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Join us for an update on the design for the Yesler Swamp Trail. Latest proposed plans will be presented by our design team – Chuck Warsinski, Principal, SBA Landscape Architects; Diane Brewster, Professional Wetlands Scientist; and Laura Davis, Project Landscape Architect. The Community Meeting is your chance to ask questions of our team and share your ideas for the Yesler Swamp Trail. Spanish translation will be available upon email request to

Community meeting will be held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3500 NE 41st, Seattle.



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Center for Urban Horticulture

Friends of Yesler Swamp and UW Botanic Gardens invite the community to join in planning for the future of Yesler Swamp, a 6.4-acre site near the corner of NE 41st and Surber Drive.

Meet our design and environmental team from SB&A Landscape Architects – team leader Chuck Warsinske, wetlands scientist Diane Brewster, and project landscape architect Laura Davis.

For more information, contact us at or visit our website at

¡Habrá intérprete de español!

Meeting accommodation for persons with disabilities available upon request.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Our second steering committee meeting concluded with much to do. Minutes are available below:

Meeting Minutes, 3.3.10

As always, we welcome and encourage public participation and input at these meetings!

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 8th, at 3pm, at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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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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  • 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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