Archive for June, 2011

IMPORTANT STEPS IN TRAIL DESIGN

Friends of Yesler Swamp has long hoped to create an earth-friendly, all-season trail for Yesler Swamp.
SBA Landscape Architects – the Yesler Swamp trail design team – kicked off the design process at the first community meeting on March 1. The team offered an overview of the site and heard comments from the community. Nearly 30 people attended and shared their views on the future of Yesler Swamp.
In order to create a design that best preserves the sensitive environment of the swamp, the design team needed to take a careful look at what’s there now. To confirm the site conditions, environmental expert Diane Brewster of Touchstone EcoServices has recently completed a “Wetland Report” describing the water, soil conditions, and vegetation at Yesler Swamp. Take a look at this very informative Yesler Swamp Wetland Report.

The next step is to decide where to lay the trail and what type of trail to construct. In the near future, we’ll announce the date for the next community meeting at which the design team will present options for the trail. Please plan to attend!
When the trail is completed, the community will have the opportunity to watch eagles fishing in the lagoon and resting in the trees, study the many waterfowl (including at least one standing blue heron), listen to over 100 kinds of song birds, peek at the beaver lodge, and enjoy the amazing solitude of Yesler Swamp – all right in the middle of one of Seattle’s busiest neighborhoods!

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FATHER’S DAY FEST

Reminder — Friends of Yesler Swamp 2nd Annual Father’s Day Fest & Nature Walk! Featuring SWAMPY THE BEAR!
Sunday, June 19 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:00
A fun-filled outing for parents and kids 3 and up in a REAL SWAMP!
Free barbequed hot dogs, chips and juice!
Swampy the Bear will lead a guided nature tour. Kids will get the chance to learn about native birds and animals AND help save the Swamp by spreading wood chips on the trail and pulling the icky ivy that threatens Yesler Swamp.
Meet us at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, for the nature walk and barbeque.

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This post by UWBG Horticulturalist originally appeared in the UWBG blog, and has been republished here upon request. Enjoy!

A loosestrife by any other name. . .

If you have trouble remembering this plant’s name, you might try thinking of the strife it has let loose on our wetlands. In 2009, the Department of Ecology awarded the UW Botanic Gardens a 5-year grant for the control of garden loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris), a class B noxious weed mandated for control by the King County Noxious Weed Control Board. Now we’re hosting a symposium featuring the latest observations and expertise on aquatic weed management.

In his keynote address, Steve Manning, founder and president of Invasive Plant Control, Inc., will present economically and environmentally sound techniques for controlling invasive aquatic weeds. You’ll also hear from King County Noxious Weed Specialist Katie Messick and representatives from the UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks Department. The afternoon will be devoted to a kayak or walking tour (your choice) through Lake Washington’s wetlands, one of garden loosestrife’s primary haunts in this region.

Designed for professional audiences, this symposium is open to everyone interested in aquatic weeds and their control.


Managing Aquatic Weeds: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle

Professional Credits: WSDA, WSNLA (pending) Symposium with Kayak Tour, $55; Symposium with Walking Tour, $30.

Box lunch included when you register by July 10: 206-685-8033 or online.

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Second Annual Father’s Day Swamp Fest & Nature Walk
Sunday, June 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:00
Sunday in the Swamp with Swampy (the Bear)

A fun-filled outing for kids 3 and up on the edge of a real swamp.

Free hot dogs, chips and juice served in compost-able cups.

Swampy the Bear leads a guided nature tour, and kids learn about native birds and animals and get to spread wood chips on the trail and pull the icky ivy at Yesler Swamp.

Meet us at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, for this nature walk.

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