Walking through the wintery Woodlands in December, bare branched Birch, Ash, and Big Leaf Maple almost disappear among the green canopy of conifers. There is stillness and silence in the forest–no other voices heard, no dogs barking. Even the trees are still and silent in their winter dormancy.
Darkness falls early in the day. We celebrate the very shortest day of the year on December 21st– the Winter Solstice. This day is also the turning point for when the days begin to get longer again. The stillness and silence of winter is a time to pause, taking that inward stroke, and reflect back over the past year, while anticipating what is to come in the new year.
January Tree Planting Event—745 native trees planted in Woodlands east section, marking the 3rd year of FHNA’s 5 year reforestation program—Thank you to all volunteers who planted Oregon Ash, Paper Birch, Shore Pine, and Western Red Cedar on that cold wintery day! As we were digging the last few holes, the air temp grew steadily colder, then the snow started falling. Snow continued falling through that day…and the next… and the next. Here are some Woodland scenes after the snowfall.
Earth Day:April/Earth Day Invasive Plant Clearing Event– in Woodlands west section—Volunteers cleared invasive Himalayan Blackberry, Holly, and Ivy away from native trees planted the previous year, January 2011. We were all fortunate to enjoy relatively mild and sunny April day, and it was a superb way to honor Earth Day 2012.
October publishing: Check it out on FinnHillAlliance.org! The Juanita Woodlands Story is born to the blogosphere. For additional details, view the 2012 Juanita Woodlands Tree Study Project (open PDF).
October Volunteer Work: October Invasive Plant Clearing Event–in Woodlands east section—Volunteers cleared Himalayan Blackberry and Ivy away from the trees planted in January of this year. Thanks to all volunteers, who all endured driving rains and winds. Finn Hill Boy Scout Troop #604 showed up in force for this event!
December publishing: The 2012 Tree ID# and Height Measurement spreadsheet (click to open excel file) includes tree height data as of 12/14/2012 of 21 native trees planted in the west and east Woodlands between January 2010 and 2012. Biggest grower of 2012 is a Paper Birch in the west Woodlands (tree ID#PB1-JWW). April 2012 this tree measured 48” and grew 56” to reach a height of 104” by December 2012. See Measurement Log for details on this tree and others!
2012 thank you’s: to Teresa Chilelli, FHNA Chairperson of the Juanita Woodlands for organizing all the Woodlands events for 2012! Without her promo, publicity, and devotion there wouldn’t have been any tree planting events or invasives clearing events.
And thank you, Mike Crandell, King County Park’s Natural Resource Coordinator-Area IV. King County Parks supplied us with all the native trees, shovels, and tools. Mike demonstrated proper techniques for tree planting and invasives clearing at each event through the year.
Wildlife Sightings: 2011-2012 wildlife sightings in the Juanita Woodlands–Renee LeBlanc and family are one of the lucky families to be living across the street from the Woodlands. In fact, Renee reported to me that she and her husband chose that location because it was next door to the park. Here are some of the benefits that she and her family enjoy.
Do you have any photos of wildlife in the Juanita Woodlands? Now is your chance to post them on the Log Blog! Or email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them.
“Look For Springtime” Invasive Clearing/Clean Up Event in March!
Date to be announced soon. Volunteers wanted! Watch the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance web site finnhillalliance.org to keep informed of the exact date in March, time and location in the Woodlands. Go to the website to sign up to receive FHNA email announcements of this upcoming event, as well as all future Woodlands events in the Woodlands. Or contact Teresa Chilelli, FHNA Chairperson of the Juanita Woodlands at TChilelli@aol.com, or me (Anne) at email@example.com.
Who can volunteer in the Woodlands? Anyone! Especially YOU! Come join the fun. Families welcome. Come see your old Finn Hill neighbors—and meet new ones. No experience necessary. We supply the shovels and tools (and the coffee, hot chocolate, muffins & donuts). Plant a tree. Clear a blackberry. Besides having fun you can have the satisfaction of helping to create a healthier more beautiful Woodlands.
How to keep informed? Check the Juanita Woodlands Log Blog anytime, to keep informed on what’s growing and what’s going on in the Woodlands throughout the year. The Log Blog is published quarterly, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Stay informed here.
. . . . . . .Watch for the next edition of the Juanita Woodlands Log Blog—Spring 2013!