Archive for February, 2010

We met, we talked, we got things done!  Thanks aplenty to everyone who attended, particularly to Wanda Brown and Connie Sidles, two Audubon all-stars who gave their evenings in the service of community involvement.

Learn more about their input, and the state of the project, in the minutes from the 2/25 Friends of Yesler Swamp meeting:

Meeting Minutes, 2.25.10

Our next meeting will be on March 3rd, from 6:30-8pm, in the same great place.

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What:  Meeting of the Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail steering committee. This will be a working meeting, and anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

When: Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Center for Urban Horticulture, the southwest room near the CUH library. (You will be directed to the room.)

The agenda:

1)      General welcome

2)      Update on RFP

3)      Website update

4)      Potential name change

5)      Suggestion for blackberry control and increased mowing

6)      Mystery Tour update

7)      Gift acknowledgement letters

8)      Progress on grants

9)      Public comments

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Behold, the video of the January swamp walk!

Featuring Professor Kern Ewing as our guide,  neighborhood participation, and discussion of avenues for community outreach.

Cinematography and production by Jim Compton.

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You are invited to the Great February Ivy Pull and Blackberry Wrangle!

On Saturday, February 27th, we will be removing English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries from the Yesler Swamp. Kern Ewing and Fred Hoffer will be leading the expedition.

We will be meeting in the easternmost parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, which flanks the entrance to the Yesler Swamp Trail.

Tools for English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry control will be available on site; bring your own gloves and sturdy shoes.

Neighbor participation is welcomed and appreciated!

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  • Planning And Design

On January 11, Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail filed an application with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a grant to hire a professional team to design the Yesler Swamp Trail. As soon as the professionals have been selected, a detailed planning and design process will begin. There will be at least three public meetings for community input, ideas and concerns. Notices of the dates and location will be distributed in advance. Please encourage as many people as possible to attend the planning meetings. Community input and concerns are important!

  • Wildlife Issues

In response to neighborhood concerns about the impact of the proposed Yesler Swamp Trail on wildlife, Kern Ewing assembled a team of wildlife experts to visit the Yesler Swamp.

In January, the four wildlife biologists toured the site. The experts agreed that the benefits of attention to the swamp, especially control of invasive plants, would outweigh any damage from a boardwalk. In fact, a boardwalk that keeps people from trodding directly on leaves and branches could benefit wildlife by curtailing the potential impact of humans. More information at Why a Trail?.

  • Friends of Yesler Swamp Trail Steering Committee Meetings

The steering committee will next meet on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30. There is no formal agenda, but future Yesler Swamp Trail events will be discussed and work will begin on drafting the request for proposals for the professional design team. This will be a working meeting, and anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

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YST Blog has a new look!

The shiny new Yesler Swamp Trail Blog has a new layout for better navigation, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, and more information on the project’s history, impact and intent. Also starring a .pdf of our grant application, new photos, and a new header!

In addition to the blog updates, a contact email address has been added to our array of clever technological devices. You can now reach folk involved with the project by emailing yeslerswamptrail (at) gmail (dot) com. This address will reach all of the project heads, saving time and imaginary email postage.

So… new format. Yep. Welcome! Please make yourself at home!

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