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About the “Boy Scout” Property

The North Creek Forest is 63.8 acres on the side of Maywood Hill in Bothell, Washington.  This second growth, mature forest has nine wetlands and seven streams connecting to North Creek, the Sammamish Slough, and the Puget Sound.  The importance of fresh water feeding these waterways is shown in the salmon habitat provided supporting the Sound’s Orca population.  There has been increased development allowed in this area because it is within the Urban Growth Boundary line set to control urban sprawl.  The life of North Creek and surrounding wetlands has received attention from various agencies, conservancy groups, and governances (SEE WIRA 8 plan #N371, name North Creek Reach 2 to protect boy scout property). per.

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The word is getting out about HOW, and we are not only gaining momentum, but also new friends and neighbours.  From professional analysis to published articles, support is growing, and many want to help!

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History of Help Our Woods

Sandi was born in Saskatchewan, Canada on her grandfather’s farm.  Sandi was influenced early in life by the natural beauty of the land.  When she came to Seattle, Washington at age 20, she fell in love with the majestic rainforests

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A non-profit group of residents and businesses defending the natural refuge in the heart of Bothell, WA

HOW and the Community

The importance of this property not only to nature and the animals, but to the community and youth, their education, and their future as well.  HOW appreciates all the support from our neighbors and newly found friends and businesses.

 

 

For years the property has been used as a educational tool for the community.  The property is best known as “The Boy Scout” property for a reason, as it has been used by the organization in teaching young adults how to respect nature and wildlife.  There is also the University of Washington campus, in which is less than a mile away , for actual hands on study and evaluation.  Nearby Northshore Public Schools, namely Maywood Hills Elementary and Canyon Park Jr High, both have the property as their backyard.  It is commonly passed by commuters driving along the I-405 corridor as a welcome break of nature during their commute as they drive by  or through Bothell.

 

Changes in Birds in forest fragments in the Puget Sound Lowlands are a current topic of research at the nearby University of Washington School of Forest Resources.  These studies have provided recent data on the importance of conifers, native and non-native shrub cover, and adjacent area nest predators (like squirrels, rats, and crows).  The UW paper has also estimated the effective size of fragments that are necessary to preserve the variety of bird species.  The Bothell fragments of forest offers a mixed conifer-deciduous forest that despite its small size (due to over development) holds a majority of the species that typically disappear from Puget Sound Lowland patches as they drop below 100 acres.  The reasons for this retention is likely due to the low level of other areas with forest and riparian habitats to the north, east, and south.  

I envision people escaping the stress and tension of life and work by stepping into this living breathing active forest.  Whether for 30 minutes or several hours, soaking in the sounds, smells, and beauty of nature while restoring their inner peace.  By strolling along a path, by themselves or with others, never knowing from one minute to the next what wildlife they will see while on the trail.  Maybe a deer or rabbit will scurry past them while overhead an eagle may soar, or maybe playing a game of where’s the wildlife to see who can find the most wildlife or trees on their walk.  Or perhaps just watching or waiting quietly, watching for one of the many species of birds to sing or give you a photo opportunity.  Whether taking walks with experts to learn about the wonders of ferns, trees, wetlands, streams or in solitude filling up your senses of your soul.  People of all ages can come, walk, listen, and learn while enjoying this hidden jewel right here in Bothell.

 

My vision is that this forest becomes “The People’s Forest” through hard work to save this area available to the community now and for many years in the future. The 2 houses at the bottom of the property could become learning centers for environmental classes.  I hope you share this vision and donate your money and time to make this forest truly “The People’s Forest” by mailing in your donation, of any amount, and volunteer time to clean up, plant, or build trails to explore this valuable asset.  Working together, we can make this vision a reality - a oasis for now and future generations and in a small way help this planet better for all.