I spent the week before Green Seattle Day, November 4th, worrying about rain. That was the forecast! But we stayed dry through the entire 3 hours we spent planting natives on Saturday. Amazing how staying dry when you expect rain can boost your spirits. But our spirits were primarily boosted by the fabulous group of 30 people who came out to show Lincoln Park some love.
Many of the volunteers were old friends, who have been volunteering and appreciating Lincoln Park for years. Some were new to the park, and we did our best to persuade them that they should come back.
They were a hardworking, skilled group and did an excellent job of planting and mulching 280 plants in 3 different areas of the park.
The Friends of Lincoln Park has been engaged in forest restoration for the past 12 years. With the help of EarthCorps and professional restoration crews on the steep slopes, we’ve put better than half of the 80 acres of forest in the park into restoration. Notice I don’t say we’ve “restored” the forest. The natural world is dynamic. In a city in particular, with lots of sources of invasive plants, maintenance is critical. During 2017, we’ve focused our twice monthly work parties on going back to areas previously worked to do maintenance.
Our plantings reflected that work, in that we were primarily infilling areas in which we had previously planted. Many people think of forest restoration as planting trees. Lincoln Park is well endowed with trees (about 4500 individuals), so our focus was on the critical lower layers of the ecosystem. We planted ferns and shrubs.
Actually, our Green Seattle Work began a week earlier on October 27th . Fifty three gung ho fifth graders from Gatewood Elementary School put in 60 ferns and 60 ninebark cuttings! Last year, when they were 4th graders, the kids had removed invasives from the area they planted. What a wonderful community we live in! Loving Lincoln Park brings us together! - Sharon