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2008 Restoration Project in Forest Park

Forest Park  Team

Forest Park Restoration Team: Shanti Wilhelm, Rick Hunter, Kerry Marl, Lu Orth.

Native Plant Steward Project Team

Rick Hunter, Kerry Marl, Lu Orth (lead), Shanti Wilhelm

This one-acre site is located in Forest Park. This is a large forested, hilly, well-used urban park owned by the City of Everett and managed by its Parks and Recreation Department. The park is bordered on the north by Mukilteo Boulevard, and on its other sides by residential neighborhoods and streets.

The restoration site itself is on the west side of the East entrance road into the park and encompasses a fairly steep hill from its crest down to this road. The dominant overstory species are conifers (Douglas fir, Western redcedar, Western hemlock) and big leaf maple. Mountain beavers have destroyed most of the native understory. Species remaining include salal, red elderberry, sword fern, Oregon grape and a few huckleberry. Invasive non-native plant species include English laurel, English holly and English ivy.

Site Goals

  • Inventory trees and establish GPS locations
  • Inventory understory plants
  • Remove all invasive non-native plants
  • Install native trees, shrubs and ground covers to promote plant diversity
  • Involve and educate neighbors and the community about Forest Park
  • Monitor new plants and maintain site

Accomplishments

  • Inventory trees and establish GPS locations
  • Inventory understory plants
  • Invasive species removed
  • Planting plan created and approved
  • 700 plants installed in early November at two public planting events
  • Monitoring and maintenance follow-up




Updated: March 5, 2015
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