Sunday, July 9, 2017

Two work parties - 7/16 and 8/5

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. This is a heads up for 2 upcoming work parties.
  • Sunday, July 16th 9am to noon
  • Saturday, August 5th 9am to noon
  • For both, meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St). 
  • Long sleeves and pants with sturdy, closed toe shoes suggested for protection.
Sue Brimhall (killybee@msn.com), Co-steward for Lincoln Park, will be leading both work parties.

This is a wonderful time of the year to be out in the cool woods--that's one of many reasons we do this work, forests counteract city heat islands. Sharon
Phantom Orchid, along the bluff trail, 6/19/17
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saturday work party, 7/1/16

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, start your Fourth of July weekend off by doing something for our local environment! We have a work party coming up. Our work parties are a great way to help your kids connect to and learn to understand and appreciate the natural world. 
  • Saturday, July 1 9am to noon
  • Meet at north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Even if it's warm, it's a good idea to wear long sleeves and pants with sturdy, closed toe shoes or boot to protect yourself. 
As we celebrate our nation's founding, let's also think about our future and why we are doing our forest restoration work. Sometimes, when you're over your head in blackberries, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. Michael Yadrick is the Park Department Plant Ecologist who provides vital guidance and support to our work. Michael has written a very thoughtful piece on Seattle urban trees and natural areas. He clearly makes the case for the ecological benefits of healthy urban forests. Check out the link below. Sharon


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday work party 6/18/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We've got a work party coming up.
  • Sunday, June 18th, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, with sturdy closed toe shoes or boots strongly suggested for protection 
You all know that the work we are doing is of benefit to our community and the planet. You might not know that being out in nature is also good for your personal health. Here's a recent article from The Seattle Weekly describing the benefits. Sharon


Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Saturday work party 6/3/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a work party coming up. This a great opportunity to get the kids in your life out in the woods, working with you. Prevent "nature deprivation syndrome"!
  • Saturday, June 3rd 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Forecast is rain, but who knows--long sleeves and pant, with sturdy shoes or boots suggested for your protection. 
Female Cooper's Hawk, nesting in Lincoln Park
We'll continue our 2017 emphasis on doing maintenance on all the wooded areas we've put into restoration over the last 12 years of work. We've accomplished a lot! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sword Fern Die-Off

For the past several years concerned people have been attempting to understand a fern die off in Seward Park. It might also be happening on Mercer Island. So far, no evidence of a die off in Lincoln, but we're watching closely. To learn more about the die off, please read this paper written by Paul Shannon, a steward at Seward:
Healthy sword ferns in Lincoln Park
The more eyes we have watching for this the better! Sharon

Photos, background, action items, and more from the Seattle Nature Alliance:

Sunday Work Party 5/21/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up. Looks as if it might be a beautiful sunny day in our wonderful park--enjoy and bring the kids! 
  • Sunday, May 21 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Long sleeves and pants, and sturdy shoes or boots suggested for protection 
For the past several years concerned people have been attempting to understand a fern die off in Seward Park. It might also be happening on Mercer Island. So far, no evidence of a die off in Lincoln, but we're watching closely. If you would like to learn more about the die off, check out our blog (friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com). We will be posting a write up from Paul Shannon, a steward at Seward, soon. The more eyes we have watching for this the better! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saturday work party 5/6/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. Celebrate our emerging spring in Lincoln Park! We've got a work party coming up. 
  • Saturday, May 6th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress to stay warm and dry, with NW layers. Sturdy shoes or boots
Trillium in the park, April 4
And here's another Lincoln Park event. On Friday, May 5th there will be a celebration of the signing of the Seattle Urban Bird Treaty. Should be a fun event. Go to this website for details. https://www.timeout.com/seattle/things-to-do/urban-bird-treaty-ceremony

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday work party 4/16/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park. We have a work party coming up right in the middle of Easter and Passover. It would be great if you could get away for a few hours to join us.
  • Sunday, April 16th 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm/cool and dry (Expect anything this time of the year! It's wet in the park, so sturdy shoes or boots vital.)
We will be continuing our 2017 maintenance project, getting the early weeds and going back to previously worked areas to keep them beautiful. Sharon
From 4/1/17 by the north lot - weeding is hard work - but rewarding!
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday work party 4/1/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! We have a work party coming up. This is a wonderful time of the year to hang out in our splendid forest. Get the kids out too!

We will continue our 2017 focus on maintaining all the areas we've already placed in restoration.
  • Saturday, April 1, 9am* to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Current forecast is slight chance of rain, so be prepared. Good footwear that will handle wet and using a shovel recommended. 
Plant Natives for Birds
The most recent issue of Audubon has an article by Mark Jannot on the value of planting natives, even if it's just containers on your patio or deck, for helping birds survive in the urban environment. Native birds have a clear preference for native plants. Audubon has a website to guide you in plant selection: audubon.org/plantsforbirds They apparently lumped eastern and western Washington, so ignore the sagebrush and rabbitbush, but otherwise good suggestions for your yard.

Buy Natives at the Central Puget Sound Chapter/WNPS sale
The Central Puget Sound chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is holding its annual native plant sale at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island on Saturday, April 29th. Go to wnps.org to learn more. It's a fabulous sale!

*If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our work location or call me at 206 464 1068 Sharon
Sharon talking with Mayor Murray at the Fauntleroy Food Fest, 3/21/17
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday work party, 3/19/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up.
  • Sunday March 19, 9am to noon
  • Meet at north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots, it's wet out there!
If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we are working or call me at 206 464 1068.

We will continue to do maintenance and plant a few last trees and ferns as the winter planting season ends.

Here's a HUGE thank you to Paradigm Builders and Plants for the Planet, two groups that worked with us Saturday, March 11th to put in 130 trees and shrubs in the area called "H2". Three of them are here, here, and here.

That brings that area into phase 4, the final phase in the restoration process, now we just need to maintain it. They were undeterred by the steady rain and did an outstanding job of planting!

H2 is the green area in the middle, click to see larger:


Sharon Baker

Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saturday work party, 3/4/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, come and enjoy the slow onset of spring with us in Lincoln Park. We will continue to do maintenance, removing invasive plants in areas we've previously placed in restoration. That's our focus this year, to catch up on the backlog of maintenance. 
Salmonberry, Feb 21
  • Sat, March 4th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose)
  • Who knows on weather! Dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry
  • If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our work location or call me at 206 464 1068
I wanted to share some sad news. One of our beautiful signs "The Forest Floor is Alive", designed and placed by the Seattle Nature Alliance, was recently defaced. Someone tried to scratch out the suggestion that dogs be kept on leash---wonder who did that! Let's keep the social pressure up for people to keep their dogs on leash in the park in order to protect the forest. 

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Defacing of donated art in Lincoln Park

Forest floor plants grow by the inch and die by the foot! Especially the clawed feet of dogs running illegally off leash in Lincoln Park. But I suspect some dog walkers do not understand that and, in fact, are defiant about their perceived right to let their dogs run off leash through the forests of Lincoln Park. That was made apparent by the recent defacing of a beautiful educational sign, explaining the delicacy of the forest floor plants.

The sign was designed and placed by volunteers from Seattle Nature Alliance and funded by community donations. As volunteer forest steward at Lincoln Park, leading efforts to restore our forest, I’ve seen firsthand the damage done by dogs running loose in the forest. I’d like to appeal to the majority of dog walkers in the park, who obey the leash laws, to use your influence to encourage off leash scofflaws to behave in a more responsible way.

Thank you! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday work party 2/19/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we've got a maintenance work party coming up. We'll be working in areas previously placed in restoration to get what we missed and any new invaders.
  • Sunday, Feb 19th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots. 
If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our location or call me at 206 464 1068. Sharon
Getting out stubborn, invasive roots sometimes requires special equipment!
11/20/16 work party.
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday work party 2/4/17

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up. It's your chance to get an early taste of spring, the Indian plum is just getting ready to bloom and the hazelnut has it's catkins out.
  • Saturday, Feb 4th 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • The usual NW layers, be ready for rain, sturdy shoes or boots.
If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk to see where we are working or call me at 206-464-1068
Indian Plum in Lincoln Park - March 5, 2016
We've accomplished a lot in the last 11+years, enough that we plan to spend 2017 maintaining our progress by revisiting areas previously placed in restoration and removing new or missed invasives. Should be very rewarding and satisfying work! See you Saturday! Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunday work party 1/15/17


Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, we have a work party coming up.
  • Sunday, Jan 15, 9am to noon
  • Meet at the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Looks as if it's likely to be warmer than last weekend, but dress in NW layers to stay warm and dry, with sturdy shoes or boots.
And here's another reminder of an extraordinary opportunity. The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is re-activating it's highly respected native plant steward training. The training will be held in Shoreline and involves 100 hours of class time, plus field trips and is free. Participants will be expected to complete 100 hours of volunteer work in Shoreline following training.

For more information, go to:  http://wnps.org/npsp/cps/stewardship/index.html

If you miss us at 9am, check the map on the kiosk to find us or call Sharon at 206 464 1968.

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saturday work party 1/7/17

Greeting Friends of Lincoln Park, our first work party of 2017 is coming up. It's your first chance to enact you 2017 resolution to do more for your planet, your community and your health. We likely will be completing the invasive removal launched by 50 fabulous fourth graders from Gatewood Elementary School a few weeks ago. What an amazing, wonderful group of kids, parents and teachers! Some photos and a thank you note here:
  • Saturday, Jan 7 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St)
  • Dress in NW Layers to stay warm and DRY, with sturdy boots or shoes
And here is an extraordinary opportunity! The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is re-establishing their very highly regarded Native Plant Steward training, with a 100 hour class beginning in Feb. in Shoreline. There is not charge for the class, but participants make a 100 hour volunteer commitment to the City of Shoreline and to the native plant society. Expressions of interest are due by Jan 17th. For more information, go to:

http://wnps.org/npsp/cps/stewardship/index.html

Note: If you can't get to the park by 9am, check the map on the kiosk for our work location or call me at 206 464 1068. Sharon

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell