Eastsiders: free 10-week native plant training

The Washington Native Plant Society is partnering with East King County Cities (including Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Sammamish, and Issaquah) to educate committed volunteers who will help restore natural areas within our community.

The 10-week training will be held on Fridays from April 16 through June 25, in Bellevue. (Includes 3 Saturday fieldtrips).  This training is taught by top professionals on topics such as native plants, habitat restoration and northwest ecology. In exchange for this free training, stewards will commit to 100 hours of volunteer service implementing the skills learned in these classes. Participants in Kirkland and Redmond will work on Green Kirkland and Green Redmond Partnership restoration projects.

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Douglas-fir

* This is the first of what will be a monthly feature on the native trees, shrubs, and groundcover plants of the Puget Sound region.

Needles

Pseudotsuga menziesii

These are some of our biggest trees in this region and can get to be 210’ tall. Look for a tall evergreen in the canopy with thick, rough, “fluted” bark. You can’t mistake the characteristic 2-4”-long “mousetail” seed cones – the story is that when there was a fire in the forest, the mouse climbed up into the cones of the Douglas-fir to safety, and their hind feet and tails dangled down from the scales. Flat scales have two white lines on their undersides. These are not true Firs (which are in the genus Abies), but are actually in a separate genus called Pseudotsuga.

View the Douglas-fir native plant ID card by WNPS