Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thanks to Gatewood Elementary 4th Graders!

Hi Elsa, I wanted to say again how much the Friends of Lincoln Park appreciate the great work your fourth grade students did on Wednesday. You have done such a good job of teaching your students about the threats to urban forests from invasive plants and how to deal with those threats. I was very impressed with your students' knowledge. 
Photo by Amanda Randow (click to enlarge)
Photo by Sarah Morrison
The students did a great job of putting their knowledge to use, on the ground. They worked hard and accomplished a lot! And I think they had fun doing the work. 
Photo by Amanda Randow
I really enjoyed working with the students, parents and teachers from Gatewood Elementary! They are a great group of "Ecowarriors"! 
Photo by Meagan Kirby
I look forward to working with the Gatewood team again. - Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell


Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday work party 12/18/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, by now you likely need a break from preholiday busyness. What better way than hanging out in the woods at Lincoln Park for 3 hours. We promise you a good work out and good karma.
  • Sunday, Dec 18 9am to noon 
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Rain gear and sturdy shoes or boots suggested (slight chance rain)
If you miss us at 9am, check the map at the kiosk to see where we are working. I'll mark the site. You can also call me at 206 464 1068.
Workin' in the woods, 12/3/16 at Lincoln Park
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Saturday work party 12/3/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, hope you all had a satisfying Thanksgiving. And now it's time for a good workout! Did you know that a 3 hour work party can burn up to 1000 calories? Here's your chance
  • Sat Dec 3, 9am to noon
  • Meet by the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • There's a chance of rain, so bring your gear. Rain pants are great. 
And if you want even more exercise, join us on Wed and Friday mornings this next week (11/30 & 12/2). We have 25 4th graders from Gatewood Elementary working each morning from about 9:30 to noon. We'll be working on a tree island south of the Jobox, across from the brick building with bathrooms. Should be fun, and we can always use more experienced hands to help the kids. Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Waiting...

If you're wondering about the plastic pots laying around near the North Parking Lot, here's the answer. They are marking the locations of over 75 native plants waiting for mulch. That mulch will ring the plants and provide an environment critical for their early survival.
These plants were part of the 350 natives planted on November 5. We're hoping for a mulch delivery soon! Then we'll put away the pots!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sunday work party 11/20/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. We have a work party coming up. It's a chance to get a good work out before launching into Thanksgiving!
  • Sunday, Nov 20th 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • The forecast is rain, so be prepared. Rain pants are great, if you have them.
On Saturday the 5th, in the pouring rain, 6 of us put in about 200 plants, we're heros! This last week another hero volunteer, Colin, put in about 150 more, way to go! 



Next Sunday, we'll be finishing up putting mulch around plants and maybe also doing some invasive removal. Sharon


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, October 31, 2016

A BIG Saturday work party!

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, our annual planting event in Lincoln Park is coming right up! This is our major volunteer event of the year and is generally very fun and satisfying after a year of yanking blackberries and ivy---even it rains like it did last year. See here for pictures.
  • Sat, Nov 5th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • The forecast at this point is for rain, so be prepared! 
We have over 350 plants to put in in several different locations in the park. We're going to need lots of help.

You may have been hearing about proposals from the City Council to encourage homeless people to camp in public spaces, including parks. My sense is that it's not going to happen, but check out our blog for my response to a Real Change editorial on the subject. Homelessness is a very serious problem, deserving of major efforts, but it's important that homeless advocates understand why camping in forested parks is not a good idea. Sharon
Yellowwoods in the park. Not a native in this area, but still beautiful!
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Camping in parks

(Sharon submitted the following to the editor of Real Change. It is posted here with her permission)

In his recent Director's Corner Timothy Harris suggests that the opposition to the proposal to allow unfettered homeless camping on public property, including city parks, came from "White, privileged homeowners". As a loyal, longtime supporter of Real Change, I want to point out that the opposition was broader than that. I have been working as a volunteer forest steward with the Green Seattle Partnership for the last 11 years at Lincoln Park. Our goal is to make Seattle a "healthy, livable city with a sustainable urban forest". A forest is more than beautiful trees. Healthy forests provide many vital ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, reducing pollution and preventing erosion. Healthy urban forests are part of efforts to slow climate change. Forests are more than beautiful trees, they are a complex web of living organisms including the forest floor. Unfettered camping in urban forests could destroy years of hard work by thousands of dedicated volunteers. That would break our hearts! There are better alternatives to assure much needed shelter for our homeless fellow citizens. - Sharon Baker
Green Seattle Day in Lincoln Park 11/7/15
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CANCELLED - Sunday work party, 10/16/16

(10/13/16 update:cancelled because of wind, see comment below, stay safe)

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, here is an early notice of our upcoming work party. We will continue to prepare for our big planting event on Nov 5th (You don't want to miss that!)
  • Sun 10-16-16, 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. 
I'll be off in search of the Aurora Borealis, leaving the work party in Sue's capable hands. You can reach Sue at killybee@msn.com.

