Archive for the ‘Invasive Plant Removal’ Category

The work party today successfully finished the temporary Yesler Swamp trail. The “Y” shaped trail completed access to the north and eastern portion of the lagoon from the eastern parking lot of the Urban Horticulture Buildings. The trail was positioned by Kern Ewing. The swampy portions were covered with hand cut logs cut by Lennie Nelson and placed by Fred Hoffer. Today Kern Ewing, Lennie Nelson, Fred Hoffer, Timothy McDonald, Jerry Gettel, Kelly Hoffer, Fiona Hoffer, Jean Colley, and Carol Arnold hauled and spread wood chips on the eastern portion of the trail and were photographed by Elizabeth Nelson and interviewed and videotaped by Jim Compton.

In order to make a complete loop out of this trail, money, architectural design and a boardwalk will be necessary. In the meantime please enjoy the temporary trail now accessible in tennis shoes instead of boots.

The males: Fred Hoffer, Jerry Gettel, Timothy McDonald, Len Nelson, Kern Ewing


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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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This coming Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon, a student volunteer group (Society for Ecological Restoration Student Guild) will be removing ivy from trees both behind CUH and in the Yesler Swamp. Nate Hough-Snee, one of Kern Ewing’s graduate students, will be helping coordinate this effort. Any neighborhood participation is welcome.

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