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.