Our writer this month is Jean Nagy. She is a dedicated volunteer with the Huntington Beach Tree Society.
HUNTINGTON BEACH URBAN FOREST PARK
Did you know over 130 million acres of America's forests are located right in cities and towns? Urban forests come in many different forms and sizes. They include urban parks, street trees, river and coastal promenades, wetlands and nature preserves.
Urban forests are important ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. They help to filter air and water, control storm water, conserve energy and provide animal habitat and shade. They provide beauty and function by providing places to recreate and by reducing noise.
Would you like to experience the view of a full mountain range with foothills, horses in open pastures, majestic mature trees, native/drought tolerant plants, wildlife, walking trails or just plain beauty? No need to get out your luggage to engulf yourself in this atmosphere. Put on your walking shoes and come take a leisurely stroll in the Huntington Beach Urban Forest so you can be charmed with the results of volunteer dedication to restoring what was a barren site.
The park consists of acres of California native plants, two monarch butterfly milkweed areas, many species of mature trees, and pollinator habitats. Our enhanced habitat for wildlife will keep your camera busy.
As one of many Eagle Scout projects, we have four ground level watering troughs that are always fun to check to see who is visiting them. With this very welcome rain so many flowering plants will now come alive again - especially all the Redbud trees. This area is so special because one of the goals of the Huntington Beach Tree society is to connect young people to what we plant. This area will have a lasting impact on the youth of our area.
This urban forest is located in the City of Huntington Beach. You can enter the urban forest park off Ellis Avenue between Goldenwest and Edwards Ave. Park in the driveway off Ellis Avenue and walk up the black rock road. When you get to the top of the rock road, start walking down the mulched trails inside the post and rail fencing. After that hike is completed take a rest on a bench and then walk East down to the creek. The area is open 24/7. The site was developed and is maintained by volunteers of the Huntington Beach Tree Society. Volunteers are always needed. Call Jean Nagy - cell 562-760-0733 for more information.
The financial donations received at the 2015 gardens were given to the Sheepfold, a shelter for women in crisis and their children. Be sure to access the Sheepfold's August newsletter to learn more about the services and programs your generous donations are helping to support this month.