Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday work party Dec 5, 2015

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got work to do! Lots of holly, ivy, laurel, etc to remove.
  • Saturday, Dec 5th 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 shoes or boots
If you plan to come, please register at http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/map/
Find "Lincoln Park" under "Filter by Park", and go to "Join this Event"

And if you'd like to open up your opportunities for employment in restoration,
EarthCorps is hiring for 2016 Corps Members. This year-long AmeriCorps training program provides an opportunity to grow personally and professionally through hands-on service. Corps members are an inclusive group of emerging environmental leaders committed to cross-cultural teamwork, service, and personal growth. EarthCorps corps members learn leadership skills through working collaboratively, leading community volunteers, and executing technical restoration projects along shorelines, trails and in forests. Every day our corps is hard at work, improving the health of the Puget Sound region.
Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration complete your application by our final deadline of November 30th, 2015. The program is year February - December 2016. Read the full position description and start your application online.
In their recent notice to me, Earthcorp noted they may need to extend the deadline.

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nov 15, 2015 Work Party Pictures

After three days of steady rain, the Friends of Lincoln Park Volunteers were blessed with a dry, and at times sunny, day. Some worked on the area bordering the north parking lot:

Another crew worked nearby, clearing brush and removing invasives:

Kyle shows off an enormous blackberry root they dug out!

Many thanks!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sunday work party Nov. 15, 2015

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Our Green Seattle Planting last Saturday was an amazing event. 34 hardy souls planting and mulching 300 plants in the rain. Thanks so much to everyone! Check out our blog for photos and a description of the event. The West Seattle Blog also picked up the event and wrote a wonderful post here.

Now back to the grind of maintaining the areas we've previously placed in restoration. That's what we'll be doing next Sunday.
  • Sunday, Nov 15th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Northwest layers for sure to stay dry and warm. Sturdy shoes or boots, be ready for working in wet areas. 
  • Bring garden gloves and clippers, if you have them, or we'll have extras
If you plan to come, please register at http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/map/

Find "Lincoln Park" under "Filter by Park", and go to "Join this Event"

Here's an important heads up about dogs in Seattle parks

Most people in Seattle are not aware that the Parks Department is currently reviewing policies for Off Leash Areas and will release a draft of proposed changes and new strategy in early January. The new policy has the potential to affect all parks users: picnickers, hikers, runners, bicyclists, bird watchers, swimmers and natural area stewards as well as dog owners, both those who keep their dogs on leash and those who don’t.

Parks is maintaining a web page (just updated 11/9/15) with some information on the process at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/offleash/ If you care about our parks, check it out — get informed and encourage others to do so.

A group of stewards are also tracking the issue. Contact me if you want more info on our activities.

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Green and Grubby in Lincoln Park - Green Seattle Day, 2015!

Most gardeners are animated by spring. That's the time to plant seeds and annuals in your garden. But when you're working with native plants, the rainy season is the best time for planting. Our mild, wet winters give the plants a chance to get their roots established in preparation for growth during our dry summer. That's why 34 intrepid volunteers spent Saturday morning (Nov 7th) out in the rainy forest at Lincoln Park planting 300 shrubs and ferns.
Part of the Group - Green and Grubby!
Our planting was in celebration of the 10th annual Green Seattle Day organized by the Green Seattle Partnership. We were one of many parks around Seattle celebrating and planting.
We worked in an area of tree islands just west and south of the north ball field. We began clearing the invasive plants from the area in the spring of 2015 with a group of high school students. The Friends of Lincoln Park continued the work over the summer clearing ivy, blackberries, clematis, holly, eastern ash, laurel, and a host of other villains. 
We planted sword ferns, hazel nut, red flowering current, nootka rose and salal. We didn't plant trees because the area is well treed and there are lots of seedlings coming up on their own, now that the ivy and all is out of their way.
Sword ferns
After planting, we ring mulched the plants to help them hold water over the summer and to keep the weeds down.
Loading mulch
Go by the area and take a look. It's a work in progress, but we think it looks splendid! 
And continue to watch the area, we never know what wonderful native plants have been waiting patiently to come to life once we get the invasive plants out of their way. And of course, we'll continue to monitor the area for any returning invasive plants. Urban forest restoration is a long term project!

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell