Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Work Party, Nov. 16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We had a very successful planting last weekend with 13 hard working people putting about 225 plants in the ground. Thanks to Green Seattle Partnership for 200 beautiful plants and to Eric for another 25 gems. It's a slow process, but we are reclaiming our native forest. Join us next Sunday as we maintain areas we previously placed in restoration. That is a vital part of the work too!
  • Sunday, Nov 16th 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 boots or shoes
And here are some suggestions for working with nature in our yards. Dennis Paulson, a well known NW naturalist and the retired director of the Slater Museum in Tacoma has posted a brief, but compelling piece on supporting nature in our urban yards. He notes the importance of having a variety of native plants, the importance of seeds and insects as food for birds, invertebrates, etc and the value of brush and leaf piles. You will find his posting from Tuesday, September 23rd at http://slatermuseum.blogspot.com/

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Supporting Nature in our urban yards


Dennis Paulson, a well known NW naturalist and the retired director of the Slater Museum in Tacoma has posted a brief, but compelling piece on supporting nature in our urban yards:

URBAN YARDS CAN BE WILDLIFE FRIENDLY 

He notes the importance of having a variety of native plants, the importance of seeds and insects as food for birds, invertebrates, etc and the value of brush piles. Other great pieces can be found there as well: http://slatermuseum.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nov 1 Work Party!



We had a great work party today (Nov 1)!  We had 13 volunteers who contributed 46 hours of work. 

For the last couple of months we've focused on doing maintenance in 4 areas we've previously placed in restoration, all to prepare them for planting today.  

 We planted about 225 trees, shrubs and ferns (200 from Green Seattle and 25 from Eric).
We were powered in our efforts by donated coffee from Starbucks, cookies from Kim and Sue and grapes from Sharon. Thank you to all the workers and thanks to Starbucks.  

Future Conservationsts?


Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 21 kindergarteners from Nancy Dirks class, along with parent volunteers, come to Lincoln Park to learn more about trees and to plant fringe cup, yarrow and cinquefoil. They shook hands with Doug fir and learned to recognize its cones and they learned how Native Americans used western red cedar bark to make rain hats and shawls. They were a curious, high energy crew of future conservationist/restorationists. We really appreciate their efforts!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sat Nov 1 Big Day!

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Over the last several months we've worked hard to prepare 4 areas for planting. We've got 200 beautiful plants to put in (with the exception of the rather scraggly yew). Eric will be bringing about 25 more plants. We'll have a big pile of mulch to spread. In other words, we've got a lot of work to do! Join us as we continue to restore Lincoln Park to its native glory!
  • Saturday, Nov 1 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Who knows on the weather, dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots.
This is a great event for kids, good for your health, good for West Seattle, good for the Planet! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday Work Party, Oct 19

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Don't you love the rain (or did I say that before)! Yesterday we had 15 young people from the Fauntleroy Church digging blackberries, and the soil was great after the rain. Thanks to Marie and her gang! But we've got lots more to do. Join us!
  • Sunday, Oct 19th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants strongly suggested with sturdy shoes or boots
We will be joined by members of the West Seattle U-13 soccer team, we're going to get some work done!

And please put it on your calendar! November 1 will be a special work party. GSP has delivered 200 beautiful plants for us to put in on that day! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Myers Parcels

From Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty and TreePAC, news about some land not too far from Lincoln Park. Maps and more info at the end:
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I have been distributing the flyer below  to homes near the Myers parcels. I do not have the page from the City’s report or map of the property digitized yet, but they were copied and included with the flyer. Please let the people you know that I am wanting to build a support group for Myers Park. We need to make a petition at the very least. Otherwise it will get sold quietly and  unfought for.

Greetings Good Neighbor,
Sorry for the intrusion, but I thought you’d like to know about some City owned open space near you that is likely to get sold for commercial development.

I’d like to see it become a Discovery Park South. That would make for a nice buffer between residential homes and the Duwamish industrial area,  improve our housing values,  give our kids a place to learn about nature, beautify our neighborhood, and contribute to the ecological health of our community.

It is made up of 5 properties, together called the Myers Parcels, which cover 38 acres in wooded hillsides, wetlands, and meadows. The land is located in the southeast part of West Seattle close to White Center, roughly between Myers Way S  and 2nd Ave SW, and Olson Place and SW 100th Street. Part of it, formerly the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way South), is currently being used by the Fire Department. The City tried to sell that land to LOWES in 2007 but the deal flipped.

If you would like to see the land kept as a park, please email me and say so. I am collecting names and emails to give to the City Council so they know we are interested. Feel free to email me any questions or comments too. I will not barrage you with eco-spam or share your contact information with anybody.

Suggested words: ‘ Yes Cass, we would like to see the Myers parcels used as a park or tree bank.’ (then add your name and email)

Thanks for listening,
Cass Turnbull, cassturnbull@comcast.net,
or call me at work, 206-783-9093

The center of it is The Joint Training Facility, it has (or had two months ago) a sign on Myers Road I believe is the name of the street. There is a new retirement (Shag?) community in one corner. You can see hiway 509 from there. It is on the backside of a large West Seattle Park whose name escapes me. Folks may be able to google up a map with the words...Seattle FAS Myers....then scroll down the surplus property list to Myers, and open some of the fields. 


Myers Parcels  there are 4 or five properties—NOTE it is spelled Myers, not Meyers. They are administered by FAS not SCL, they are 23 acres or more.

PMA 4539 Myers A= 9403 2nd Ave SW, located west of joint training – wooded hillsides?
PMA 4540 Myers parcel B = 9501 Myers Way S, nice grass land? Just south of joint
PMA 4541 Myers parcel C= 9701 Myers Way S, far south
PMA 4542 = Myers parcel D 9600 Myers way S, across the big street, wooded slope?
PMA 4326 =  9401 Myers Way South,
They tried to sell this piece for $ 9 million to Lowes 2006 or 7, the deal flipped. Before that it was  The Joint Training Facility, which  became Surplus. Now, suddenly,  it is  ‘fully utilized’ by Fire Dept- it is the heart of the properties and already has the visitors center building and parking lot there—it’s just full of firemen is all.

And here’s much more info – scroll down a bit to “Myers Way Parcels”: http://www.seattle.gov/realestate/propertyreview.htm