Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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

2 comments:

  1. Is the 2nd work party really on Easter Sunday? It seems a bit odd.

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  2. Good question about Easter. Actually, there will be a work party on the 20th. If you can't make it, there'a always the next one, probably Saturday, May 3. By the way, I believe the egg hunt events are usually held on the Saturday before Easter.

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