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Arbutus ARME 2019 Accomplishments
Our inaugural report is available to peruse. It highlights the mission of Arbutus ARME and the activities we carried out during our first full year of existence as a community-powered project. Read it by following this link.
Hot Topic: Restoration and Monitoring
Seattle Parks and Recreation outplanted fifty seedlings into Discovery Park this past planting season as part of Green Seattle Partnership's "Madrone Recovery Project." Baby trees went into the South Bluff and Bird Alley portions of the park. Plants from different provenances were installed; and, plant ecologists and volunteers will monitor for health and disease over time using protocol similar to what is laid out in the Pacific Madrone Assessment Guidebook. For example, to see differences in leaf blight it’s good to monitor in the early spring before all the foliage is blighted and before the new foliage flushes out.
Madrone Monkeys
A question we get a lot is "Why does the bark peel on madrone trees?" Until we can come up with a more scientific answer, you will have to be satisfied with this one.
Featured Fungus - Mycorrhizae
We usually talk about diseases in this column, but this month we will discuss the "good guys" that associate with Pacific madrone. These are beneficial fungi that are found on the roots and are called "mycorrhizae", meaning "fungus root" in Greek. These fungi form a network that can extend the reach of the host tree root system into the soil, allowing it to absorb more nutrients and water. The fungus benefits by taking sugars produced by the tree during photosynthesis. Madrones can share mycorrhizal fungi with other trees. Madrones can help with establishment of a forest after a fire since their root systems harbor mycorrhizal fungi that will colonize conifers that germinate from seed. Maybe that is why we sometimes see them "hugging" Douglas-fir in the forest.
Read more about this association here.
Also check out
Kennedy et al. (2012). Arbutus menziesii facilitates regeneration dynamics in mixed evergreen forests by promoting mycorrhizal fungal diversity and host connectivity. Am. J. Bot. 99(10): 1–11
TreeSnap Update
This time of year it's fairly easy to pick out madrones because they are one of the only broadleaved trees with green foliage. But there are others that can be mistaken, such as cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), rhododendron, and Silktassle bush. Can you pick out the madrone in this photo?

You can download the app and see the current observations here: 
Sound Waters University 2020 was a success! It was great to see so much interest in madrones. We posted the presentation here in case  you missed something.

On 2/29/2020 Marianne will be doing a class on madrone health issues and also sword fern decline at the 2020 Western Washington Forest Owners Winter School in Auburn WA.

Michael and Marianne will be at the South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention Center on Saturday 3/14/20. The Sustainability Expo is a great annual family-friendly event. Come visit with us! For the latest Expo updates, follow @TacomaSustainability on Facebook and Instagram.

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