Friday, April 24, 2009

A muddy spot has been reported between markers 14 and 15, so here's an update to the mud map.

Other than the muddy bits, the trails are drying out, most are a pleasure and all are clear.

In bloom:

While rain is predicted for Saturday, a dry midday or afternoon looks promising.  We may even get a sun-break, so get out and enjoy the Hansville Greenway.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Just a quick update for this sunny weekend.
A couple deeply muddy areas have been reported between Hanville Rd. and marker 18.
So the map looks like this.
Other than the bits of mud, the Hansville Greenway trails are all open and ready to be enjoyed on this beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trillium ovatum

In the Northwest, Trillium is the emblem of Spring and the super-star of spring wildflowers.
It is difficult to adequately describe the beauty of a drift of trillium, in full fresh, white bloom, on a spring day. Both delicate and lush, they float in an cloud, a foot above the forest floor.
Sun shafts angling through the vertical tree trunks and canopies saturate the green of the mossy woods and illuminate the white blossoms. They absolutely glow!
It's almost as much a feeling as a vision.

In the Hansville Greenway, you'll find Trillium in most areas of mixed evergreen forest, with a dense community in the area of the south forest loop, between markers 6 and 7.
download Trillium ovatum Flashcard

Trillium blossoms begin white,  turn pink, then purple with age, and are followed by seed pods. The mature seeds drop to the ground and are attractive to ants and rodents, which carry them into their nest, thus dispersing the fertile seed.

Many western Tribes used the plant to treat sore eyes and boils. The Makah employed it as a love medicine poultice.

Trillium numbers have drastically declined, in the modern world for a number of reasons, but the most devastating predator of the Western Trillium was (and may still be) children.
Trillium grow each spring from rhizomes and are similar to bulb plants like tulips or daffodils, in the respect that the food produced by their green foliage is stored in the fleshy root for the next year. Without this store of food, the plant cannot summon the energy to grow the following year. When this cycle is broken, the plant is severely weakened, and often dies.
The only green foliage a Trillium possesses is the collar of 3 green leaves just below the bloom.
As little as two generations ago, children picked the blossoms by the handful, as Easter gifts for their mothers' vases, not realizing that such harvest would stunt or kill the plant.
It is said that once picked, a trillium won't bloom for seven years. But as its decline attests, most will never recover.

Trillium ovatum is difficult to salvage. Most attempts to do so result in failure.

Please note that any ethnobotanical information is presented for academic purposes only. I do not advocate self-medication or ingesting wild plants. Please also note that it is illegal to remove any plant or animal from the Hansville Greenway.

Sources and References:

Native American Ethnobotany, Daniel E. Moerman
Ethnobotany of Western Washingon, Erna Gunther
Trillium-Washington Native Plant Society
Trillium profile-USDA
Plant Watch-University of Alberta
Description and culture-Washington State University
The story of Trillium ovatum-Navarro Watershed Working group

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Even with rain predicted, we are enjoying our usual intermittent sun, here on  the north tip of the Kitsap Peninsula.  No rain yet and I suspect if we get rain, it will be but light.
The trails area bit muddy in the small areas indicated in the map, posted on March 6th, but most of the trails are a pleasure to walk and all the trails are clear.

The trillium and salmonberry are in bloom and green is sprouting everywhere.

It's a wonderful weekend for a walk in the Hansville Greenway.

above:  Trillium ovatum at the foot of a spring-board stump.  
Below:  Trillium ovatum blossoms.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The trails have remained pretty consistent since my last report.  The map below is still accurate.  We've had a bit of rain so the muddy areas, marked on the map, are even muddier, but most of the trails are a pleasure to walk and to my knowlege all trails are open and clear.
The weekend is predicted to be sunny and beautiful for a walk in the woods.