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Larsen Lake, Bellevue

Stewards

Bellevue team: Franja Bryant, Susan Moss, Zach Fortenbaugh, Tom Erler, Kelly Park (not shown). Photograph by Christina Brown. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Volunteer planting

Making a difference. Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Volunteers relaxing

Volunteer work party – "enjoying a job well-done". Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Native Plant Steward Project Team

Kelly Parker (lead), Susan Moss, Zach Fortenbaugh, Tom Erler, Franja Bryant

Project Site Objective

To facilitate the planting, monitoring, and maintenance of native plants to restore the western shoreline of Larsen Lake, as well as to develop interpretive programs that explain the value and effects of restoration in this area.

The Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm, which is among the parks maintained by the City of Bellevue, is located on 14812 SE 8th Street. The west shoreline of Larsen Lake is covered with invasive plants—mostly reed canary grass and invasive blackberry—and ringed by a pathway used by pedestrians. Beyond the pathway, and taking up a good portion of the farm’s remaining area, are native blueberry shrubs.The farm is bounded by NE 148th Avenue to the west and Kelsey Creek to the east.

The Stewards plan to improve fish and wildlife habitat by providing cover, food, and nesting sites. To make these improvements while retaining the blueberry fields, two corridors will be developed to connect the lake habitat and nearby forest and wetlands by interplanting a strip of blueberries with native shrubs and groundcovers. This will provide more ground and midstory cover for animals that will allow them to travel between the lake and nearby habitats with minimal exposure. Perhaps most critically, the fish and wildlife corridor to Kelsey Creek through a tributary that drains into Larsen Lake will also be improved.




Updated: March 5, 2015
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