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NPW: Federation Forest State Park

Join us for a leisurely exploration of old-growth forest, native plants, and birds of the Federation Forest State Park -- June 28 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.

  • Native Plant Walk
When June 28, 2008
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Event Location Federation Forest State Park
Contact Name Sunny Walter
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425-271-1346
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Join us for a leisurely exploration of Federation Forest State Park east of Enumclaw along the White River.  We will walk the interpretive trails, then along the river to a picnic spot, and back through the old growth forest.

The park contains virgin forest with trees of majestic proportions (Douglas fir, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and western red cedar). Snags, nurse logs, and abundant mosses and lichens give a dramatic feel to the trails. There is a visitor center with displays on habitat, a native plant garden, and 12 miles of mostly level trails through various habitats.

Depending on how far along the season is in late June, we will see Star-flowered Solomon seal, Bunchberry and Twinflower, orchids, Rattlesnake plantain, Heart-leaf twayblade and various wintergreens including Single delight, Pipsissewa, Prince’s pine and saprophytes Indian pipes and Pinedrops. Ferns, liverworts and mosses abound.

We will also see many birds typical of the forest habitat, including chickadees, nuthatches, kinglets, creepers, thrushes, warblers, wrens, juncos, flickers, and woodpeckers. American Dipper, Spotted Sandpiper, and Belted Kingfisher are frequently seen along the White River.

Please bring native plant books, binoculars, walking shoes, raingear, beverages, and a sack lunch.  Meet before 8:30 a.m. at the Wilburton P&R (I-405 and SE 8th St.).  To register for the trip, please contact Kate Conant at or 425-828-6594.  Please let Kate know you are coming so we don’t leave you behind. We plan on being home by 3:00 p.m..
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