Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday work party, April 17, 2016

Greeting Friends of Lincoln Park. We have a maintenance work party coming up. This is the time of the year when invasive plants try to get a head start on natives in areas we've already placed in restoration. We need to cut them off (actually, pull them out) early! Join us!
  • Sunday, April 17th 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves/pants, sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection. 
  • Bring rain gear, you never know!
  • Bring garden gloves, if you have them, or we'll have extras, we have tools.
The park is coming alive at this time of the year, we'll need to be alert to nesting birds, etc. It's a wonderful time of the year to appreciate beautiful Lincoln! Sharon
Red-flowering Currant
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Saturday work party 4/2/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up!
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Weather forecast is for mostly sunny, but long sleeves and pants, with sturdy shoes or boots recommended for your protection in the woods.
We will likely be working in the patch of forest just south of our job box. New removal in a new challenging site! Should be fun! Sharon
 Geranium robertianum, aka Stinky Bob
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sunday work Party, 3/20/16


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We've got a maintenance work party coming up.

  • Sunday, March 20th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay dry and warm. It's really wet in the woods, sturdy shoes or boots suggested.
Volunteer, planting on 3/5

Come and enjoy the early spring blooms and buds and show your favorite park some love! Sharon
Red-flowering Currant
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Saturday work party - March 5, 2016

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Not so obvious as I write, with a storm raging outside, but spring is upon us and we need to finish up some planting in Lincoln Park. Next Saturday we will be working with our Capstone interns, Bethany and Celina, to plant the area they just cleared and the area we cleared in early Feb. Join us, we've got a lot of work to do!
  • Saturday, March 5th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots.
And Please, Please, Please read the message below from our intern, Bethany and complete her brief survey. Her information will be very useful to us.

Hello Friends of Lincoln Park team,

I am a student at the University of Washington working with FLiP as a part of my senior project this winter. I am writing today to invite you to participate in a confidential 5-minute survey (14 questions) which aims at collecting data for my project to better understand the motivations and constraints of volunteerism in environmental stewardship projects. Please follow the link provided at the bottom of this email to participate.
The goal of my project is to find out why community members choose to volunteer their time in these projects, and what barriers they face to volunteering. This information will provide more insight into how environmental stewardship organizations can make improvements that will help with your goals and experiences. You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire regarding your personal motivations for volunteering and constraints that you face to volunteering, which will then be used to make recommendations to volunteer coordinators. Your individual responses will remain confidential, as we appreciate honest answers in order to get accurate results. All questions are optional and your answers will be coded to remain separate from any identifying information.

We would be extremely grateful for your participation, as this is one of the most significant portions of my project. 
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. We encourage a response by March 6, 2016. 
Feel free to email me with any questions. taylob7@uw.edu 
You can access the survey here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/taylob7/295107 
Sincerely,  
Bethany Taylor

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three little seedlings, and how they grew...

(guest post from Mark Ahlness)
Showing up in pots around the yard, I wasn't sure at first what they were, but took a guess they might be evergreen starts, so I dug up a few and put them in pots. I kept them under our upper deck in an area that soon came to be known as The Nursery.
Several years later, one Pacific Yew and two Western Red Cedars were headed to our local urban forest, Lincoln Park.
They were pretty excited during the prep for the trip to the park:
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They spent a couple of days near the entrance to the park, waiting to be planted...
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...which happened on a beautiful Saturday morning in February, 2016:
The "big' cedar
The smaller western red cedar
Pacific Yew
Many thanks to Friends of Lincoln Park leader and volunteer forest steward Sharon Baker, and UW seniors in the Program on the Environment Celina and Bethany.

I will return to visit and encourage these three little trees as they do their best to make it in the Big Woods, and I'll keep adding pictures along the way:
Seedlings
Click to view the latest pictures on Flickr
Good luck, little guys!
Those seedlings were planted in an area long neglected, and overgrown with ivy and blackberry. However, the natural forest area in Lincoln Park is actually growing, thanks to Sharon's efforts with Friends of Lincoln Park, with students like Celina and Bethany, and the work of EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership.
Below is a big view of where those three seedlings were planted. You can't see them because they are so small, but the "big" cedar is in the right front edge of the grass, the smaller one is on the left front edge, and the yew is in the middle, back 20 feet. With a southern exposure, they will hopefully grow fast, and become the new towering trees at the edge of the forest.
Just give 'em a few years. Or decades. They'll get there.



This post first appeared on Acrovision

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunday work party, Feb 21, 2016

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! The Indian plum is just starting to bloom and we've got a maintenance work party coming up:
  • Sunday, Feb 21, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots.
We'll be going back to the area we worked in January at the north end of the park, and hope to get that area finished up this month. We've put so much of the forest in restoration, that means that maintenance is a bigger part of our job and is critical! Early spring is a beautiful time to be in the forest! Sharon
Red-breasted Sapsucker, 2/6/16 (north end of the park!)
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Friday, January 29, 2016

Saturday work party Feb 6, 2016


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up. Here are the details:
  • Saturday, Feb 6th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots.
For those of you who have been following the proposed pilot project for a bike course in the forests of the Cheasty Greenspace, Here's the press release. The project is stopped for now, because the hearing examiner determined that the Parks Department failed to prove that the project would not have significant environmental impact.

Also, here's an very interesting article from National Geographic on plant memory: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/15/can-a-plant-remember-this-one-seems-to-heres-the-evidence/?utm_sourc

Raven in the park on Jan 24th. Have you heard them?

See you Saturday the 6th! Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell