A large cedar above an old well house in North Creek Forest
How do we know all of the restoration work we reported in earlier articles will look like the photo at the left in 150 to 200 years?
In the UW-REN Final Report and Maintenance Plan you will find specific ways to insure the survival of new plants, measure change over time and record data for use by future students. Students considering a class in Restoration Ecology might want to look at this scientific document.
The plan calls for:
1. Water hundreds of plants up to 2-3 / week for 3 years.
2. Remove any invasive plants that pop up.
3. Inventory/record plants and growth changes annually.
A part of the inventory is to take photos from 5 erected photo points twice each year. This record of winter/summer plant cover will be valuable to students 2-5-10 or 40 years from now. So making sure it is done and on file for the next forest restoration planners is vital.
Summer 2012 Photo Point Records
Two More Grants!
Oh, we should share this too. The city now has two more grants. Another King County Conservation Futures Grant has been awarded and we placed 4th on another Land and Water grant. As long as Congress funds the Land and Water program we will be funded either this year or next. So 4th place is a winner! Again! We are exploring additional ways to finish conservation.
Alas, it will take some work to bring this all to completion.
But we are going to do that. Please consider joining us when we announce periodic work days. Share your thoughts and ideas with us too. It's your forest.
Thanks for your support,
Friends of North Creek Forest
Yesterday, August 9th, 38 students from UW Professor Amy Lambert's class on the Art and Science of Restoration Ecology enacted their own tribute to, and stewardship for, the cycles of nature.
Students gathered above the UWB wetlands, at it's time, the largest successful wetland restoration project in the USA. Their goal was to first traverse the wetlands.
Thank you to Teppei Sato, UW - REN Team Member and photographer, and Carolyn Freese for your photos!