If you arrive a little late and want to know where we are working, check on the kiosk in the north lot:
Location of the work party on 10/1/16
See you for planting on Nov 5th! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, September 26, 2016

Saturday work party, 10/1/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up.
  • Saturday, Oct 1, 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, with sturdy shoes or boot suggested
Our big annual planting event is coming up, Nov 5, so we need to get ready for that! We'll have 360 beautiful native plants to add to the forest.

FYI:
Band-tailed Pigeon in the park
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday work party 9/18/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up this coming Sunday. We will have a lot of work to do over the next few work parties as we get ready for our big fall planting on Sat, Nov 5th (put that on your calendar now).
  • Sunday, Sept 18, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants with sturdy shoes or boots strongly suggested
And there is a chance of showers on Sunday, so be prepared! Sharon
Barred Owl in the park, Sept. 11
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Saturday work party 9/3/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up.
  • Saturday, Sept 3, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Chance of showers, so be prepared. (wouldn't that be wonderful!)
  • Long sleeves and pants with sturdy shoes or boot suggested, for protection
The Park Department, at the request of the City Council, has been working to develop a "People, Dogs and Parks" policy. They have completed a draft and are seeking feedback. One of the most important points is that Parks opposes unfenced off leash areas, something that the Committee for Off Leash Areas (COLA) had been advocating. I imagine the COLA folks will be advocating strongly for that at the feedback session on Sept 22. Links and meeting details are below. Hope to see you there! Sharon

Draft Plan - pdf, 166 pages

September 22, 2016
Miller Community Center
6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Work party heads up

BRING WATER AND A HAT to our work party on Sunday, August 21. Note the high heat weather warnings! It's supposed to cool off a bit by Sunday and the forest is a good place to be when it's hot, but do take precautions! Sharon
Part of the 7-2-16 Work Party


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sunday work party 8/21/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a maintenance work party coming up. We will be going back to areas previously placed in restoration to remove any new or previously missed invasive plants. This is a vital part of the restoration process!
  • Sunday, Aug 21, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • As usual, long sleeves and pants with sturdy shoes or boots suggested
And here's a heads up. Mark Jordan, a biology professor from Seattle University is doing a study of urban wildlife in Seattle Parks with a group of his students. They have placed motion triggered cameras and "hair snares" in Lincoln Park. Please do not disturb this important research! I'll share results with you as they are available. Thanks! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Friday, July 29, 2016

Saturday Work Party 8/6/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up.
  • Saturday, Aug 6th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants with sturdy shoes or boots highly recommended for protection.
On a hot day, the forest of Lincoln Park is one of the coolest places in the city, that's one of many reasons we're doing this work to restore our hard working forest. Join us! Sharon 
There are rabbits in the park right now - and babies, of course.

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunday work party, 7/17/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a maintenance work party coming up.
  • Sunday, July 17th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants with sturdy shoes or boots highly recommended


And check out our blog for photos and a story about our guests from Texas who worked with us July 2nd. Great hard working crew!


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hard Working Volunteers - from Texas!

Today Friends of Lincoln Park welcomed five young adults from the Deaf Youth Ministry of Texas, located in Austin, Texas. What a hard working group!

In addition to touring Lincoln Park and learning more about our northwest environment, they put in a couple of heavy duty hours of weeding, clearing brush, and pulling some very tough viburnum, in a well established stand near the north parking lot.





Several more pictures here


We send them off with many thanks for their help in restoring Lincoln Park, and with best wishes for safe travels on the rest of their trip!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday work party 7/2/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have an Independence Day work party coming up! It's going to be a beautiful day in the woods.
  • Saturday, July 2 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, with sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection
We will have special guests all the way from Austin TX on Saturday. Five young adults from the Deaf Youth Ministry of Texas will be joining us. They are on a service trip to Seattle. Should be a great team! Join us to welcome the Texans!

