Squalicum Creek Park

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Squalicum Creek Park Slope Reforestation

Infilling With Native Trees on the Park’s Slopes Above the Ballfields

Early 2023 along the western slope of Squalicum Creek Park above the ball fields (see magenta area in map), we cut grasses and remove non-native plants such as Himalayan blackberry. A Washington Conservation Corp crew secured by WMTP assisted with this effort. In early Spring we planted 120+ native trees there, respecting the neighborhood’s requests for view corridors, small play areas along the slope top, and an winter obstruction-free sledding slope.
During 2024, we intend to expand this reforestation “around the curve” to the north slope of the park (beige area in map), which currently is overrun with Himalayan blackberry and English ivy.
Landscape improvements are part of the park’s approved Master Plan. Urban park enhancements like this provide clean air, water/flood resilience, expanded habitat, shade for hot summer days, carbon capture, and many other benefits.
Each tree seedling we plant is mulched, plus caged/tubed (depending on species) to protect from animal nibbles. All seedlings will be monitored by WMTP for five years, especially after windstorms, severe rains, or extreme heat periods.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you walk or recreate in Squalicum Creek Park frequently? Want to volunteer to be one of our “eyes” who occasionally checks our tree planting area there? Please let us know!
Want to volunteer in a WMTP work party? Meet other tree-lovers, enjoy fresh air, have fun, and contribute to a cool project and important cause? Please join our work party contact list!

Related Links/Resources

City of Bellingham’s Squalicum Creek Park — main webpage
Squalicum Creek Park 2005 Master Plan

Work Party Photos

February 25 | March 11 | April 15

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