As of January 1, 2019, the leadership of the volunteer forest restoration team at Lincoln, a part of the Green Seattle Partnership, will be changing. Sharon Baker will be stepping down as lead, to be replaced by Lisa McGinty. Sharon and Lisa share their thoughts on this transition.
A note from Sharon
I’ve lived just north of Lincoln Park in West Seattle since 1986. This beautiful park, with a mature forest on the shores of Puget Sound, was a major factor in the decision to move to West Seattle. In 2005, I completed the Washington Native Plant Society’s native plant steward training. This training deepened my appreciation of the natural world and provided me with the knowledge to take on a forest restoration project, with support from the newly launched Green Seattle Partnership. In the spring of 2005 I made flyers, announcing our first restoration work party at Lincoln, and distributed them through out the neighborhood. A few people responded and joined me, and Friends of Lincoln Park (FLiP) was launched. We began with monthly work parties and have been doing twice monthly work parties for the past 6-8 years. Hundreds of wonderful people have worked with FLiP to restore the forests of Lincoln Park. We’ve made good progress and have reached the point where we have enough acres in restoration, that we now spend more time maintaining our gains than in enrolling new acreage. With help from Earthcorp and professional crews on the steep slopes, we’ve put over half of the 80 acres of forest in Lincoln into restoration.
My dad taught me to appreciate the natural world, and my mother taught me the value of doing volunteer work in the community. I have a long history of community volunteer work, but my time working in Lincoln has been the most deeply satisfying of all. My plan is to continue to volunteer in Lincoln for as long as is possible. But it’s time for new leadership. I’m approaching 80 and don’t have the strength and endurance I once had. In addition, it’s time for new ideas! Lisa McGinty is also a master native plant steward and worked with us for several years before she and her family moved away in 2013. We worked very well together, so I was overjoyed when she and her family moved back to Seattle in 2018 and she agreed to take on the leadership of FLiP. She is smart, creative, modern (!!!), knowledgeable and a strong, capable leader. I truly look forward to supporting her in her new role!
A note from Lisa
I’m excited to be working in the Park again and so grateful to Sharon for her expert mentorship, leadership and guidance. From the first time I visited Lincoln Park, I knew it was a special place. I wish to be an advocate for not only our beautiful urban forest, but also for our amazing and supportive community. With Sharon’s continued dedication and Green Seattle Partnership’s steady support, we can continue to give back to a place that benefits us in so many ways. If you're in the park and see us working, please stop by... I love to hear the many stories of what the park means to those who visit and cherish it. See you in the Park!