And if you haven't already done so, be sure to go to our blog to see Mark Ahlness's gorgeous photos of the phantom orchids in Lincoln Park. This year Stewart Wechsler has found orchids in 6 different locations. The blog has a great write up about the orchids done by Stewart    

Phantom Orchid from June 24
Photos from all 2016 locations are here.
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sunday work party 6/19/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, We have a maintenance work party coming up. We will be going back to an area we've previously put in restoration (cleared invasives and planted natives) and catch up with any new invasive plants that have appeared. This is vitally important to the restoration process, we don't want to lose ground! 
  • Sunday, June 19th, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeve/pants and sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection
Huckleberries in Lincoln Park
The forecast is for a sunny day, join us for a restorative day of forest restoration! Sharon 

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, May 30, 2016

Saturday Work Party, 6/4/16


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up next Saturday. The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny, so should be a wonderful day to be in the woods.
  • Saturday, June 4th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, with sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection
You've likely noticed, Lincoln Park is an amazing place. The phantom orchids are back! Go to our blog for photos by Mark Ahlness and a write up by Stewart Wechsler:
And check out the website below for a very good article by Nathan Collins on how natural areas make cities more livable and healthy. Our work really matters!

Sharon

May 7 work party , with UW students joining in
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Return of the Phantom Orchid

(Guest post from Stewart Wechsler)

May 21, 2016
While Lincoln Park is blessed to have a number of indigenous plants that survive nowhere else in Seattle, there is one of these that stands out like no other, as both beautiful and the most unique and special. It is the Phantom Orchid – Cephalanthera austiniae (in older references as Eburophyton austiniae). This plant has no leaves and no chlorophyll, and it has nothing visible above ground when it is not flowering or setting seed. With no leaves and chlorophyll, you ask how does it grow? It is fully dependent on the fungus underground that it is attached to, while the fungus is dependent on the tree roots that it is attached to. So if anyone would get the bad idea that they might want this beautiful and unique flower in their garden, they should know that if it is dug up, it is killed, because the essential 3 way connection between the orchid, the fungus and the tree is broken. Not only is there nothing visible above ground when it isn't bloom and seed time, they don't bloom every year, and the number of flower stalks that come up in any year they do bloom is quite variable. Phantom Orchids have been recorded not blooming for up to 17 years then blooming again. At Lincoln Park the first place I found one flower stalk, about 10 years ago, it sent up another stalk for each of the next 2 years, but since then I haven't seen any flowers at that spot. While I suspect that orchid is dead, each year I keep checking, because I can't know. No wonder these pale flower stalks, with flowers that have no more pigment than a yellow lower lip, that appear, then disappear, are called “Phantom” Orchids.

The time I first found a Phantom Orchid in Lincoln Park, there had only been one University of Washington herbarium record of this species for King County. It was one collected in 1937, by Sister Mary Milburge. Where? ­ In Lincoln Park! (Since then a second Phantom Orchid was collected in King County in the Preston area.) Due to its rarity statewide, the Phantom Orchid is on the state's rare and protected plant list. 

July 4, 2015
The biggest reason to tell people about these orchids, in spite of some risk that some rudely inconsiderate person might try digging one up, is to use the problem they have had to teach people about a problem for the park's whole natural community. Every year that these orchids do bloom, a number of the flower stalks are knocked down before they can set seed. It seems most likely this is from the heavy traffic in the park of off trail, off leash and long leash dogs, with claws designed for digging, and who dig the forest floor and its vegetation with every leap, every pull, and sometimes just for fun. Last year we had 5 orchid stalks come up, but 3 were trampled before they could exchange pollen with another orchid and set seed. If our remaining Phantom Orchids don't produce seed before they die, Lincoln Park will have no more Phantom Orchids. So before you allow your dog to run free in this most special remaining piece of nature left in Seattle, consider the dilemma of our Phantom Orchids struggling to have sex and babies before they die!

­Stewart Wechsler
www.stewardshipadventures.com

(pictures by Mark Ahlness)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sunday work party, 5/15/16


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a maintenance work party coming up next Sunday.
  • Sunday, May 15th, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants suggested for protection, with sturdy shoes or boots.
There's a great article by Heath Jones in the Washington Trails Association magazine for May-June 2016. The subject is the health benefits of being in nature. Great summary! She quotes John Muir:
"Man needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul."
Join us for a great dose of nature, Jones calls it the "new alternative medicine". Sharon
Part of the May 7 work party
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Saturday work party, 5/7/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. We've got a work party coming up next Saturday. There are so many vigorous weeds coming up at this time of the year, that I think we need to devote another work party to attacking the invaders in areas we've already placed in restoration. We'll likely work at the north end of the park again.
  • Saturday, May 7th, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants suggested for protection, with sturdy shoes or boots
Please join us, we've got lots of good, healthy work to do! Sharon
Mahonia nervosa, south end of the park, a native
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday work party, April 17, 2016

