Timberline Forest Restoration Project Plan

As many of you may have noticed, some parts of our forested open spaces have been invaded by non-native plants. This is not good for the health of our forests and the wildlife that rely on native plants. The homeowners association has paid a consultant to update the Forest Stewardship Plan created in 1994, and is in the process of securing funding for the project. We will also be organizing restoration events for neighbor volunteers to help remove the noxious weeds and plant native species in their place.   The highlights of the restoration plan are available here

Invasion of the Weed Whackers!!! – November 19, 2016 from 10am-Noon

 

Who are the Weed Whackers? YOU!! The marvelous Timberline forests are being invaded by noxious weeds; English ivy is spreading, choking out beneficial plants and climbing the trees. Volunteers are needed to help whack down these weeds. We will cut the ivy vines climbing trees, tear off the lower parts and then create ivy-free rings around the tree trunks. Please join the Timberline Forest Stewards on Nov. 19, from 10-noon to start ripping ivy out of our common areas.

  • Meet at the north trail entrance on 208th, next door to the first house at 4131 208th Ave. NE.
  • Bring work gloves, and garden shears if possible. No digging necessary!
  • This activity is appropriate for families, but children under age 10 will need adult supervision.
  • This activity qualifies for community service hours for students.

 

 

TCC Annual Meeting – Tuesday Dec. 6th at 7:00pm Blackwell Elementary School Library

The Timberline Community Club Annual Meeting will be held  Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at the Blackwell Elementary School  at 7:00 pm in the Library room.

Agenda items will include a review of TCC Board  and Committee activities and challenges, financials, the proposed 2017 budget, and the election of the 2017 TCC Board and Committee Chairpersons.

Volunteers are needed for all TCC Board Officers and members of the ACC and CAM committees. If interested email the TCC President:timberlinecc@@live.com.

Sahalee Widening Project

Someone from the city’s Public Works department is going to attend TCC’s board meeting next week to give us an overview of the Sahalee project and answer any questions we have. Our idea is that we can collect questions from TCC members and post the answers after the meeting. Please submit your questions via the comments button.

Timberline Welcoming Committee

The TCC Board is actively seeking members for the TCC Welcoming Committee. If interested, please contact:timberlinecc@live.com.

Welcoming Committee Description

Upon being notified by the TCC bookkeeper of new homeowners, the welcoming committee makes time to visit the homeowners in person to greet them and welcome them to the neighborhood.  The committee is supplied with goody bags from the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce to welcome the neighbors to the area.  The new neighbors are also provided with an ACC fact sheet for the neighborhood, as well as any updated newsletters or directories.

Forest Restoration Project

 

Timberline’s distinctive forests are in generally good health. However, invasive species are creeping in around the edges from neighboring yards. Without removal, our forests will become wastelands of ivy, yellow archangel, blackberry, holly and laurel. Only 5 species, when over 25 natives currently offer a wide diversity of food and shelter for birds and bugs. To protect the diversity of plants in our forests, the HOA board is undertaking a restoration project to remove the invasive plants and add more native species in their place.

The first step in this project is updating the forest management plan created in the 1990’s. The first step in THAT process is to evaluate the current status of the forests. So on Saturday July 2, there will be teams working in the forests to document plants, soil conditions, etc. If you used the trails last Saturday, you may have noticed us measuring and identifying plants. Hopefully, we’ll finish this weekend and then we’ll begin writing the management plan update.

With the new plan in hand, we will apply for grants so we can hire crews to help Timberline volunteers restore the forests.

Watch for news on our progress and how you can get involved.

Lake Washington School District Bond Measure

There is an upcoming Special Election on April 26, 2016. One issue on the ballot this year is the Lake Washington School District Bond Measure, which has an impact on the children in our community as well as those surrounding us. Please take a few moments to visit the following websites to learn more about this bond measure.
Lake Washington School district website: www.lwsd.org
Campaign website: www.vote4lwsdkids.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/More.Schools.for.More.Kids/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YesForLWKids
When your ballot arrives in the mail, please take the time to vote! If you are not already registered to vote, you need to do so by March 28. It only takes five minutes and you can do it online: www.vote.wa.gov