Jenkins Estate -- natural area restoration, trail improvements
Project Summary & Public Benefits
The 68-acre Jenkins Estate on the northwest slope of Cooper Mountain in Aloha offers an exceptional opportunity for those seeking outdoor recreation. With several walking trails through the forested acreage, gardens near the restored country estate and wildflower meadows, Jenkins Estate is a jewel in THRPD's crown.
But over the years, non-native plants have invaded the forested areas. With funds from the 2008 voter-approved bond, THPRD's Natural Resources Department has been able to plan two phases of large-scale weed removal and trail improvement projects at Jenkins Estate.
Phase I of the restoration project took place from June 2009 through early spring 2013. Invasive blackberry, ivy, holly, hawthorn, cherry and other weedy species were removed before contractors installed 32,000 native trees and shrubs.
To enhance visitor experiences and create larger blocks for wildlife habitat, illegal trails were either removed or rerouted, some new trails were built, and some existing trails were enhanced.
Phase II work, which will include further restoration to the southern 28,000 acres of forested land, will begin in May 2015 and will continue through the end of 2020.
Contractor selection process will begin in April 2015, initial weed treatments will begin in summer 2015.
Phase I - $135,200
Phase II - TBD
Phase I - Native Ecosystems NW
Phase II - TBD