Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday work party, Jan 4, 2014!

Happy New Year Friends of Lincoln Park! I hope you all have resolved for 2014, as I have, to spend more time in our wonderful forest. We've made tremendous progress over the past 8 years, but we still have more work to do. Our first work party for 2014 is:
  • Saturday, Jan 4 from 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Right now the forecast for that day is rain, so in addition to a warm layer, be sure to have a rainproof layer and sturdy shoes or boots.

- Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Photo Updates!

We've just expanded our Photos Page, with special pages for some amazing pictures from Lincoln Park of Eagles:

and the latest, of Orcas

Many thanks to Judy Lane of Crooked Feather Girl Studio!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunday work party, 12-15

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, amazingly enough, it's time for another work party. Sorry for the late notice, it snuck up on me.
  • Sunday, Dec 15th, 9am to noon 
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Be prepared, we might be working in a pretty wet area (if that's not to your liking, I can find another job for you). We'll be doing maintenance and maybe planting some salmonberry from Dana's yard.

It will be much warmer than last Saturday (which turned out to be a gorgeous day), but likely wetter, so layer up.

Again, we promise you a good workout and good karma! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Call To Action for ALL GSP Forest Stewards!

Hey Friends of Lincoln Park, the Park Legacy Committee is currently making recommendations for ongoing park funding and they are proposing less than full funding for the Green Seattle Partnership (our "Mother Ship").  The committee is counting the number of e mails they get for each program and so far there are 8 for Green Seattle Partnership and 148 for new turf for the Magnolia Playground. We have to do better! Please see Andrea's e mail below and send a personal note to the Legacy Committee. West Seattle can do it! Thanks, Sharon
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
206.464.1068 cell

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrea Mojzak
Date: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Subject: Call To Action for ALL GSP Forest Stewards!
Good morning Forest Stewards,

I think many of you may have already received an email from my colleague, Weston Brinkley, about the funding through the Parks Legacy Plan. We need to make sure that GSP is written into the Parks Legacy Plan budget at the appropriate level so that we can continue the program to restore all 2,500 acres of forested parklands in Seattle.  I want to encourage every single Forest Steward and volunteer to write an email TODAY to the committee to request the FULL funding, 3.6 million annually,  needed to operate the Green Seattle Partnership.

If you need chips delivered, plants delivered, NAC support , tools, joboxes, crew time for steep slopes, EarthCorps events, site visits or advice from friendly Parks staff- then this funding is critical to your restoration work! This funding also supports the crew time to restore parks where there isn’t a dedicated Forest Steward, or isn’t volunteer friendly- this work is so important!

Don’t be intimidated, as Parks volunteers they WANT to hear your opinion.  Here is a draft email you can use to make it easy, or use the information to write your own.  Please send it to parkslegacy@seattle.gov.  You can also CC: eric.friedli@seattle.gov, sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov  and BCC: wbrinkley@forterra.org to amplify your impact.

Gold star if you are willing to speak at one of the upcoming meetings in person at Miller Community Center. 
Thursday, December 5th at 6pm, or Thursday, December 12th  at 6pm.  Here are some speaking points that can help to have a clear message, as you only get 2 minutes to speak. Please email me if you are able to speak at either of these meetings.  Personal testimony is very persuasive.

MY CHALLENGE- the committee is keeping track of how MANY comments they get for each program, and right now there are 8 comments for funding GSP.  Not bad, but the Magnolia playfield has 148 comments to support getting new turf. We can do better than that.  So, please send an email, tell your volunteers to send an email. We need to make it known that funding forest restoration in Seattle is NOT negotiable!

Thank you for all the work your do in the forest, and for taking time at your computer to write to the Parks Legacy Committee.  Forest Stewards are the best volunteers in all of Seattle.
See you in the Parks!

Andrea

Andrea Mojzak
Forterra | Green Cities Project Coordinator
Formerly Cascade Land Conservancy

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Work party Sat. 12-7-13

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park!  We're into winter, the perfect time for invasive plant removal in Lincoln Park! And even if it snows next Saturday, as predicted, we can still work under the tree canopy--wouldn't that be beautiful! 
  • Saturday, Dec 7th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • I'm serious, dress for weather with good (waterproof, if possible) shoes, but be sure to use layers so you can adjust for changes.

