Urban Forestry Restoration Project comes to Kirkland’s Juanita Beach & Watershed Parks

Juanita Beach Park

 

State Dept. of Natural Resources brings crews to work during month of January, 2015

 

In January, Kirkland will again benefit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban Forestry Restoration Project. A Puget SoundCorps (PSC) crew provided through this Project will work with City staff for four weeks to restore forested areas in Juanita Beach and Watershed Parks, starting in early January.  

Watershed Park

Most forested sites remaining in Kirkland are in decline. Loggers removed conifer trees such as Douglas-fir, western red cedar and western hemlock during the early 1900s, and the deciduous trees left behind are reaching the end of their lifespans. To make matters worse, invasive non-native plants such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy are spreading at an alarming rate. These invasive plants compete with native tree seedlings for light, water, nutrients, and space.

“Improving the health and function of trees and forested sites increases the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and to improve air and water quality,” notes Sharon Rodman of the Green Kirkland Partnership. “Kirkland is fortunate that this program’s restoration efforts can reverse the diminished health of our forested parks by removing invasive plants and replanting native species.”

Juanita Beach Park

To learn more about how to help keep forests and other natural areas in Kirkland healthy, contact the Green Kirkland Partnership at greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov, or visit the Partnership’s website at www.greenkirkland.org

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program. For more information about the Project, visit the DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program websiteor contact Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or micki.mcnaughton@dnr.wa.gov. The Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps program administered by Washington Department of Ecology. PSC crews work on projects that help restore and protect water quality in Puget Sound. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards provided by AmeriCorps.