Juanita Woodlands

Juanita Woodlands

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 Deer Meadow Planting: Sept 27th

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Events, Featured, Juanita Woodlands, Volunteer | 0 comments

Juanita Woodlands Deer Meadow Planting: Sept 27th

The only woodlands event this year is on Sept 27th to plant the deer meadow. The Juanita Woodlands is in need of a Volunteer Coordinator. If you have an interest in stewardship and would like to care for the Juanita Woodlands please contact Teresa Chilelli using the contact form on this web site. Tasks for the Volunteer Coordinator 2-3 times a year help send work party emails to the Woodlands volunteer list Assisting to place yard signs (A-Frames) to advertise the event Help during the work party event with sign in, refreshments, etc, Hours...

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Log Blog: Fall 2013

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Stewardship Committee, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Log Blog: Fall 2013

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...

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Winterize Juanita Woodlands with Invasive Species Removal, Saturday October 5

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Blog, Events, Juanita Woodlands, Volunteer | Comments Off

Winterize Juanita Woodlands with Invasive Species Removal, Saturday October 5

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...

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Living with Trees

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands | 1 comment

Living with Trees

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,...

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Vote “Yes” on King County Parks Levy

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Policy Committee, Trails | Comments Off

Vote “Yes” on King County Parks Levy

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...

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Log Blog: Summer 2013

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Stewardship Committee, Volunteer | 3 comments

Log Blog: Summer 2013

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...

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Log Blog: Thank You Volunteers

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Blog, Events, Juanita Woodlands, Volunteer | Comments Off

Log Blog: Thank You Volunteers

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...

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Log Blog Spring 2013

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Stewardship Committee, Volunteer | 4 comments

Log Blog Spring 2013

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...

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Juanita Woodlands Clean Up

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Events, Juanita Woodlands, Stewardship Committee, Volunteer | 3 comments

Juanita Woodlands Clean Up

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...

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Log Blog Winter 2012

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands | 8 comments

Log Blog Winter 2012

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...

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