The weather was crisp, with frost riming the grass and leaves in the park. Good work kept us warm, though, and the sun shone through the thinning canopy to help.
Thirteen people were Friends of North Beach Park Saturday, ranging in age from 8 to 80 and from completely new participants to those who have been to every work party (a better record than I have, in fact).
The main goal of the day was to install plants. Some areas had been cleared by volunteers, and other areas had been cleared… by trees falling. In fact, in the last week and a half, two trees have fallen in North Beach Park, an alder and a big leaf maple.
A fallen tree is an important part of the forest ecosystem, and the deciduous trees in North Beach Park are at the end of their life spans. The problem is that there aren’t enough young trees to take over the canopy. North Beach Park is lucky in that we do have younger deciduous and coniferous trees (ranging from saplings up to mid-canopy), but if we hadn’t started restoring it, the forest would be in serious danger. The canopy gaps create light cones to the forest floor; in a healthy forest, this would create a great burst of energy for the next generation of trees. However, in an urban forest, the danger is that the invasive plants will really take over.
The forest floor of North Beach Park is in better shape than it was when we started. There are nearly two thousand plants installed, ranging from trees to groundcover. These will benefit from the new light from the canopy gap, and the nutrients put into the soil by the decaying wood.
Today, in fact, we planted two trees at the base of the new falls and some falls from last year: a big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) and a grand fir (Abies grandis). This combination went into at least three places. We also planted a number of shrubs, groundcover, and wetland plants, including several that are underrepresented or were nonexistent in the park before restoration.
In all, we planted nearly two hundred plants. The table below lists what we planted.
|Genus Species||Common Name|
|Abies grandis||grand fir|
|Acer macrophyllum||bigleaf maple|
|Asarum caudatum||wild ginger|
|Dicentra formosa||Pacific bleeding heart|
|Juncus acuminatus||tapertip rush|
|Mahonia nervosa||low Oregon-grape|
|Myrica californica||Pacific wax myrtle|
|Prunus emarginata var. mollis||bitter cherry|
|Tiarella trifoliata||threeleaf foamflower|
Our next workparty will be January 23, 2016. We’ll be doing a lot of planting then, too, if you want to join us.
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