sitka Spruce#2 –Click web album titled: 10 LOG:SS2-JW-west-planted 2010
September 2011 – 22”
April 2012 – 23”  (photo: “2012-1-17 SS#2 after snowfall-west JW (planted Jan 2010”)
July 2012 – 29”  (photo: “2012-7-4 SS#2 west JW (planted Jan 2010”)
September 2012 –30” (photo: “2012-9-1 SS#2 west JW (planted Jan 2010”

. . . . . . .Watch for the winter edition of the Juanita Woodlands Log Blog!

By Anne Fleming, Treasurer, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance


2 Responses to “The Juanita Woodlands Story”

  1. Lee Larsen says:

    Wow–love you blog! It’s so packed with interested factoids! And great photos! I am so inspired by your enthusiasm! And I love your tree height measurement log! I’m amazed that a pine tree can grow 39″ in less than one year! Also, it made me wonder how do you measure a tree’s height when it’s taller than your tape measure? Maybe you could write about this in a future blog. I’ll read with great interest. Thanks!

    • Anne says:

      Lee, Thank you for your enthusiastic response to my Log Blog and Tree Height Measurement Log! It’s interesting that you asked about how to measure a tree when it’s taller than the tape measure! I found out this summer. When I began this project I rigged up a 6 ft tape measure lashed to a 6 ft wood pole, and assuming that it would be tall enough to measure tree heights for a long time. But by mid summer 2012 I had to construct a taller 9 ft tape measure to get the height of the 104″ Paper Birch! What happens next?….Keep posted on my Log Blog for more info on what’s growing in the Juanita Woodlands–next edition December 2012.


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