Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday work party 11/19/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up. These cold wet days make it harder to get out in nature, get some exercise and regain your perspective (forests do that for lots of people). We'll try to make it easier for you with a worthwhile, focused task.
  • Sunday, Nov 19, 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots
Saturday, the 4th, was Green Seattle Day. Below is a report for the city from the Green Seattle Partnership (our umbrella). We had a great day at Lincoln--it didn't rain! And in addition, we put in close to 300 plants with 30 excellent volunteers. Thanks so much to our regulars, who kept the project on track, and to the new recruits, who brought in such great energy. Come on back and help us put new areas into restoration and maintain our gains! - Sharon

Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Green Seattle Day in Lincoln Park 2017

I spent the week before Green Seattle Day, November 4th, worrying about rain. That was the forecast! But we stayed dry through the entire 3 hours we spent planting natives on Saturday. Amazing how staying dry when you expect rain can boost your spirits. But our spirits were primarily boosted by the fabulous group of 30 people who came out to show Lincoln Park some love.
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Many of the volunteers were old friends, who have been volunteering and appreciating Lincoln Park for years. Some were new to the park, and we did our best to persuade them that they should come back.
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They were a hardworking, skilled group and did an excellent job of planting and mulching 280 plants in 3 different areas of the park.
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 The Friends of Lincoln Park has been engaged in forest restoration for the past 12 years. With the help of EarthCorps and professional restoration crews on the steep slopes, we’ve put better than half of the 80 acres of forest in the park into restoration. Notice I don’t say we’ve “restored” the forest. The natural world is dynamic. In a city in particular, with lots of sources of invasive plants, maintenance is critical. During 2017, we’ve focused our twice monthly work parties on going back to areas previously worked to do maintenance.
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Our plantings reflected that work, in that we were primarily infilling areas in which we had previously planted. Many people think of forest restoration as planting trees. Lincoln Park is well endowed with trees (about 4500 individuals), so our focus was on the critical lower layers of the ecosystem. We planted ferns and shrubs.
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Actually, our Green Seattle Work began a week earlier on October 27th . Fifty three gung ho fifth graders from Gatewood Elementary School put in 60 ferns and 60 ninebark cuttings! Last year, when they were 4th graders, the kids had removed invasives from the area they planted. What a wonderful community we live in! Loving Lincoln Park brings us together! - Sharon
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More pictures from Lincoln Park

Complete report from Green Seattle Partnership


Pictures from Green Seattle Day in other parks

 



Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

All pictures on this page were taken by Jenny Riffle, © Green Seattle Partnership

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Green Seattle Day!

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, our big annual planting day and celebration is coming up! Odd as it may seem, we'll be planting mostly ferns this year in three different areas of the park. These are areas we have been working in for a few years, and they are ready to be "finished" by filling in plantings. In addition to lots of satisfying hard work, we'll have treats and swag. 
  • Sat. Nov 4, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Looks as if the mid week rain might let up by then, but don't be fooled. Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots. 
We got a head start on our fall planting yesterday. 50+ fifth graders from Gatewood Elementary school came to the park and planted an area they cleared last year as fourth graders. These kids have a tremendous work ethic and they're smart and pay attention. We really appreciate their involvement in our work. In the spring, the current fourth graders will do invasive removal again. The Gatewood teachers and students (and parents) are fabulous and are making a real contribution to their community, as they learn to care for our planet.

See you Saturday! Sharon
Young ferns and seedlings under the leaves
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunday work party 10/15/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up. It's our last chance to get ready for our big fall planting for Green Seattle Day on Nov 4. We really need your help!
  • Sunday, Oct 15th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots
Spider in the Park, 9/28/17
To sign up for our big planting event on Saturday, Nov 4th, go to http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10533/


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saturday Work Party 10/7/17, and more...

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We're busy getting ready for Green Seattle Day at Lincoln Park. Come and help us prepare our planting sites.
  • Saturday, Oct 7, 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, with sturdy, closed toe shoes or boots suggested for protection. And bring your rain gear, who knows.
After we finish up in Lincoln Park, head to Magnuson Park. The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is having their big fall native plant sale. They'll have natives you won't find anywhere else, great prices, and lots of expertise to help you plan your native plantings:  http://www.wnps.org/chapter_info/chapter_sales.html

Celebrate our year of hard work removing invasive plants at Lincoln by signing up for our Green Seattle Day planting event on Saturday, Nov 4th:
http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10533/

See you Saturday! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Native Plant Sale Oct 7th

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is holding their fall native plant sale at Magnuson Park on Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 4pm. The variety of native plants for sale is astounding, an even greater variety than you will find in Lincoln Park. And there are experts available to help you figure out how to best integrate native plants into your landscaping. No yard? Not to worry, they will also have ideas for native plant container plantings. Members of WNPS ($35/year, lots of benefits) will have a chance to shop ahead of the crowds at 9am. For more information go to http://www.wnps.org/cps/plantsale
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Green Seattle Day at Lincoln Park - November 4, 2017

Get your boots and your rain gear ready, Saturday, November 4th is Green Seattle Day and we will be doing a major planting event in Lincoln Park. In this part of the country, native plant planting season starts after the rains begin. Our relatively mild climate allows us to give plants a head start on getting their roots settled in before the spring and summer growing season. If you’ve been able to join our twice monthly work parties, you know we’ve spent the past year primarily doing maintenance in areas we’ve previously put into restoration. This work is critical if we want to maintain our gains over the past 12 years. Now we want to solidify our gains by planting 300 ferns, along with some trees and shrubs in areas in restoration.

To join in these efforts, sign up for the work party at  http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10533/  

On Saturday, November 4th meet us at 9am near the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the value of community and environmental stewardship. It will be a fun, festive event, with coffee/tea and treats. And who knows, the sun might shine! Contact Sharon at sabaker41@gmail.com or 206 464 1068 if you have questions.