Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fauntleroy Church Youth Group lends a hand!

What incredible support we get from the Fauntleroy Community! On Sunday, March 30, 16 youth and 4 parents from the Fauntleroy Church Youth Group joined us to plant 10 grand fir, 5 cascara and 9 ferns in an area that FLiP and Earthcorp has put into restoration. 

The weather started out threatening, but turned into beautiful spring sunshine. Carter Case, the UW senior from the Program on the Environment, who has been doing his senior project with us, lead the team, teaching the youth how to plant and why we plant. We even got a good session of "stinky bob" rermoval! 

Thanks to Joel and Maria Groen who organized the event. And a special thanks to Shirley Doolittle-Egerdahl, owner of Tadpole Haven Native Plants, who donated the trees. Tadpole is a fabulous source for quality native plants!

April work parties

Friends of Lincoln Park and Seattle Nature Alliance
at the Fauntleroy Food Festival
Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Here's a special greeting to the people who talked with us at the Fauntleroy Food Festival on March 18th and added their names to our group. Welcome!

I'm going to be away for the month of April, so wanted to alert you to both of our April work parties. Eric Espenhort will be covering for me on both work parties. Eric's phone is 206 605 0137 and his e mail is jeneric@ix.netcom.com.  There is also other important information to share with you at the end of the message. 


Work parties are:
  • Saturday, April 5th from 9am to noon
  • Sunday, April 20th from 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • April weather is fickle, NW layers for warmth and to stay dry. Sturdy shoes

-Ground nesting birds are active this time of the year, so be very careful in the woods to not disturb them. We've planned our work areas in April to try to avoid the birds, but still important to watch for them.
-Change in procedure for woody invasives (holly, laurel, etc). We are too efficient and are accumulating way too much brush. To reduce the volume we cut, we will no longer remove trees over 2 1/2 inches in diameter. We will limb them up to head height, being sure to not cut off the top, and leave them for the Natural Area Crew or a contractor to herbicide. We'll likely get better results this way too, since it's hard to get all the roots on the big ones. Continue to do your usual effective total root removal with woody invasives under 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
-A big thank you to the youth of Fauntleroy Church who did a great job on March 30th of planting grand fir, cascara and ferns in an area we had previously cleared. And another thank you to Shirley Doolittle-Egerdahl, the owner of Tadpole Haven Native Plants, for donating the trees. We hope to have the youth back in Sept. They're great workers!

See you in May! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Survey and Sunday work party

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a maintenance work party coming up next Sunday. Going to nip those little green weeds early, before they go to seed!
  •  Sunday March 16th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • NW layers to stay warm and dry

Also, if you haven't already, please take a few minutes to complete Carter Case's survey. Carter is an intern with us and I think his work is going to be very helpful. He need about 15 more responses to have a good sample, so please take the time to read his note below and click the link to complete the survey. The survey allows for written comments, which are very valuable for our planning---let us know what you think of our work! Sharon

Dear _____,

My name is Carter Case, and I am a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Environmental Studies. I have been working in Lincoln Park over the past two months with Sharon Baker in a patch of forest near the bluff trail, and over that time have developed a profound appreciation for both the habitat Lincoln Park boasts and the volunteers that help maintain its native and natural beauty. As part of my research, I am conducting a survey concerning how volunteers feel about restoration work, and what makes working in the forest attractive.

This survey is anonymous, completely voluntary, and any questions can be skipped if you don’t wish to answer. Your responses will only be used for my senior thesis research project at the University of Washington. I am looking to explore the relationship between community members and forest restoration work, and any response you can provide is extremely valuable to me and my research. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. If you are willing to participate, then please follow this link.

If you have any additional questions or comments, you can reach me at 425.361.3334 or carterdcase@gmail.com. Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

Carter

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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fwd: Volunteer Survey Online!

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! I'm forwarding a brief, thoughtful survey being done by Carter Case. Carter is a UW senior in the Program on the Environment and has been doing an internship with us in Lincoln. Hard worker! Yesterday we put in about 50 plants in the rain. I think the findings from this survey will be useful to us. Please take a couple of minutes to complete it. And do include any comments you might have. Thanks! Sharon
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

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My name is Carter Case, and I am a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Environmental Studies. I have been working in Lincoln Park over the past two months with Sharon Baker in a patch of forest near the bluff trail, and over that time have developed a profound appreciation for both the habitat Lincoln Park boasts and the volunteers that help maintain its native and natural beauty. As part of my research, I am conducting a survey concerning how volunteers feel about restoration work, and what makes working in the forest attractive.

This survey is anonymous, completely voluntary, and any questions can be skipped if you don’t wish to answer. Your responses will only be used for my senior thesis research project at the University of Washington. I am looking to explore the relationship between community members and forest restoration work, and any response you can provide is extremely valuable to me and my research. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. If you are willing to participate, then please follow this link.

If you have any additional questions or comments, you can reach me at 425.361.3334 or carterdcase@gmail.com. Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Best regards, 
Carter

Thanks!
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Carter Case
University of Washington
Program on the Environment, Environmental Studies

"To protect the nature that is all around us, we must think long and hard about the nature that is in our heads." 
-William Cronon

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saturday work party, March 1

Hey Friends of Lincoln Park, are you ready to pull some holly? We've got lots of small ones in the area we're now moving into. A chance to try the new weed wrench. Of course, there's lots of ivy for the meticulous workers. And then there is the beauty of the forest in the spring! I saw a salmon berry blossom the other day, Indian plums are open and the red flowering current is budding. And have you heard the ravens? They are back again this year! Keeps the crows busy.
  • Saturday, March 1 from 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots

Check out our blog for Judy Lane's wonderful photos of the humpback that cruised by Lincoln last Saturday, and also check the Resources section for websites for other "Friends of" groups. friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com  Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Work Party, Feb 16

Along the beach at Lincoln Park, 2-9-14
Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Did you get out in the park in the snow on Sunday? It was beautiful! New way of seeing the park. But it should be gone by next Sunday when we have our maintenance work party. And I bet the Indian plum will finally have actual blossoms. 
  • Sunday, Feb 16, 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with solid shoes or boots (we might be in a wet area again)

Check out our blog for information on Park Department activities looking at the feasibility of increasing bicycle usage in parks. There is a feasibility study planned for Cheasty Greenspace.  The proposal can be found here, along with the Parks Department ruling to recommend it.

Join us for a good winter workout and good karma! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, January 27, 2014

Saturday work party 2-1-14

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! If you've been in the park recently, you may have noticed that there are signs of spring.  The Indian plum has buds and just might have flowers by the time of our upcoming work party.
  • Saturday, Feb 1 from 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Be prepared for weather surprises, layer to stay warm and dry and wear sturdy shoes or boots.
Eric Espenhort (jeneric@ix.netcom.com) will be leading the work party in Sharon's absence (Thanks so much!).  We'll be finishing up the section of woods we've been working on for the last year and starting into a new area. Lots of holly that needs pulling with our new "Extratagator" (and some ivy too).  We promise you a good work out and good karma! Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell