When we’re approached by woodland owners in our District, they have lots of plans and ideas. The first step is to help them create a management plan that covers their ideas and plans for the their land, and sets priorities for them. As part of each plan, we often recommend a variety of ways they can enhance wildlife habitat on their land. Pollinator habitat improvement is a common recommendation and woodland owners are pretty receptive to it.
Next to Rainbow Lake, at the bottom of NW Logie Trail Road, we found a great site to add a half-acre of pollinator habitat. In 2013, Himalayan blackberry that was about 7 feet tall was fully occupying the lakeside, and the landowner was interested in replacing it with something more functional. Pollinator habitat is a great fit because the landowner hoped to maintain a view, so tall trees weren’t a good option.
In the fall of 2013, a crew treated the blackberry with appropriate herbicide and then repeated the treatment a year later. In 2015, nearly 1,000 native shrubs were planted. The planting plan was created with bees and butterflies in mind. We chose a large variety of species including Douglas spirea, red-flowering currant, thimbleberry, and oceanspray to name a few. These plants have beautiful flowers, and they’re known to attract several species of bees as they all flower at different times during the year.
These shrubs will also prevent soil erosion and offer shade to the lake, helping to keep water temperatures cooler. WMSWCD can help you to plan projects like this and will also help you secure work crews and seedlings from local nurseries.