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2008 Native Plant Steward restoration project team in Ravenna Park.

2008 Native Plant Steward restoration project team in Ravenna Park.

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2008 Restoration Project in Ravenna Park

Native Plant Steward Project Team

Trent Elwing, Julie Shoun, Yossi Schnuck, Meghan Peters

Site

The one-acre site is divided in half, north to south, by 15th Ave. The restoration area that has been designated is a sloped wetland with uni-directional, surface and subsurface flow draining directly into Ravenna Creek. The wetland occurs within the valley of the ravine with a southern aspect and is bordered on the north sideby a pedestrian trail and the south side by the creek and a service road. 

The dominant canopy species include birch, willow, and western red with an understory of red-osier dogwood and lady fern. The understory, however, is dominated by giant horsetail, Himalayan blackberry, reed canary grass, and bindweed. Downed trees are also common on the site and the larger ones serve as the base for many of the blackberry thickets.

Site Goals

The overall goal of the Ravenna park enhancement project is to re-establish native conifer canopy and its associated riparian shrub and herbaceous community within the park. In reaching this goal there are a couple important factors that stand out when considering past and future scope of the projects. Due to the high community use of Ravenna Park, both day and night, stewards must consider that visibility and access within the parks natural areas are a priority. Secondly, it is important to consider the wetland properties of this parks soil. Past restoration efforts have largely failed at this particular site probably in large part due to itsyear-round soil saturation.

Action Plan