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A 10-acre private residence with horse pastures and riding facilities on a ridge at about 100 m elevation above the Snohomish River valley. The property included upland forested sections with early to mid successional second growth Douglas-fir / red alder associations.

2001 - 2002

 

2001 - 2002
 
Project name
Lane Property: roadside slope stabilization and restoration
Location
rural Monroe, WA
Client
Jeff Lane, landowner and resident
Students

B. Bickmore, B. Cummins, S. Smith (UW Bothell; Environmental Science), N. Whitney (UW Seattle; Forest Resources)

Site description
a 200-foot long steep to moderate roadside slope leading down to a reed canarygrass-infested roadside stormwater drainage channel.
Restoration challenge
Client wished to stabilize the roadside slope with native plants and create a diverse native plant assemblage to promote habitat. This project would serve as a demonstration within the community of rural landowners as to what individual owners could do with native plants on their own property.
Restoration approach
UW-REN students, working with the client, removed non-native species (turf grasses, shrubs, and reed canarygrass) from the slope and drainage channel. Bioengineering with native plants was used to stabilize the slope and woody debris was used to create slope habitat features. Native trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbs were added along with mulch for weed control with a focus on species to (1) rapidly establish a shade canopy to control reinvasion by non-native species, (2) promote succession to a mature evergreen forest association on the slope and native herbaceous community in the channel, and (3) create structural diversity in the forested vegetation for habitat.