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