The Whitman Walk Restoration Area is a small forest tract (≈ 0.5 acre) located on the UW campus between Denny Field and McCarty Hall. Since 2008, we have removed invasive species such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, which had been the dominant understory. The number of native plant species has almost quadrupled, from 11 to 45!
Our goal is to create a site rich in native plant species in order to showcase the flora of lowland northwestern forests. We envision an aesthetically pleasing open environment synchronized with the surrounding university landscape.
Management Objectives for 2017-2018
– This site is currently limited to access due to construction of additional housing units.
– Future objectives will include assessing the quality of the site to plan for future care.
Management Objectives for 2015-2016
– Complete implementation of the Campus Sustainability Fund Grant in order to increase the educational and recreational value of the Whitman Walk Restoration Area.
– Continue site maintenance, including removal of invasive species and increasing biological diversity through native plantings.