Another great work party today at North Beach Park! We were able to plant 150 wetland trees and shrubs with time to spare. The plants we installed were:
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Fraxinus latifolia||Oregon ash|
|Malus fusca||Pacific crab apple|
|Physocarpus capitatus||Pacific ninebark|
|Salix lucida||Pacific willow|
|Salix sitchensis||Sitka willow|
These are all “facultative wetland” plants, which means that 2/3ds of the time they are found growing in wetlands, and about 1/3 or so in slightly dryer areas. They were purchased from 4th Corner Nuseries as partial fulfillment of the Washington Native Plant Society Stewardship Grant that Friends of North Beach Park received last June. It’s been a very successful grant for us, and we look forward to seeing the results in the summer and the coming years.
We had eleven volunteers ranging in age from senior in high school on up to well retired. Here is a picture of two of them:
We installed the plants between the stream and the trail, in areas that were primarily salmonberry and red alder. They greatly increase the diversity of plant life in those areas; in a few years, they’ll be taller than the salmonberry and quite striking. Also, when they’re at their full height, they will increase the structural diversity (that’s good for birds as well visual aesthetics). We worked in two sections of the park, the Headwaters Bowl and the Central Valley.
I didn’t take very many pictures this time, but there are a few more on Flickr.
Our next two work parties are scheduled for March 28th and April 25th. We usually skip May, because of Memorial Day weekend, but we’re working on something special that should be a lot of fun. We’ll update with details as they become solidified.
Join us in the woods some time! It’s fun and a great way to meet your neighbors.