1. I directly supported forest health assessments on 806 acres.
Forests dominate much of the King County landscape, covering two-thirds of the land area. – King County Rural Forest Commission
Forest health assessment for private forest landowner.
2. I helped to develop stewardship plans that will place approximately 1,020 acres of public land under active stewardship in Snoqualmie, Bothell, and Shoreline.
About 619,000 acres of forestland in King County are in public ownership. – King County Rural Forest Commission
Community volunteer at forest restoration event in Snoqualmie, WA.
3. In a little over 10 months, I helped 3 rural forest landowners to complete comprehensive forest management plans. This will place 5 more acres under active forest management, adding to the over 16,600 acres already participating in King County’s Forestry Program.
There are over 6,000 small forest landowners with holdings of four acres or larger and thousands more who own “backyard forests” on smaller lots. – King County Rural Forest Commission
4. I educated 351 community members and students about environmental topics, including forest health and restoration, for a total of 1,382 hours.
The three greatest threats to native biodiversity in King County (and most places) are development and associated fragmentation and loss of habitat, invasive species, and climate change (not necessarily in that order). – King County
5. I worked with community volunteers to install 2 Hügelkultur garden mounds that will provide 400 square feet of community garden space.
As a growing portion of the urban open space network, community gardens and gardeners are contributing to land preservation, access to open space, and sustainable uses of usually otherwise vacant land. – University of Washington
Picture Quiz – Can you guess if it’s an Urban or Backcountry Forest?
Urban forests in King County are beautiful and often times indistinguishable from backcountry forests. Answers at the bottom.
1. One is from the City of Snoqualmie and one is from the Olympic National Forest. Which is urban forest?
2. One is from the City of Bothell and one is from the Olympic National Forest. Which is urban forest?
3. One is from the City of Redmond and one is from the Olympic National Forest. Which is urban forest?
4. One is from the City of Seattle and one is from the Dome Valley in New Zealand. Which is urban forest?
ANSWERS: (1) A (2) A (3) B (4) B