We promise you a good work out, doing good for West Seattle and the Globe!
Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Friday, November 22, 2013

Native plants for your yard

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. We all love working with the native plants in Lincoln Park. Some of us are working hard to make our yards look like Lincoln (well sort of). The more native plants we have in our yards, the more native insects we'll have (that's good!) and the more native plants and insects we have the more native birds we'll have.... you get the picture. Here's a website which gives information on sources for native plants in our area. Not so many listed right now, but it's just getting started and it will grow as more nurseries add themselves to the list. Also, other resources for working with and learning about natives:

Enjoy! Sharon
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday work party, Nov 17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park!  It's time for more maintenance (going back to areas we've previously worked for grooming) in the park.  I've also got a few trees and shrubs we should plant, now that the rains are here. Our next work party is:
  •   Sunday, Nov 17th 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

We promise you a good work out in a beautiful setting, along with the satisfaction of making the world a better place!  Sharon
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lincoln Park Sat, 11-2

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We're moving into the cold, rainy season, and it gets harder to go outside.  That is, unless you've got a really good reason to get out. The wet season is the best season for invasive plant removal in Lincoln. The soil is soft, the birds are no longer nesting and it's surprisingly cozy in the woods. Join us! 
  •    Saturday, Nov 2, 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 the weather forecast, rain is no problem, but we do cancel if there are high wind warnings. We promise you a good workout (and an opportunity to do good for your planet). Sharon
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunday work party, Oct 20

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! The forecasts suggest a beautiful weekend to hang out in the woods and do some good work. We've got a work party coming up to do maintenance in areas we've previously put into restoration--important, satisfying work. We might even plant a few things, now that the rain has started. Join us!
  • Sunday, Oct 20th, 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. Sturdy shoes or boots suggested.

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Arbor Day Planting

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Happy to report that Arbor Day will be celebrated at Lincoln Park with a planting. See the note below. This is not a FLiP event, but you are invited to take part. Sharon

Celebrate Seattle Arbor Day! 
Saturday, October 26
9 am - 12 pm
Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle
For more information contact Deb Brown, deborah.brown@seattle.gov or 206-386-1688
Register here

Fall is the ideal time to successfully plant trees. Join the City of Seattle in celebrating all our trees do for us and planting trees for future generations.

Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

Seattle Arbor Day is supported by multiple city departments, including Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Light, Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Seattle Parks.
--
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oct 5 Sat Work Party

Fall Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Love the rain! So good for our forest. It was wonderful to see so many people finding respite from the heat over the summer in our forests. And now the forest is busy holding water, preventing erosion, etc. Just a few of the many ecosystem services the forest provides.  But our hard working forest still needs our help. We've got an work party to remove invasive plants coming up:

  • Saturday, Oct 5 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress to stay dry and warm (NW layers with sturdy shoes or boots)

Jill Demmin, our other forest steward, will be leading the work party while I work at the WNPS Native Plant Sale.

The plant sale is a wonderful opportunity to add native plants to your yard. Not only do they require less upkeep than introduced plants, but they also support native wildlife, birds, bees, etc. The sale is 10am to 4pm at the Hunter Farms lot (7744 35th Ave NE--pumpkins sold out front). Check the blog at wnps.wordpress.com   Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Work party, Sunday 9-15

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, didn't we just have a work party? And it's already time for another one! We'll be doing maintenance in some parts of the forest that we've already put into restoration. Vital work, we don't want to lose ground!  Here are the details:
  •   Sunday, Sept 15th from 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers (cool, warm and rain) with long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

See you Sunday! Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Work party Sat, Sept 7

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! The rain last night was so welcome and made me start thinking about getting ready for winter in the park. That means clearing invasive from areas we want to plant (winter is the best time for planting natives) and I've got a nice stash of plants for us this winter. Join us in restoring our beautiful forest!
  • Saturday, Sept 7th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes and maybe a rain jacket recommended

And if you want native plants for your yard or a special project, the Washington Native Plant Society Fall sale is coming up Saturday, Oct 5th. Access the blog to learn more at wnps.org
Sharon
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Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sunday Work Party 8-18-13

Hey Friends of Lincoln Park, it's time to get out in the cool, lovely forest and pull some weeds! Our next work party is:
  •    Sunday, Aug 18 from 9am to noon
  •    Meet in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  •    Long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes recommended!

See you Sunday!

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

206.464.1068 cell

Friday, July 26, 2013

LOVE PARKS Day - thank you!

Some of the hundreds of Love Parks Day volunteers gathering for lunch at Lincoln Park today - thanks!! Love Parks Volunteers

Monday, July 22, 2013

Work party 8-3-13

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, the park is a busy place this time of the year. Lots of people enjoying the beach and the wonderful cool of the forest. We're getting lots of positive comments from all the folks who appreciate the work we are doing to restore and maintain the forests--GOOD JOB!  Naturally, there is lots more work to be done, and we've got a work party coming up soon:
  • Saturday, Aug 3rd 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Even if it's warm, it's a good idea to have long sleeves and pants to protect from stickers
  • Also, sturdy, closed toe shoes

Jill Demmin, a native plant steward and long time volunteer with FLiP, will be leading the work party. 

