This stump, probably logged a 100 years ago, dates back untold 100s of years. This area was once selectively logged which left a number of old growth trees and stumps to shelter and nourish the ancient forest floor of the Stimpson Family Nature Preserve.
Located just minutes from commercial and residential tracts in Bellingham, WA, lies a gem of a nature reserve with 350 acres of old-growth forest, woodlands, and wetlands that is now protected and maintained for future generations. Following a gift from the Stimson Family descendents in 2000 and augmented and supported by a partnership of seven public and private entities, this primal forest is readily available with four miles of trails for public enjoyment and education now and into the distant future. The partnership includes: The Whatcom Land Trust, Department of Natural Resources, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation and The Conservation Futures Fund, The City of Bellingham, The Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, Western Washington University, and The Rotary Club of Bellingham.
The Reserve includes the Lake Louise Natural Resources Conservation Area owned by the Department of Natural Resources, 196 acres owned by Whatcom Land Trust and 34 acres jointly owned by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County. Whatcom County Parks & Recreation manages the Reserve, and Whatcom Land Trust maintains a permanent stewardship endowment for its upkeep.
Attribution: Todd Ellsworth
Within a few feet of the parking lot, you are immersed in deep woods as you skirt around the Beaver Pond, covered in a chartreuse blanket of algae.
A series of nurse stumps
Pileated and Hairy woodpeckers’ work station
At the same time that we are trying to save the earth itself, we need to be working to preserve the many natural resources we still have so that, just in case we save the planet, we’ll have some nature left for the next generations to enjoy.