Red Town Meadow Professional Review and Guide
"Sometimes we humans do get it right and this area proves it. The old mining community of Red Town built a ball field in a previously spectacular meadowland, and when King County Parks reclaimed Cougar Mountain, a few advocates—most notably the venerable guidebook author and wildlands protector, Harvey Manning, and his daughter and fellow advocate, Penny Manning— fought to restore the meadow to its natural state.
Hundreds of volunteers helped plant native grasses, trees, and shrubs, clearing out invasive species such as Scotch broom and blackberry vines. They toted tons of topsoil and cleared human relics. As the native plants took root and flourished, native birds and beasts moved in and prospered. Today, this area offers a stunning experience of a native foothills forest meadow— complete with mosquitoes, so come fall through spring to avoid these summer pests."