Greeting Friends of Lincoln Park. We have a maintenance work party coming up. This is the time of the year when invasive plants try to get a head start on natives in areas we've already placed in restoration. We need to cut them off (actually, pull them out) early! Join us!
  • Sunday, April 17th 9am to noon
  • Meet near north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves/pants, sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection. 
  • Bring rain gear, you never know!
  • Bring garden gloves, if you have them, or we'll have extras, we have tools.
The park is coming alive at this time of the year, we'll need to be alert to nesting birds, etc. It's a wonderful time of the year to appreciate beautiful Lincoln! Sharon
Red-flowering Currant
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Saturday work party 4/2/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up!
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Weather forecast is for mostly sunny, but long sleeves and pants, with sturdy shoes or boots recommended for your protection in the woods.
We will likely be working in the patch of forest just south of our job box. New removal in a new challenging site! Should be fun! Sharon
 Geranium robertianum, aka Stinky Bob
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sunday work Party, 3/20/16


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We've got a maintenance work party coming up.

  • Sunday, March 20th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay dry and warm. It's really wet in the woods, sturdy shoes or boots suggested.
Volunteer, planting on 3/5

Come and enjoy the early spring blooms and buds and show your favorite park some love! Sharon
Red-flowering Currant
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Saturday work party - March 5, 2016

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Not so obvious as I write, with a storm raging outside, but spring is upon us and we need to finish up some planting in Lincoln Park. Next Saturday we will be working with our Capstone interns, Bethany and Celina, to plant the area they just cleared and the area we cleared in early Feb. Join us, we've got a lot of work to do!
  • Saturday, March 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.
And Please, Please, Please read the message below from our intern, Bethany and complete her brief survey. Her information will be very useful to us.

Hello Friends of Lincoln Park team,

I am a student at the University of Washington working with FLiP as a part of my senior project this winter. I am writing today to invite you to participate in a confidential 5-minute survey (14 questions) which aims at collecting data for my project to better understand the motivations and constraints of volunteerism in environmental stewardship projects. Please follow the link provided at the bottom of this email to participate.
The goal of my project is to find out why community members choose to volunteer their time in these projects, and what barriers they face to volunteering. This information will provide more insight into how environmental stewardship organizations can make improvements that will help with your goals and experiences. You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire regarding your personal motivations for volunteering and constraints that you face to volunteering, which will then be used to make recommendations to volunteer coordinators. Your individual responses will remain confidential, as we appreciate honest answers in order to get accurate results. All questions are optional and your answers will be coded to remain separate from any identifying information.

We would be extremely grateful for your participation, as this is one of the most significant portions of my project. 
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. We encourage a response by March 6, 2016. 
Feel free to email me with any questions. taylob7@uw.edu 
You can access the survey here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/taylob7/295107 
Sincerely,  
Bethany Taylor

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three little seedlings, and how they grew...

(guest post from Mark Ahlness)
Showing up in pots around the yard, I wasn't sure at first what they were, but took a guess they might be evergreen starts, so I dug up a few and put them in pots. I kept them under our upper deck in an area that soon came to be known as The Nursery.
Several years later, one Pacific Yew and two Western Red Cedars were headed to our local urban forest, Lincoln Park.
They were pretty excited during the prep for the trip to the park:
DSC04690   DSC04692
They spent a couple of days near the entrance to the park, waiting to be planted...
DSC04693

...which happened on a beautiful Saturday morning in February, 2016:
The "big' cedar
The smaller western red cedar
Pacific Yew
Many thanks to Friends of Lincoln Park leader and volunteer forest steward Sharon Baker, and UW seniors in the Program on the Environment Celina and Bethany.

I will return to visit and encourage these three little trees as they do their best to make it in the Big Woods, and I'll keep adding pictures along the way:
Seedlings
Click to view the latest pictures on Flickr
Good luck, little guys!
Those seedlings were planted in an area long neglected, and overgrown with ivy and blackberry. However, the natural forest area in Lincoln Park is actually growing, thanks to Sharon's efforts with Friends of Lincoln Park, with students like Celina and Bethany, and the work of EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership.
Below is a big view of where those three seedlings were planted. You can't see them because they are so small, but the "big" cedar is in the right front edge of the grass, the smaller one is on the left front edge, and the yew is in the middle, back 20 feet. With a southern exposure, they will hopefully grow fast, and become the new towering trees at the edge of the forest.
Just give 'em a few years. Or decades. They'll get there.



