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

sapling survival

“Money in the bank” is a good feeling for moving ahead.  Scrawny Ponderosa Pine will use banked nutrients like any other tree, if those seeds find the right target and the nutrients are available to them.  So who is the seedling banker of choice on the dry uplands of the Little Spokane River?  Well, it … More sapling survival

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

Duthie Hill Pilot Project: Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance – Managing erosion – greening bike jumps

Reducing surface erosion on bare, steep slopes is getting a boost from a well-known construction technique: straw and seed. Nicoterra Trails is pursuing simplified ways of greening up the construction work of trail crews with the idea of saving soil, building organic base, and getting plants re-established. All of this in a forest canopy with … More Duthie Hill Pilot Project: Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance – Managing erosion – greening bike jumps

Western Red Cedar approaching the question of tree health- tree looks

As an arborist, I observe non-diseased living trees as healthy when they express a vigorus green canopy. There are exceptons to this rule, but we can’t be certain about the exceptions without data collected over time. My client is preparing her country property on Whidbey Island for sale and asked for arbor servces to a … More Western Red Cedar approaching the question of tree health- tree looks