Thoughts from the Executive Director May 2013
5/1/2013 10:47 AM
As the days grow long and the flowers begin to bloom SHADOW has begun to come alive. Frogs croak in the amphibian pond and the bright pink of salmon berry flowers can be seen throughout the bog and upland section. It is a magical time here in the bog!
This is native plant appreciation week and I wanted to make a mention of the importance and wonder that are our native plants here in Washington State, specifically those found in the bog.
SHADOW abounds with native plants. From the dark green of sword ferns and salal to the bright yellow of skunk cabbage our land is filled with native plants. Some of my personal favorites are the evergreen trees. Almost 100 years ago the land here was logged for the wood provided by the trees. This wood was used to make homes, buildings, bridges and many other things in the area and beyond. This left us with a barren land, devoid of the once ancient groves of trees that once stood here. It is with great determination however that nature has brought back these trees over the past 100 years. Today cedar, hemlock, and fir trees fill the land, reaching towards the sky as their predecessors did so long ago.
It is not only trees that abound in SHADOW but other species as well. Many of these plants are unique to this ecosystem, thriving on the acidity of the bog. Plants like labrador tea and bog laurel thrive in bogs where many other plants falter. Others like the skunk cabbage need the consistently wet ground of a wetland to survive.
All of these native plants add a richness to the land that is unique to our area. These are the plants that are meant to be here, meant to be in the Pacific Northwest. They add a richness to the land and in many cases are a part of our cultural history, used for building, tools, food, dyes, and even at times clothing! To learn more about native plants in Washington, check out theWashington Native Plant Society, and come and check out our native plants at SHADOW!
Here at SHADOW we are working hard to preserve our land and let native plants and animals thrive. We are proud to be able to share this with you, our community. This takes a huge amount of work and dedication. To this end, please consider donating to SHADOW on May 15th through GiveBIG, a one day, online program through the Seattle Foundation where you can stretch your gift to SHADOW and help us continue to preserve this area!