As drivers and cyclists head westward on 116th Avenue past Juanita Village and Juanita Bay Park, they ascend on Juanita Drive above Lake Washington’s northeastern shores. Within minutes, the sight of businesses and hillside homes is replaced by towering canopies of Douglas fir trees–a lush 40-acre urban forest amidst the neighborhoods on Big Finn Hill’s eastern slopes. As they pass by, commuters may notice a blue sign that identifies the stand as the “Juanita Woodlands Park.” What they may not know is that just a few years ago, this impressive stand of trees was marked for removal and replacement by a subdivision.
Over a five-year period, the community banded together to save the woodlands. Today, thanks to the efforts of local residents, businesses and government representatives, the grove is now a park that preserves an important habitat for native species and provides countless benefits for humans, including recreational opportunities–not to mention beautiful roadside scenery.
Juanita 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...read more
While summer still lingers on, winter will arrive, like it or not. And young trees planted in the Juanita Woodlands will need help surviving the dark months. FHNA is calling for volunteers to remove invasive species like ivy and blackberry vines that are encroaching on young trees in the eastern Juanita Woodlands. The work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Everything takes place on the east side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn east off Juanita Drive onto 120th Street.) Bring...read more
Oops! Don’t let this happen to you! Living here in the great Pacific Northwest is truly a gift wrapped in green. We are blessed with the majestic splendor of the tall, beautiful, beneficial, lean, and green Douglas fir. Some benefits of these trees are: Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50% Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover An acre of trees every year absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. However, along with the beauty and benefit,...read more
FHNA Endorses King County Parks Levy Recently the FHNA board voted to endorse Proposition 1, the King County Parks Levy. Click on the link below to see the press release. The six year property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $56 per year for a family living in a $300,000 home, will provide $60 million dollars of revenue per year. These funds will allow the King County Parks Divisions to fund maintenance and operations of the parks system, perform infrastructure repair and replacement, acquire and...read more
Juanita 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...read more
Log Blog to March 30th volunteers-A big THANK YOU! “We had a great turnout! A big thank you to all 25 volunteers. We had beautiful weather, everyone really worked hard. Mother nature, the woodlands, and the neighborhood are immensely grateful”, says Teresa Chilelli, Chairperson of the Juanita Woodlands. She reports volunteers cleared invasive Himalayan blackberry and holly, and also re-tagged and staked native trees planted January 2012 in the Woodlands east section. And here’s photos of some of their accomplishments. Huge...read more
Juanita Woodlands Log Blog What’s Growing & Going On In the Park Third Edition, Spring 2013 By Anne Fleming, Volunteer, Stewardship Committee Saturday morning March 30th clean up the east section of Juanita Woodlands Spring forth! Volunteer! No experience necessary. Families welcome. It’s fun. Do it! Have the satisfaction of helping to create a healthier and more beautiful Woodlands! FREE hot Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate, muffins and donuts. Pull unwanted invasive plants, like Himalayan blackberry, ivy, and holly to enable young...read more
Volunteers Needed on March 30th…you came…we worked Update: 4-3-2013 We had a beautiful sunny day on March 30th. It was delivered for this fantastic clean-up. Thank you all for coming out to work in the Woodlands. We made great progress and the trees thank you….Teresa Did you know that strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills or that an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles? We need your help to help preserve the Juanita Woodlands! Please join us at 9:00 AM on...read more
Juanita Woodlands Log Blog What’s Growing & Going On In the Park – Second Edition, Winter 2012 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...read more
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...read more