Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Work party and plant sale

Greetings Friend of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up next weekend. It's a glorious time of the year to be in the forest!  Urban forest restoration, as we are doing, is a great family activity. Kids are welcome! It's fun and it's worthwhile! 
  • Saturday, May 3rd, 9am to noon
  • Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Be ready to get dirty, long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes or boots. 
  • Bring garden gloves and hand clippers or we'll have extras.

And if you want your yard to look like Lincoln Park, follow up the work party with a trip to Mercer Island for the WNPS Native Plant Sale on Saturday:
WNPS Spring Native Plant Sale and Celebration, May 3, from 10-4 at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island.  (77th Ave & 32nd St) - Over 200 native plant species for sale. - Rain Garden talk at 11:00 am (FREE) - Rain garden plants - Plenty of free parking - Environment Fair - Ask the expertsGo to wnps.org for more details.
We are a 501c-3 non-profit
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

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