Beginning March 1, staff from the City of Bellingham and Western Washington University will preserve view corridors by trimming vegetation at the Sehome Arboretum. Trees will be left on-site as snags, chipped or cut into smaller pieces for birds and wildlife habitat. Low growing native vegetation will be planted in the fall. “We are happy to be moving forward with this project preserving views from the observation tower while maintaining native habitat,” said Leslie Bryson, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Sehome Arboretum consists of 165 acres operated under an Interlocal Agreement between the City and Western Washington University with oversight from the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors. The Sehome Arboretum Master Plan calls for selective tree and vegetation pruning to preserve panoramic views from the observation tower.
A portion of the Upper Huntoon Trail located below the tower will be closed during the project. Trail detours will be posted. For more information about this project, please visit the City’s website.