CKC Picnic Area Native Vegetation Restoration

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Ever wonder what the area’s original native vegetation might have looked like, before escapees from our gardens took over the area?  English holly, English ivy, and Himalayan blackberries can be pretty when in a controlled setting. But in the wild they crowd out our attractive native plants such as Evergreen Huckleberry, Salmonberry, Western Red Cedar, Vine Maple, Tall Oregon Grape, and others.

This project will be installed near the site of the old Kirkland Railroad Station on Railroad Ave, just south of Kirkland Ave.  It will provide a perfect backdrop to a section of original rails from the Cross Kirkland Corridor. We are currently fund-raising for the creation of a labeled Native Plants Garden, with split-rail fence, removal of two large cottonwoods, and weed-block material to avoid the use of herbicides.

Volunteers have already cleared the area of most of the non-native species.  All that is needed now are funds to remove two large cottonwoods, purchase native plants, weed block fabric, and rustic fencing materials.  Volunteer residents will then install the plants and fence and mulch around the plants.  A sign identifying the native plants will allow trail users to learn about these attractive natives and perhaps use some of them in their own gardens.


The old Kirkland Railroad Station requires #3,500 to remove 2 large cottonwoods, install weed-block material, construct a split-rail fence, and create labels for a Native Plant Garden

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