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday work party 7-21

Mid summer greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We've got a maintenance work party coming up next Sunday. We'll be going back to an area we previously placed in restoration and weeding and catching stragglers. We'll likely work on the edge of the woods bordering the north parking lot, so will be easy to find us if you're late.
  • Sunday, July 21st 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and long pants should at least be available, depending on what we run into.
  • Water is a good idea too!

Check the kiosk for our location if you're late. Sharon

Friday, July 5, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Saturday work party, 7-6-13

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, it's a beautiful time of the year to get out in the woods, and the forecast is for cooler weather by the weekend. Join us for our upcoming work party, removing invasive plants from the beautiful forests of Lincoln Park!

            Saturday, 7-6-13, from 9am to noon
            Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
            Long sleeves and pants are a good idea, in spite of the weather (stickers, etc)
            Sturdy shoes or boots a good idea

We promise you a good green workout! Sharon

Friday, June 28, 2013

LOVE PARKS Day in Lincoln Park, July 26

Calling all volunteers! Let us show you our appreciation on LOVE PARKS Day, Friday, July 26, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

LOVE PARKS Day is an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and spend a summer Friday working with other rock star volunteers. The event is sponsored by REI and Seattle Parks Foundation, and is being organized by EarthCorps.

Lunch, outdoor yoga, water bottles, and t-shirts will be provided for all volunteers. Come out to Lincoln Park on Friday, July 26, from 10 AM until 2 PM for a fun volunteer experience.

To register:

Friday, June 21, 2013

Park Steward Moving On


Sad news to report to the Friends of Lincoln Park today: Park co-steward Lisa McGinty and her family are moving to Michigan at the end of June. The success of this group is due in large part to the work of its two wonderful park stewards. Here they are together, not in their park grubbies:
Sharon Baker (L) and Lisa McGinty
Thanks for everything you did for Lincoln Park, Lisa! Best wishes to you and your family on your new adventures, and stay in touch!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Working Together

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, the nipplewort and stinky bob are going wild in Lincoln! Let's pull as much as possible before it goes to seed. To that end, we've got a work party coming up:

What: Forest Restoration and Maintenance with Friends of Lincoln Park.  It's Lisa's last work party before she and Paul and Fin move east. Would love to see any/all who can make it! 

When: Sunday, June 16th from 9am to noon

Where: Meet at the kiosk in the NORTH parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map (in the North lot) to see where we are working. 

What to Wear and bring: Even if it's warm, it's a good idea to wear long pants and long sleeves (stickers). Bring gloves and hand clippers if you have them, but we have extras. Bring a water bottle. Please call if you have any questions.Sharon Baker 206 464 1068  or Lisa McGinty 248 506 7155.

Hope to see you

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sunny Saturday Restoration Event

Looks like its going to be a beautiful weekend! Come out and enjoy some spring sun while helping to fight back the invasive plants in our amazing park.

What: Forest Restoration and Maintenance with Friends of Lincoln Park
When: Saturday, May 4th, 9am to noon

Where: Meet at the kiosk in the NORTH parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map (in the North lot) to see where we are working. 

What to Wear and bring: Dress in NW layers for warmth and dryness with sturdy shoes or boots. Long sleeves are recommended. Bring gloves and hand clippers if you have them, but we have extras. Bring a water bottle. Please call if you have any questions.Sharon Baker 206 464 1068  or Lisa McGinty 248 506 7155.

Hope to see you!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day (and More) at Lincoln Park

Looking for a weekend activity to celebrate Earth Day? We have a forest restoration and maintenance work party coming up. Time to try to get ahead of all the nasty little invasives that are springing up at this time of year!
What: Forest Restoration and Maintenance with Friends of Lincoln Park
When: Sunday, April 21st, 9am to noon (Day before Earth Day!!)

Where: Meet at the kiosk in the NORTH parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map (in the North lot) to see where we are working. Rain is not a problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings.

What to Wear and bring: Dress in NW layers for warmth and dryness with sturdy shoes or boots. Long sleeves are recommended. Bring gloves and hand clippers if you have them, but we have extras. Bring a water bottle.

And don't forget the Fauntleroy Community Association's Celebration of Lincoln Park!  There are two wonderful events: 

Tuesday, April 23rd (the day after Earth Day!) at the Hall at Fauntleroy we will celebrate the past, present and future of Lincoln. Doors open at 6:30pm. See the West Seattle Blog or our blog for more details. 

