Washington Conservation Crew Clears 6000 sq ft of Blackberries

On July 2, a WCC crew of 6 cleared a significant area of blackberries from two park locations.  One area is directly east of the steps. The crew started where our work parties stopped. They cleared about 3000 sq ft of blackberries down the slope.  The crew lead and I walked down the slope to the point where there were no more blackberries growing. It is really clear how an edge park, like Juanita Heights Park, is affected by homeowners.  There are no homes on this steep slope so we could see no invasives. Here the tree canopy provides enough shade so the blackberry seeds cannot sprout. The slope has deep gully-type trenches and is rugged with high and low mounds.

The second area cleared is about 3000 sq ft and is located on the east side of the trail across from the boggy seeps.  Cary the crew lead, was telling me how he was pulling out a blackberry crown and it “pulled back in.”  He saw a mountain beaver pulling the blackberry.  This is the second sighting.

Wash. Conservation Crew clearing blackberies July 2014

Wash. Conservation Crew clearing blackberies July 2014

Hedge Nettle, a high water table native in the new clearing July 2014

Hedge Nettle, a high water table native in the new clearing July 2014

 

Wash. Conservation Corp by the Mountain Beaver area July 2014

Wash. Conservation Corp by the Mountain Beaver area July 2014

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