Log Blog: Fall 2013

Log Blog: Fall 2013

Anne-headshot-June-2013Juanita Woodlands Log Blog

What’s Growing & Going On In the Park.

Fifth Edition: Fall 2013

Volunteers Wanted for Clean-up Event  Saturday October 5th 9am-noon

Be part of the action! Pull unwanted invasive plants, like Himalayan blackberry, ivy, and holly to enable young native trees to grow and flourish. Volunteers planted 745 native trees in January 2012 (Oregon Ash, Paper Birch, Shore Pine, and Western Red Cedar), but now invasive plants are crowding them out. Mike Crandell, and staff from King County Parks will be overseeing the event and providing tools. Mike is our Natural Resource Coordinator for Area IV of King County Parks. Teresa Chilelli, FHNA Juanita Woodlands Chairwoman is coordinating volunteers. For more information on this event contact Teresa at TChilelli@aol.com.

This clean-up event is one of the many important events in FHNA’s Juanita Woodlands 5 Year Reforestation Plan (click link to view PDF). Now in the fourth year of the Plan, 4,500 trees have been planted by volunteers throughout the Park. Volunteers have removed armloads of BAD invasive plants from the park. To whom do we owe the success of this program?  VOLUNTEERS! That’s YOU! Come help on the morning of October 5th! Have the satisfaction of helping to create a healthier and more beautiful Woodlands! Bring your family. Bring a friend. See you at 9:00 a.m. on October 5th.

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Thank you to a special group of volunteers from Expedia, who worked hard in the west Woodlands for most of the day on Sept 6th! A total of 35 volunteers, organized by Finn Hill resident Galina Veridyan. Thank you all!

We  just passed the half way point between the summer and winter solstice. The Autumnal Equinox was on September 22nd. At the Equinox, nights and days are about equal length. Days will continue to be shorter and nights longer until the winter solstice in December.

“The Top 11” List of Invasive Plants of Finn Hill……. Are there BAD plants lurking in your garden? Invasive plants are bad because they can spread from our gardens to nearby parks and forests and cause serious problems. They compete with native plants for water and nutrients, and can seriously alter the forests. Some invasive plants form dense mats or impenetrable thickets that can change the understory ecosystem of the forest, as has already happened in places in the Juanita Woodlands Park and Big Finn Hill Park! If you find any of the invasive plants listed below in your garden, remove them.  Weed ’em out! Replace them with native plants. Native plants are good! Native plants are beneficial to the ecosystem. Native plants support habitat for native birds and other wildlife. Here is our “Top 11” List of Invasive Plants of Finn Hill**:

  1. Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) & Evergreen blackberry (Rubus laciniatus). Learn more at about it.
  2. English Ivy (Hedera helix).  Learn more at about it.
  3. Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon).  Learn more at about it.
  4. Herb Robert “Stinky Bob” (Geranium robertianum).  Learn more at about it.
  5. Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).  Learn more at about it.
  6. Field Bindweed, aka Morning Glory (Convolvulus arvensis).  Learn more at about it.
  7. Scotch Broom (Cytisus Scoparius).  Learn more at about it.

Small Trees/Big Bushes

  1. English holly (Ilex aquifolium).  Learn more at about it.
  2. English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus).  Learn more at about it.
  3. European Ash (Sorbus aucuparia): Has pointed leaves. There is also a native mountain ash, but it has more rounded leaves.  Learn more at about it.
  4. Common Hawthorne  (Cratageus monogyna).  Learn more at about it.

**”‘The Top 11’ List of Invasive Plants of Finn Hill” Published by Finn Hill Invasive Plant Group: Jeanette Leach, Anne Fleming, Vicki Good. For Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance-Stewardship Committee. Revised 9/22/2013

 Tree Height Measurement Log: Juanita Woodlands Tree Study Project

How fast does a tree grow? Do different tree species grow at different rates? See the Tree Height Measurement Log below. I took the most recent measurements on Saturday Sept 21, 2013. (Oops, no photos of trees this time. I recently dropped my camera and broke the lens.)

Planted in January 2010: West Section Trees

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Juanita Woodlands: West Section, planted Jan. 2010 (total of 2,500 trees planted by volunteers).

Planted in January 2011: West Section Trees

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Juanita Woodlands: West Section, planted Jan. 2011 (total of 1,800 trees planted by volunteers).

Planted in January 2012: East Section Trees

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Juanita Woodlands: West Section, planted Jan. 2012 (total of 745 trees planted by volunteers).

Juanita-Woodlands-Park-aerial-map-photo-445x353Do 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.

 

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. I publish The Log Blog quarterly: spring, summer, fall, and winter for the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance.

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 (see map image to right).

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