This post first appeared on Acrovision

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunday work party, Feb 21, 2016

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! The Indian plum is just starting to bloom and we've got a maintenance work party coming up:
  • Sunday, Feb 21, 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.
We'll be going back to the area we worked in January at the north end of the park, and hope to get that area finished up this month. We've put so much of the forest in restoration, that means that maintenance is a bigger part of our job and is critical! Early spring is a beautiful time to be in the forest! Sharon
Red-breasted Sapsucker, 2/6/16 (north end of the park!)
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Friday, January 29, 2016

Saturday work party Feb 6, 2016


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up. Here are the details:
  • Saturday, Feb 6th 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.
For those of you who have been following the proposed pilot project for a bike course in the forests of the Cheasty Greenspace, Here's the press release. The project is stopped for now, because the hearing examiner determined that the Parks Department failed to prove that the project would not have significant environmental impact.

Also, here's an very interesting article from National Geographic on plant memory: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/15/can-a-plant-remember-this-one-seems-to-heres-the-evidence/?utm_sourc

Raven in the park on Jan 24th. Have you heard them?

See you Saturday the 6th! Sharon
--
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, January 14, 2016

UW Capstone interns will be working in the park


We welcome Bethany Taylor and Celina Baker, both UW seniors in the Program on the Environment, as interns for winter quarter (January through mid-March)! They are both seeking careers in forest restoration and will be getting hands on experience by placing in restoration 2-3000 sq. ft. of invaded forest. They have chosen a site just west of the north parking lot, near our JoBox.

Volunteer forest steward, Sharon Baker, will be working with them every Saturday morning. They will each be working 8 hours a week in the park. In addition to their hands on work, they will be helping us by repeating the observational survey of off leash dog activity initiated by our intern last winter, Sam Timpe. Hopefully, the West Seattle Blog will publish their findings to document any ongoing changes in off leash dog activity in the park. Of course, we’re hoping to see a decrease with ongoing publicity about the issue. 
Sharon, Celina, and Bethany





Bethany and Celina will also be conducting their own research projects in conjunction with their hands on work. Bethany will be looking at factors associated with individual’s decision to volunteer for urban forest restoration work. This will be very valuable to us in tailoring our efforts to recruit and support volunteers. Celina, who grew up in the forests of Lincoln Park, will be examining the ways in which off leash dog activity degrades urban forests, including the public health effects. Dog feces spread infectious organisms, many people, especially children are frightened of uncontrolled dogs, and uncontrolled dogs may injure other park visitors (including other dogs). Her findings will be very useful to us as in increasing public awareness of the need to keep dogs on leash in Lincoln Park. 

If you see a couple of hard working women engaged in invasive removal in the park, welcome them and thank them for their important contributions to the health of Lincoln Park!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sunday Work Party 1/17/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a maintenance work party coming up.
  • Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • NW layers to stay dry and warm with shoes/boots that can get wet
If you've walked the park lately you may have noticed some work in the woods just west of the north parking lot---new plantings and snow fence. Go to our blog for an explanation    http://friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com/2016/01/whats-with-snow-fence-in-woods.html

At the blog you will also (soon) find an introduction to our wonderful UW interns for winter quarter, Bethany Taylor and Celina Baker. 

See you Sunday for a good work out and good karma! Sharon--

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, January 7, 2016

What’s with the snow fence in the woods!?

In the forest just west of the north parking lot you may have noticed a couple of lengths of snow fence and lots of new plants.  

 
If you walk that area regularly, you may have also noticed over the last several years that the area was being trampled.  Park users leave their cars and follow faint trails into the woods, which then become bigger trails, leaving more and more bare soil, dead plants and a mish mash of crisscrossing social trails.  

We want to thank the Park Department’s Natural Area Crew, lead by Eric Sterner, for their help in trying to solve that problem.  After consulting with Sue Brimhall and Sharon Baker, volunteer forest stewards, and with Phil Renfrow, head gardener for the SW District, Eric’s crew began what will be a long process of protecting and restoring that area.  With Natural Area Crew support, we will be decreasing the number of social trails and replanting the area.

We don’t want to prevent access to Lincoln’s beautiful forests, but we don’t want them loved to death!  As the beautiful signs just off the north and south parking lots, donated to the park by Seattle Nature Alliance say, “The forest floor is alive!”  

We want to keep it that way. 


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell