Log Blog: Summer 2013

Log Blog: Summer 2013

Anne-headshot-June-2013Juanita Woodlands Log Blog

What’s Growing & Going On In the Park.

Fourth Edition: Summer 2013

Summer. The growing season. Long daylight hours and warmth from the sun create ideal growing conditions for the trees and plants in our pacific northwest forests. Walk through the Woodlands and see the abundance of new green leaves on trees and plants, a sea of greens, nature’s dynamism–sprouting, bursting forth new life.

“Set the focus of your eyes so that you begin to see not just a mass of trees, but variations and details that have meaning.” –Vinson Brown

This quotation is from an interpretive sign at West Mountain 3 Park at Tradition Lake.


Trail in west woodlands.

Can a young tree grow 34″ in 3 months? Yes! See Oregon Ash #3 in the Tree Height Measurement Log below. The Log tracks the growth of a small sampling of 21 of the 5000 trees planted by volunteers 2010, 2011 and 2012. From mid March to mid June 2013, several of the deciduous trees grew 24-30″ in height. Conifers grew 4-9″ in height.

June’s measuring process was more efficient and much more fun with the help of friend Jeanette Leach and her happy black lab Katie. Katie led the way, I measured, and Jeanette recorded the height measurements onto the spreadsheet.  Thank you Jeanette and Katie! Now that I know how much easier it is having someone else to help with the recording, here is an open invitation to come help with future measuring. If you are interested, contact me at email: afleming7000@hotmail.com.

The next measuring will be around mid to late September. BTW, Jeanette volunteers much of her time in Big Finn Hill Park. In fact, in addition to an on-going campaign to remove invasive plants from the park, she took the initiative herself, to map the trails in the park. She found a GPS mapping app to download her I-phone and walked all 10-12 miles of trails throughout the park! Her mapping work helped provide King County Parks with the data to publish a trails map–the first trails map ever,  for BFHP. More info on the new map in next Log Blog.

The following are the Tree Measurement Charts and photographs of the trees, divided into three sections based on the year the trees were planted. To skip to a section, click on the name: Planted January 2010, Planted January 2011, Planted January 2012, and the Log blog Announcements, Events, and Helpful Tips.

Planted in January 2010: West Section Trees


Juanita Woodlands: West Section. Planted January 2012. A total of 2500 trees were planted by volunteers.


Big Leaf Maple 1 (above), Big Leaf Maple 2 (below).Big-Leaf-Maple-2-2013-6-16


Oregon Ash 1 (above) and Oregon Ash 2Oregon-Ash-2-2013-6-16


Sitka Spruce 1 (above) and Sitka Spruce 2 (below).

Planted in January 2011: West Section Trees


Juanita Woodlands Park: West Section. Planted January 2011. A total of 1800 trees were planted by volunteers.


Shore Pine 1 (above) Shore Pine 2 (below)Shore-Pine-2-2013-6-16


Paper Birch 1 (above) Paper Birch 2 (below).Paper-Birch-2-2013-6-16


Oregon Ash 3

Planted in January 2012: West Section Trees


Juanita Woodlands Park: East Section. Planted January 2012. A total of 745 trees planted by volunteers.

Shore Pine 3

Shore Pine 3.

Western Red Cedar 3

Western Red Cedar 3 (above), Western Red Cedar 4 (below).Western-Red-Cedar-4-2013-6-16

Paper Birch 3 (above), Paper Birch 4 (below).

Paper Birch 3.

Oregon Ash 4 engulfed in jungle.

Oregon Ash 4 engulfed in jungle.


Log blog Announcements, Events, and helpful tips:

How to Measure a Tree: Want to know a new way to measure the height of a tree? In a previous Log Blog I put the word out I was looking for new ways to measure tree heights because a few of the trees in my study project had grown taller than my measuring pole. Teresa Chilelli, FHNA Chairperson of the Juanita Woodlands, sent me this You Tube video. Thank you Teresa. I’ll be trying this out next time. Click here to view YouTube Video.

Invasive Plants: Learn about “Invasive Plants” at DennyFest on Sunday September 8th, 2013 at O.O.Denny Park, Kirkland, WA.
What is an “invasive” plant? How to identify an invasive plant in your yard? How and why to get rid of an invasive plant?
Visit the booth on invasive plants. See living samples of “The Top Ten Invasive Plants of Finn Hill”. Take home a brochure.  Jeanette Leach, Vicki Good, and I will all be at the booth to help answer your questions about invasive plants. Other fun things you might be able to do at DennyFest: picnic– listen to live music, feast on homemade chili & home baked pies, bring your dog for the dog parade and dog show, etc. For more information on DennyFest, watch for announcements on the FHNA website.

Upcoming Event: Clean-up event in Juanita Woodlands, Saturday October 5th, 2013. 9am-noon, volunteers wanted! Hope to see you there. Get some exercise, clear invasive plants, help your local park, and have a good time. For more information on this event contact Teresa at:  mailto:TChilelli@aol.com

Information on Living With Trees in Your Yard: Can you identify diseased trees? Do you know the dangers of diseased trees? Stay tuned for an article by Teresa Chilelli, where she points out ways you can find out if trees in your yard are diseased and in danger of falling on YOUR house in the next windstorm. It could happen to you! And it did happen to Teresa!

Photo Request: Do you have photos of wildlife sightings from the Woodlands or from around the Finn Hill neighborhood? Send your photos to me at afleming7000@hotmail.com and I will post them in the Log Blog.

How to keep informed? Check the Juanita Woodlands Log Blog 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. Juanita Woodlands is a 40 acre urban forest park in the King County Park system, located in the Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland, straddling Juanita Drive N.E. and Holmes Point Drive N. E. immediately south of N.E. 120th Street.

. . . . . . . Next edition of the Juanita Woodlands Log Blog–Fall 2013


3 Responses to “Log Blog: Summer 2013”

  1. Alan Negrin says:

    Anne, Your Log Blog is fantastic. You have some much detail. It is very interesting to see the measurements of growth you are recording and reporting on. I have learned a great deal about the woods nearby where I live from your posts. Things I did not know. Keep up the great work.

    Best regards,

    Alan Negrin

  2. Lee Larsen says:


    I found your growth charts very interesting on new trees planted in the Juanita Woodlands! And I loved seeing the photos of the new trees. One question–how did some of the trees get shorter over their growth you’ve documented? Loved the video on how to measure a tree! I’m impressed with your scientific work and care for the Juanita Woodlands. Thank you for your contributions!

    • Anne says:

      Here is the answer to your question. When I took tree height measurements on 3/1/2013, three of the trees had been topped some time since my previous measurement on 12/1/2012. It is still a mystery why, when, who and how they were topped. But the trunks were very cleanly sawed off horizontally (or somehow cut with a sharp tool). The three trees that were cut were:
      1) Shore Pine #1,
      2) Paper Birch #1,
      3) Paper Birch #2.
      My chart above lists the number of inches of each tree trunk lost due to the unauthorized topping. It ranges from 9″ to 27″. All three trees are close together and very near the west edge of Juanita Woodlands Park boundary along 76th Avenue N.E. I have talked with King County Parks maintenance staff and confirmed they did not top the trees. But it can be noted that there is other encroachment of Juanita Woodlands park land along 76th Ave N.E, such as mowing the park’s grassland area, parking vehicles on park property in the grassy area, plus setting up a tether ball on park land. Thank you for your question.