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
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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