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Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland

Restoration team

Juanita Bay restoration team spend the morning grubbing blackberry and spreading mulch. (Janice Johnson, Asako Fujisako, Kim Kuykendall, Dan Walker, Joy Johnsen). Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

Stewards planting.

Stewards coordinate volunteer works parties. Photograph by Bill Bankson. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Volunteer at work.

Planting native plants — getting down and dirty. Photograph by Bill Bankson. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Native Plant Steward Project Team

Kim Kuykendall (lead), Asako Fujisaki, Joy Johnsen, Janice Johnson, Dan Walker

Project Site Objective

To remove invasive non-native plants in Area 12a of Juanita Bay Park and plant up to 700 native plants on the site, with completion of the initial tasks by June 2010.

Juanita Bay Park is a 135-acre natural area consisting of a wetland and forest mosaic located near downtown Kirkland. Invasive and noxious species infest a large area in the park, including 9 acres of blackberry, 14 acres of reed canary grass and 25 species of invasive trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. 

The project site is 18,500 square feet and designated as a wetland buffer.  Approximately half of the site is covered in Himalayan blackberry (about 9,250 square feet) which separates a wet meadow from an intact scrub/shrub wetland area. The Native Plant Stewards will lead volunteer events and involve the community to clear the Himalayan blackberry from the trail and wetland buffer, and free native willows and other vegetation that are present on the site. In the fall, the stewards will lead planting events to re-vegetate cleared areas with appropriate native plants. 

There are many wildlife enhancements to be considered on this site as well. Currently, western painted turtles and red slider turtles make use of the bare dirt on the community trail as an egg-laying area. These turtle species require bare soil to lay eggs, and all other soils in the area are covered with vegetation (especially blackberry). Due to the heavy traffic on the community trail, the current situation is not the best for hatching turtle eggs. The team will work on incorporating the specific habitat requirements for these turtles into an area on the site.

Updated: March 5, 2015
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