Showing posts from June, 2020

Rebuilding a Forest...

Image plant a time.  Clockwise from upper left:  Snowberry, Salal, Salal, Shore Pine. Beaked Hazelnut This spring, the sound of chainsaws filled the air around Creekside's northwest corner.  The removal of some hazardous trees left behind a large, unattractive clear-cut.  Without careful stewardship, this might have become an aggressive, impenetrable Himalayan Blackberry thicket. Instead, Craig Illman, Peggy Noethlich and Rick Noethlich who live near the damaged area, answered the call.  They took up the task of repairing the damage.  Of course, only plants and trees native to Fidalgo Island would be suitable to restore a natural area.  Included, but not pictured are Madrona, Pacific Rhododendron, Mock Orange, and Salmonberry.  Think of these little plants as pioneers, beginning the process of succession to a fully restored natural forest. Dave Wenning Photos by Craig Illman

Skagit County Moves Into Phase 2

This morning the Skagit Valley Herald  announced "Skagit County was approved Friday morning to move into Phase 2 of the state's Safe Start Plan.  Phase 2 begins immediately." This table summarizes the state's phased approached .  Click or right-click the image to open it full size.  Activities and services allowed in Phase 2 include limited, non-essential travel within proximity of your home, barbers and hair salons, limited, inside restaurant services, and housecleaning.  The state specifies hygiene practices and distancing for businesses allowed to open.  All people are urged to wear a mask in public and maintain at least six feet of distance from others. Dave Wenning