Little Spokane River – Conservation and Trails

Community leaders in Spokane County are exploring how to advance conservation objectives while creating new recreational opportunities for Fairwood homeowners and the broader community of Spokane.  The well-loved Little Spokane River with it’s natural springs coming off of the Waikiki bluff (Gonzaga Retreat center and Fairwood Drive), the expansive 100 year flood plain, the tall … More Little Spokane River – Conservation and Trails

F-T Trail Design-Build

How do you build a trail on 50-100% slopes of soft organic soils if the slope is under active plant restoration? Autumn 2015, Nicoterra Trails and client began with a negotiated a contract to address the design challenges. We worked as sub-contractor to GardenCycles who was contracted to remove invasive plants; Himalyan blackberry, English ivy, clematis, … More F-T Trail Design-Build

Latah-Hangman Creek Corridor Trail Planning

Recent work culminated in a Design Charette sponsored by Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects WASL, the National Park Service, Spokane City Parks and the local leadership group: The Inland Northwest Trails and Conservation Coalition & Nicoterra Trails.  Below is the writeup on the website:  a concept 9-mile trail connection through the … More Latah-Hangman Creek Corridor Trail Planning

Bass-Beaver Lake Organic Restoration Enumclaw

Site Characteristics and Scope   North of Enumclaw, Washington, a body of water named Beaver Lake (BL); nestled in-between Bass Lake and Sinkhole Lake comprises a rectangular area of 1/2 mile by 1/4mile.  This site was acquired by King County  from a logging interest which had cleared the landscape in 1999 of many conifers without … More Bass-Beaver Lake Organic Restoration Enumclaw

fight for life

While near Port Townsend last week working on a multi-year woodlot thinning project, I pondered the trouble of our beautiful madrones throughout the Northwest.  We all know the black scars on tree trunks.  These are the characteristic signs of a fungus termed Fusicoccum aesculi or madrone canker which has been ravaging our thin bark evergreens…for the past 3 decades. … More fight for life

Saint James Community Garden gets a little help from Nicoterra Trails

I absolutely love community gardens, they are quickly becoming my favorite “Third Place”, the term urbanologists use to define social gathering places outside work and home (number 2 and number 1 respectively).  Cafes and parks are also in the running for good third places, but tell me where is the “community involvement” and volunteerism in … More Saint James Community Garden gets a little help from Nicoterra Trails

Bird Box construction – homes for chickadees and wrens on restored property

Spent a little time over the holidays and built a few bird houses following the simple plans provided by the Department of Natural Resources – Ken Bevis. These boxes have 1.5″ diameter entries, removable side panels – for cleaning out, and a simple stoop. They are oiled up with linseed oil and sealed at the … More Bird Box construction – homes for chickadees and wrens on restored property

Urban Plant Installation Seattle’s -Solanus Casey Center

The Solanus Casey Center is a Catholic Community Services drop-in center providing first rate hospitality assistance on James Street: 1008 James near Boren Street. Large numbers of persons and families use the facility on a daily basis. The landscape was dismal until recently, with a irrigation system that was shut off and dead or dying … More Urban Plant Installation Seattle’s -Solanus Casey Center