Next stewards meeting is the 19th of February. Regular work party 21st of February
DNR Urban and Community Forest Grant
FONHHP applied for and received a grant from DNR for a riparian restoration project, and other restoration projects within the park. Funding was provided for a Puget Sound Corps crew to work the entire month of January. Crews worked 4 ten hour days, each week, pulling Scotch Broom, reducing ladder fuels, pruning Western White Pine to reduce the spread of Blister Rust, planting trees and many other tasks.
The crew began with the daunting task of removing Scotch Broom from a large meadow to prepare for planting Sitka Spruce and Grand Fir. Once the meadow was cleared, the crew moved to Old Loop Road on the west side of the park and pruned Western White Pine, removed Scotch Broom and blackberry vines. Working north, they planted Western Redcedar in the obliterated spur road behind Klahowya and in the large root rot pocket at Fire Trail and Old Loop junction. Continuing north, they removed ladder fuels and pruned Western White Pine trees in the area behind CKFR Station 56.
The crew spent two days removing Scotch Broom and pruning the nursery laydown area and building a raised bed for salvaged native plants. CK Litehouse students built the fence and installed a gate, and stewards removed the old tank trap at the entrance. Working on the west end of Old Timber, the crew removed standing dead timber and staged it for chipping later this spring. The crew moved back south and removed ladder fuels and standing dead trees from the riparian area adjacent to the un-named tributary to Wildcat Creek. With the arrival of the Sitka Spruce and Grand Fir trees the crew switched back into planting mode, and carefully prepped roots, planted and tagged each tree.
Hats off to the crew. Thanks for your hard work.
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