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Winter Tree Ecology and Evergreen Ethnobotany Field Trip (WNPS)

Education, Green/Environmental, Living History

Location: Meet at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve trailhead on Lake Louise Road. Directions: From I-5 in Bellingham, drive 3.5 miles east on Lakeway Dr to the Geneva neighborhood, turn right on Austin St. (which becomes Lake Louise Rd), trailhead will be on the left in 1.5 miles. The Stimpson Family Nature Reserve has 5 miles of easy trails through mature forest and thriving forest wetland. In this beautiful forest setting, the conifers appear to be ascendant. The undisturbed woodland provides a stable environment for under-story plants, fungi, and animals to establish themselves at a climax of ecological succession. These forests of trees are sure to have been providing food and shelter to a multitude of species, including to human beings, for many generations. Jazmen Yoder and Jim Davis will walk us through the preserve identifying coniferous trees and other plants, and discussing traditional uses of bark, roots and leaves for things such as medicine, food and fiber for shelter, weaving, art, and more. Wear appropriate clothing for the December weather. We will stop for lunch on the trail around noon and we plan to return to our cars about 3.