Mark your calendar to hear from Dr. David Bain - FNCF Founding Board member and advocate extraordinaire - about the importance of Bothell's own North Creek Forest!
Thur, April 12 @ 10 :15 am.
Thur, April 26 @ 10:15 am. (killer whale lecture)
Both lectures FREE to attend and held at the Northshore Senior Center.
Text of Bothell Reporter article:
In November 2016 the City of Bothell finished its purchase of the final 22 acres to complete the North Creek Forest.
This 64 acre mature site includes seven streams and nine wetlands. It is one of the last coniferous forests in the Bothell area. Five fish species—chum, coho, sockeye, chinook, and steelhead—spawn in North Creek. And the Forest is home t a wide range of wildlife including black-tailed deer, mountain beaver, several specials of owl, hawks, and pacific tree frogs.
On April 12 at 10:15 a.m., Dr. David Bain, a founding member of Friends of North Creek Forest will speak at Northshore Senior Center about the Forest’s importance to our environment. His organization is involved in maintaining and improving the ecology of the Forest and educating children in these practices.
Dr. Bain will give another presentation on April 26 at 10:15 a.m., also at Northshore Senior Center. His topic will be on Killer Whales. As a whale researcher for 39 years, Dr. Bain is a leading authority on this threatened species.
Both talks are free and open to all.
Northshore Senior Center is located 10201 E Riverside Drive in Bothell. For more information call 425-487-2441.
We would like to introduce our new Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator, Ashley Shattuck. She will be working with us into the summer organizing volunteer work parties and staffing our new office space at 192014 North Creek Parkway in Bothell. She graduated in 2015 from nearby University of Washington Bothell. She then went on to serve two years with Washington Conservation Corps. (which is part of the AmeriCorps. program) in Snohomish County performing and coordinating ecological restoration work before becoming a staff member of the Friends of North Creek Forest team.
“I am delighted to continue my career at Friends of North Creek Forest. The forest has a special place in my heart, it is where I began my experience with ecological restoration as a student in the UWREN (University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network) program restoring ⅓ acre site in the forest. I am very proud of the site we restored, and I come back to visit it often. I can’t believe how vigorously the plants have grown after only three years! I am continually inspired by the hard work and dedication of volunteers and the surrounding community to steward North Creek Forest. This is what inspired me to continue volunteering my time with Friends of North Creek Forest after my college project was completed. I grew up in the Puget Sound area and greatly appreciate the diversity of the landscape, from the mountains to the sea. I am a native plant enthusiast and like to spend my free time volunteering at the UW Bothell Herbarium and exploring all the fantastic natural areas Washington has to offer. I love it when people ask me plant questions! If I don’t know the answer it gives me something new to research. So when you see me in the office or forest ask me about plants!”
Three cheers for Governor Inslee's support of Washington's Invasive Species Awareness Week!
In his proclamation, Inslee urges residents to play an active role in protecting our state’s resources by doing simple things such as cleaning hiking boots and equipment before enjoying the outdoors, taking unwanted pets to the proper places instead of releasing them into the wild and cleaning boats and gear after leaving the water. More info
Celebrate your awareness at Saturday's volunteer work party with Friends of North Creek Forest and UW-REN students! 10 am - 1 pm @ the UW-REN site on 112th Ave.
Free Community Film Series continues this week!
Join us for two special screenings of Return of the River: A Film about the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States, and the extraordinary effort to restore an
eco-system and set a river free. We will also be showing Making Way for Salmon.
These events are free and open to the public. We ask that you RSVP- tickets suggested, not required. Free popcorn and pizza as supplies last.
Dates and Locations:
- Wednesday evening February 28, 2018 at Everett Community College, Henry M. Jackson Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. with special guest and film director Jessica Plumb!
Everett Community College - Henry M. Jackson Conference Center 2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201
Parking will be free on campus the night of the event, park anywhere near the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center.
