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.
• 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!