Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Looking forward to 2019... FLiP Leadership Transition





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! 

Dig IN! Join us for another restoration event: Sunday, 12/16/18, 9 am – 12 pm



Please register here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/12526/
 
Grab your work gloves and dig in with the Friends of Lincoln Park (FLiP) as we continue to restore another beautiful forested area in the park. We promise you a good workout and a sense of satisfaction. Good for the environment and good for your health! Kids welcome.

Where: Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we’re working or call Lisa 248.506.7155

What to bring: Long sleeves and pants suggested for protection! Sturdy shoes or boots and a water bottle. Gloves if you have them, or we’ll provide.

What you’ll do: Help remove invasive blackberry, ivy, holly AND help protect our beautiful urban forest!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Save the Trees (and the flags)!




The Friends of Lincoln Park (FLiP) would like to ask for some help from our community. The 300+ trees and plants species that were carefully planted and flagged on Green Seattle Day (Nov 3), will need continued monitoring and care over their first years of life in the park.

The flagging (colored flag tape) helps us locate the newly planted trees and plants for watering during summer droughts and track their survival. Removing the flagging often damages the plants and limits our ability to help them survive. Please help the trees and plants at Lincoln Park live long and healthy lives.

REMEMBER: If you see a flagged tree, please leave it be!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

December 1st - Urban Forest Restoration Event


Join us for another restoration event! Saturday, 12/1/18, 9 am – 12 pm


Please register here: https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/12514/

Give back to our much-loved Seattle park that provides us with so many natural benefits. We promise you a good workout and a sense of satisfaction. Good for the environment and good for your health! Kids welcome.

Where: Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we’re working or call Sharon at 206.464.1068 or Lisa 248.506.7155

What to bring: Long sleeves and pants suggested for protection. Sturdy shoes or boots and a water bottle. Gloves if you have them, or we’ll provide.

What you’ll do: Help remove invasive blackberry, ivy, holly AND help protect our beautiful urban forest!

Check out the fun photos below,
from our November 18th restoration event!



 Karen tackled some knarly blackberry!

 The cute, furry guy is Lincoln...his awesome adoptive family named him after the Park! 

 
A great community of hard-working Lincoln Park supporters!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Urban Forest Restoration Event - Sunday Nov. 18!

Join us for another restoration event! Sunday, 11/18/18, 9 am – 12 pm

Please register here:
https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/12525/

Help us give back to a greenspace that provides us with so many natural benefits. We promise you a good workout and a sense of satisfaction. Good for the environment and good for your health! Kids welcome.

Where: Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose St). If you miss us at 9am, check the kiosk map to see where we’re working or call Sharon at 206.464.1068 or Lisa 248.506.7155

What to bring: Long sleeves and pants suggested for protection. Sturdy shoes or boots and a water bottle. Gloves if you have them, or we’ll provide.

What you’ll do: Help remove invasive blackberry, ivy and holly - we're returning to a favorite spot to finish up!