Archive for April, 2012

Swamp Walk!

Native Plants vs. The Invasives
FREE Nature Walk for Kids & Adults
Sunday, May 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

“But I like ivy! What’s wrong with invasive plants, anyway?”
How many times have we heard someone say they LIKE ivy and blackberry and some of the other invasives that threaten Yesler Swamp? How do we answer?
For the answers, join Friends of Yesler Swamp for a FREE  guided nature tour of Yesler Swamp. This is the chance for kids and adults to explore WHY swamp restorers are battling invasive species of plants and replacing them with plants native to the Pacific Northwest.
The Swamp Walk, which will stay on the dry wood chip path, will be led by Elby Jones, Native Plant Steward of the Washington Native Plant Society. Meet in the east parking lot at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle.
For more than 35 years the Washington Native Plant Society has provided education about and advocacy for plants and habitats native to the Evergreen State. Elby Jones holds a B.A./B.S. in Ecology from Evergreen State College and a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington. He works for King County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, on Cougar Mountain.

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Earth Day Swamp Walk!

Free Swamp Walk for Kids & Adults

Sunday, Earth Day, April 22, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

 On Sunday, April 22, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Friends of Yesler Swamp will sponsor an Earth Day guided tour of Yesler Swamp. This free walk is great for both adults and kids!

Rob Edsforth, a leader of the UW Yesler Swamp Restoration Team, will lead the Earth Day walk. Rob’s team has been working hard for months to remove invasive species and restore native plants to Yesler Swamp.

Rob and his team will explain their efforts to preserve and protect this unique natural area located in the heart of Seattle.

Yesler Swamp, with its active beaver lodge, is a fishing ground for nearby resident bald eagles, a breeding area for waterfowl, and a critical habitat for native bird species.

If not controlled, invasive plants like Himalayan blackberry will out- compete the native flora and degrade the fragile ecosystem. Restoration of Yesler Swamp has been no easy task for the UW Restoration Team, involving months of planning and labor, and made possible thanks to the hard work of determined volunteers.

The Earth Day walk will begin in the east parking lot at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle.

Yesler Swamp UW Restoration Team
Photo by Lewis E. Johnson

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Restoration In Yesler Swamp

The next time you’re visiting Yesler Swamp, take a look at the fantastic restoration work done by UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences students working on UW REN Project 2012. Thanks to Friends of Yesler Swamp member Rob Edsforth and to all the volunteers for their terrific work!

Photo by Lewis E. Johnson

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Jerry Gettel will be leading a work party this weekend focusing on maintaining last year’s work at replacing blackberry with native plants in the northern portion of the upland area near 41st and Surber. We need to keep the blackberry from reemerging and crowding out the small natives we have planted one year ago. Please bring your own pick axe, clippers, rake and or wheel barrow or use tools that Kern Ewing may have available.  

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