- Thursday evening March 1, 2018 at UW Bothell Campus, North Creek Events Center at 7:00 p.m. with special guest researcher Jessica Lundine!
UW Bothell North Creek Events Center (NCEC) Building LB2
18225 NE Campus Way
Bothell, WA 98011
UW Bothell Parking: Please plan to park in a nearby garage or parking lot. When you register on Brown Paper Tickets you will get a code for free parking.
About Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee
The Snohomish County Marine Resources Advisory Committee (MRC) is a citizen-based volunteer committee appointed by the Snohomish County Council. It is one of seven county-based MRC's, which conduct restoration, conservation, and education projects with diverse partners and community members to meet performance benchmarks. For more information, visit http://www.snocomrc.org/.
About Snohomish County Public Works
The Snohomish County Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads; controls and manages surface water quantity, quality, and fish habitats; and oversees the recycling and disposal of solid waste. The department’s main office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201. For more information about Snohomish County Public Works, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/PublicWorks.
It's official! The North Creek Forest is fully owned by the City of Bothell and is open to the public.
19978 112th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011-1736
Thank you so much to all who came out to clear more blackberries from the UW REN site last Saturday! We hope to see you all again (and more friends!) at our next volunteer work party, Saturday, February 17th @ 10 am-1 pm.
We'd like to thank Guardian Cellars for their contribution in support of our recent fundraiser! You can visit their winery in Woodinville, or check out their website and Facebook page to learn more.
Our Education Manager, Alice Tsoodle has also decided to accept a new position and move forward on her career path. We are grateful to Alice for leading our education and stewardship work in the forest.
Our Executive Director, Emily Sprong, has decided to move on to other opportunities in her career. We are grateful to Emily for sharing her expertise in moving the organization from an all-volunteer group to a professional team.
Last week we were incredibly fortunate to partner with Expedia for their annual Day of Caring. We knew that a group of 100 tech savvy volunteers presented us with a unique opportunity, and it was the perfect chance to test out our new geographic information system (GIS) maps and integrated technology, and monitor the impact of the recent holly removal project.
Back in March, a crew from the Urban Forestry Restoration project, administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), found over 200 invasive English Holly trees growing throughout North Creek Forest.
With the location of the treated holly mapped, it made sense to use these maps, which interface with a free mobile app, to relocate and assess the plants in a geocaching-style treasure hunt, but the challenge of accessing all the holly in a timely manner, and collecting all the data we were interested in, felt daunting.
Enter Expedia. As we were preparing the management plan for the the holly control project, we learned that Expedia was looking for projects for groups of about 100 volunteers in September. A technology based project for a tech company felt like a good fit, and Expedia was excited to help support forest health in this unique way.
Volunteers from our Research Committee and Board helped everyone get signed in (no small feat with 100 people!), oriented, and trained on how to download and use the GIS app, how to identify English Holly and classify crown health and new growth.
Then we divided everyone up into small groups and they headed out to find their plants and collect the data. Many groups returned after completing their first cluster ready for more, and we completed all of the data collection in under three hours!
After lunch, the group wanted to keep working and agreed to help move a truckload of mulch up a steep trail to an area in the middle of the forest where we have been removing invasive blackberries. This mulch will help retain water and soil and slow the return of the blackberries. A bucket brigade made us more efficient, but there was no getting around the fact that hauling 20 yards of mulch up a steep slope is a labor intensive job, and we all celebrated as the 'final bucket' made it's way up the hill.
We were thrilled to be able to host the Expedia volunteers for their Day of Caring and so appreciate everyone's hard work and incredible can-do attitude. Both projects needed a large group, and will have a significant positive impact on North Creek Forest. Thank you, Expedia, for your service, and many thanks to all the FNCF Board and Committee members who made this event possible. We will post some maps showing the results of what we learned as soon as we have had the opportunity to evaluate the data.
Our next public work party is this Saturday, September 16, from 10am-1pm. We will be spreading the mulch hauled last week (among other things) and would love to see you there! Visit our Volunteer Park for more info.