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Berntsen Park, Issaquah

Issaquah team

Issaquah team: Michael Marie-Haunreiter, Laura Walker, Janet Wall (team mentor), Veronica Muskheli, Carolle Foucault. Photograph by Janet Wall. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Steward grubbing blackberry

Carolle Foucault grubbing blackberry on her team's restoration project this fall. Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

Native Plant Steward Project Team

Laura Walker (Lead), Carolle Foucault, Veronica Muskheli, Michael-Marie Haunreiter

Project Site Objective

To remove invasive and non-native vegetation from an area of approx. 22,000 square feet and install 500 native trees and shrubs by summer 2010.

The Berntsen Park project site is approximately 25% of a two-acre park in Issaquah, Washington. Berntsen Park was acquired as part of the city’s “Issaquah Creek WaterWays Program” in order to protect and preserve aquatic and riparian resources. The park is currently an undeveloped open space located in a local neighborhood with much potential for native plant restoration and community involvement. 

The eastside of the project site borders the Issaquah Creek and contains significant riparian habitat. The creek bank is armored with rock riprap and there are significant amounts of non-native vegetation such as; English ivy, Japanese knotweed, English holly, herb Robert, creeping buttercup, bindweed, bird cherry and Himalayan blackberry.

The stewards plan to focus on invasive plant removal, native plant installations and wildlife enhancement. After invasive vegetation is removed, the stewards will plant 500 native plants on their site by June 2010. Finally, the team plans to install bat boxes and bird houses as well as draw attention to brush piles, rock piles and existing snags to improve the quality of habitat on the Berntsen Park site.




Updated: March 5, 2015
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