Saturday, April 27th (the day after James Audubon's birthday!) will be a day of exploration of nature and art in Lincoln Park, beginning at 11am. We will have activities for all ages!

Thank you FCA! Sharon
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Celebrate Earth Month in Lincoln Park!

Our forest just gets more beautiful every day as the plants wake up. Found: 2 wonderful patches of trillium (and we'll show you one if you come work with us Saturday!). Lots of bird activity too. We'll have to be careful of the ground-nesters as we work. Here are the details of the work party. But read on, other interesting things going on.* 

When: Saturday, April 6th, 9am to noon

Where: Meet at the kiosk in the NORTH parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map (in the North lot) to see where we are working. Rain is not a problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings.

What to Wear and bring: Dress in NW layers for warmth and dryness with sturdy shoes or boots. Long sleeves are recommended. Bring gloves and hand clippers if you have them, but we have extras. Bring a water bottle.

 *There are two new websites in the Resourse section of our blog:
-UW College of the Environment on "Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening" 
-"Pollinator Friendly Parks".

And... The Fauntleroy Community Association is organizing a "Celebration of Lincoln Park". We've got lots to celebrate! There will be an evening meeting on April 23rd at 6:30pm at the Hall at Fauntleroy.  Speakers will address the past, present and future of the park.
Get your green workout and 'eco credits' with us! Sharon

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Maintenance


Spring Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, Indian plum, flowering red current, coltsfoot, and now trillium, the subtle spring flowering of Lincoln Park. And I think the eagles are up to something too. Come and enjoy the resurgence of life at Lincoln! And get your green workout and eco credits at the same time. Our next work party is:

     Sunday, March 17th, 9am to noon
     Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
     Dress in NW layers for dry and warm with sturdy shoes or boots

We will be doing maintenance, going back to areas previously placed in restoration, to catch the new invaders. We've got an infestation of poison hemlock to deal with, along with the usual suspects!  If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we are or call Sharon at 206 464 1068. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Gift of 'Grubbing'

This Saturday (March 2, 2013) we are pretty excited to clear and cut some large areas of blackberry canes in preparation for EarthCorps and student volunteers from Kennedy High School (Burien) to come back and remove the roots (Thank You EarthCorps!). But don't worry, if blackberries aren't your thing, we've got lots of ivy to pull and maybe even a few holly and laurel trees. Whether you're a fan of blackberries or not, here's an interesting link posted on KPLU's "I Wonder Why...?" series: Why did blackberry brambles become such a NW problem?

Saturday, March 2, 9am to noon
Meet at the kiosk in the NORTH parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map (in the North lot) to see where we are working. Rain and snow are not a problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings.

What to Wear and bring: Dress in NW layers for warmth and dryness with sturdy shoes or boots. Long sleeves are recommended. Bring gloves and hand clippers if you have them, but we have extras. Bring a water bottle.



            

Monday, February 11, 2013

Work Hard for our Hard Working Forest!

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Spring continues to creep up on our hard working forest. One of the things we love in the NW is the way spring starts in January. But why call our forest "hard working"? Check out the report in the resources section of our Blog (Seattle Forest Ecosystem Values Report). The trees of Seattle (including our 80 acres of forest) remove 725 metric tons of pollutants from the air and sequester 141,000 tons of carbon every year. Not just a beautiful forest!  And our work, maintaining that forest, contributes to those ecosystem services. Way to go!!

AND we've got a work party coming up: 
          Sunday, February 17th from 9am to noon
          Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
          Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots.
Rain or snow are not a problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings. If you miss us at 9am, call Lisa at 248 506 7155 or check the map in the kiosk to see where we are working

Monday, January 28, 2013

Midwinter Restoration Event

Getting out in nature is a great way to deal with a midwinter slump. There are signs of spring in the wood, lots of little sprouts coming up and the Indian plum is about to bloom. We've also been hearing lots of eagle conversations in the wood, courtship perhaps?

Saturday, February 2, 9am to noon
Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots.
Rain and/or snow are not a problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings.    

Lisa and Sharon will be at a class on forest soils. We'll share microrhizomal tidbits with you when we get back. Eric Espenhort has kindly agreed to lead the work party in our absence. Thank you Eric!
   

Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting a Great Start to the New Year

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We've got a maintenance work party coming up (going back to a previously worked area to "groom" it). If you miss us at our meet up at 9am, check the map on the kiosk to see where we are working. And remember, rain and snow are no problem, but we do cancel for high wind warnings. See you Sunday!

Sunday, January 20th, 9am to noon
Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St). Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots