Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday work party 4/16/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. We have a work party coming up right in the middle of Easter and Passover. It would be great if you could get away for a few hours to join us.
  • Sunday, April 16th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm/cool and dry (Expect anything this time of the year! It's wet in the park, so sturdy shoes or boots vital.)
We will be continuing our 2017 maintenance project, getting the early weeds and going back to previously worked areas to keep them beautiful. Sharon
From 4/1/17 by the north lot - weeding is hard work - but rewarding!
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday work party 4/1/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We have a work party coming up. This is a wonderful time of the year to hang out in our splendid forest. Get the kids out too!

We will continue our 2017 focus on maintaining all the areas we've already placed in restoration.
  • Saturday, April 1, 9am* to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Current forecast is slight chance of rain, so be prepared. Good footwear that will handle wet and using a shovel recommended. 
Plant Natives for Birds
The most recent issue of Audubon has an article by Mark Jannot on the value of planting natives, even if it's just containers on your patio or deck, for helping birds survive in the urban environment. Native birds have a clear preference for native plants. Audubon has a website to guide you in plant selection: audubon.org/plantsforbirds They apparently lumped eastern and western Washington, so ignore the sagebrush and rabbitbush, but otherwise good suggestions for your yard.

Buy Natives at the Central Puget Sound Chapter/WNPS sale
The Central Puget Sound chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is holding its annual native plant sale at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island on Saturday, April 29th. Go to wnps.org to learn more. It's a fabulous sale!

*If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our work location or call me at 206 464 1068 Sharon
Sharon talking with Mayor Murray at the Fauntleroy Food Fest, 3/21/17
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday work party, 3/19/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up.
  • Sunday March 19, 9am to noon
  • Meet at north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots, it's wet out there!
If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we are working or call me at 206 464 1068.

We will continue to do maintenance and plant a few last trees and ferns as the winter planting season ends.

Here's a HUGE thank you to Paradigm Builders and Plants for the Planet, two groups that worked with us Saturday, March 11th to put in 130 trees and shrubs in the area called "H2". Three of them are here, here, and here.

That brings that area into phase 4, the final phase in the restoration process, now we just need to maintain it. They were undeterred by the steady rain and did an outstanding job of planting!

H2 is the green area in the middle, click to see larger:


Sharon Baker

Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saturday work party, 3/4/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, come and enjoy the slow onset of spring with us in Lincoln Park. We will continue to do maintenance, removing invasive plants in areas we've previously placed in restoration. That's our focus this year, to catch up on the backlog of maintenance. 
Salmonberry, Feb 21
  • Sat, March 4th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose)
  • Who knows on weather! Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry
  • If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our work location or call me at 206 464 1068
I wanted to share some sad news. One of our beautiful signs "The Forest Floor is Alive", designed and placed by the Seattle Nature Alliance, was recently defaced. Someone tried to scratch out the suggestion that dogs be kept on leash---wonder who did that! Let's keep the social pressure up for people to keep their dogs on leash in the park in order to protect the forest. 

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Defacing of donated art in Lincoln Park

Forest floor plants grow by the inch and die by the foot! Especially the clawed feet of dogs running illegally off leash in Lincoln Park. But I suspect some dog walkers do not understand that and, in fact, are defiant about their perceived right to let their dogs run off leash through the forests of Lincoln Park. That was made apparent by the recent defacing of a beautiful educational sign, explaining the delicacy of the forest floor plants.

The sign was designed and placed by volunteers from Seattle Nature Alliance and funded by community donations. As volunteer forest steward at Lincoln Park, leading efforts to restore our forest, I’ve seen firsthand the damage done by dogs running loose in the forest. I’d like to appeal to the majority of dog walkers in the park, who obey the leash laws, to use your influence to encourage off leash scofflaws to behave in a more responsible way.

Thank you! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday work party 2/19/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a maintenance work party coming up. We'll be working in areas previously placed in restoration to get what we missed and any new invaders.
  • Sunday, Feb 19th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots. 
If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our location or call me at 206 464 1068. Sharon
Getting out stubborn, invasive roots sometimes requires special equipment!
11/20/16 work party.
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday work party 2/4/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up. It's your chance to get an early taste of spring, the Indian plum is just getting ready to bloom and the hazelnut has it's catkins out.
  • Saturday, Feb 4th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • The usual NW layers, be ready for rain, sturdy shoes or boots.
If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk to see where we are working or call me at 206-464-1068
Indian Plum in Lincoln Park - March 5, 2016
We've accomplished a lot in the last 11+years, enough that we plan to spend 2017 maintaining our progress by revisiting areas previously placed in restoration and removing new or missed invasives. Should be very rewarding and satisfying work! See you Saturday! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell