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The conservation core completed the first phase of the boardwalk out to the point on the west trail with two overlooks onto the lagoon. Volunteers are now preparing a permanent upland trail to the the distal boardwalk that will be graveled by our ribbon cutting ceremony in September that your are invited to participate in as an interested participant. Food, alcohol, a band, a speech, faculty, staff, dignitaries, Friends and tours of the trail will pack the two hours rain or shine.First lagoon viewpoint IMG_1747

What’s that “pinging” in Yesler Swamp?
That’s the sound of Washington Conservation Corps building the Yesler Swamp trail! 
Thanks to the generosity of our community, construction of the boardwalk is finally under way. The trail is supported by special pin piles to protect the fragile shoreline environment. The work crew is now beginning to place the pin piles and construct the ADA-accessible cedar boardwalk.

Portions of the boardwalk loop will be finished in the next few months and we expect to have the entire project completed in 2015. Then, the  community — young and old — will be able to safely enjoy the water, the birds, the beavers, and the amazing restoration taking place in beautiful Yesler Swamp!

 

I crawl along 4 x 12s and can see the new planking (with spacers) better

Photo by Jean Colley

Building Yesler Swamp Trail

Construction of the raised boardwalk is under way in May! Washington Conservation Corps members are hard at work, the engineers are checking the placement of the pin piles in the wetland environment, and we hope to celebrate the first stage of finished construction by September 2014!

Restoring Yesler Swamp

Thanks to the terrific partnership between Friends of Yesler Swamp, the UW-Restoration Ecology Network, and the UW Community Engagement Project, the restoration of Yesler Swamp is about 80% complete and will be completed in May. Now we begin the hard work of maintaining and monitoring the restoration areas!
Community Giving

Tuesday, May 6, is GIVE BIG day to Yesler Swamp! Your contributions will go a long way because Seattle Foundation will “stretch” all donations up to $5,000 per donor. 

May you have as good a month as Yesler Swamp!

The first phase of construction began on the boardwalk in Yesler Swamp. The attached photo shows the crew from Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) setting “diamond pier footings” and inserting metal pins to hold the footings in place, in preparation to actually installing the cedar boardwalk. The crew is working on the west side of the swamp, so if you want to stop by, you can see how they are doing. They are setting the pin piles in the deepest portion of the west trail before the April 15th cut off date set by the Army Corp of Engineers. The WCC is diverted to help recover the victims of the mudslide and will return in May to install more footings and then lay down the cedar boardwalk itself.

In response to the disturbance caused by this construction in the wetland we are mitigating by removing invasive plants and planting native plants within the swamp. Last year we had one senior UW group. This year we have 2 senior and one junior groups doing this work for us.  So you’ll notice lots of pink ribbons and signs saying “restoration in progress” — the work of many talented and energetic UW students to whom we are most grateful.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have worked with us since 2009 to make the boardwalk a reality and restore this wonderful 6.4 acre site.construction start

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UW RESTORATION OF YESLER SWAMP

 

UW Restoration Ecology Network students need your help in Yesler Swamp! 

 

The 2013-2014 UW REN restoration of Yesler Swamp is well on the way but we could use a hand. We will be removing more invasive plants, mulching, and planting. If you would like an opportunity to help out in your local community, we’d love to have your support.

 

We will be removing invasive species and mulching on: 

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 10am to 3pm 

 

We will finish mulching and start planting native species on:

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10am to 3pm

 

To RSVP, or if you have questions, please email Amy Stephens at aamys6@uw.edu or email Elyse Denkers at edenkers@gmail.com

 

Where to meet: UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105. We will be located at the Yesler Swamp trailhead in the CUH parking lot. Sign in sheets will be located here. 

 

What to bring: Dress appropriately for the weather (rain or shine) and be sure to wear clothes that are tough and can get dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Rain or waterproof work boots preferred. Also bring a water bottle. We will have a water jug to refill your bottle.

 

Tools, water, snacks, and gloves will be provided.

 

Looking forward meeting new volunteers!

 

 

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Fifth graders from Laurelhurst Elementary School are helping to save Yesler Swamp!

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 Mr. Pat Howard’s fifth grade class from Laurelhurst Elementary recently visited Yesler Swamp. The kids planted plant seeds that will grow into native shrubs. A walk through the swamp followed the seed planting lesson.

 

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The children saw an active beaver lodge and spotted a blue heron. In a 30-second moment of silence, everyone heard a chorus of birds singing and an eagle’s cry.

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Professor Kern Ewing and UW students Carolyn Foster and Tyler Licata taught the children about environmental restoration, why invasive species harm nature, and why it is important to replace blackberries with native plants.

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UW Botanic Gardens: Avian Tools with Connie Sidles

 

Saturday, January 25, 10 – 11:30am

 

UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle

$20 before Jan. 18 ~ $25 after Jan. 18

Everyone is invited to learn about the birds of Yesler Swamp. See how the birds of Yesler Swamp use their beaks and bodies to make a living in the swamp! This fun, hands-on demo class is taught by master birder Connie Sidles — for all ages. You can sign up just for the Jan. 25 class or for the whole series of 4 classes, your choice.

 Connie Sidles, author of Fill of Joy and local birding authority, offers this exciting series throughout 2014 to learn all about the birds in our area. Each class will focus on a seasonal topic and include a story from Connie’s book. In this class Connie will illustrate the various specializations of birds’ bills that enable them to find food and divide the resources of nature to minimize competition.

To register or learn more, go to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens Website.

Our New Partners!

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Welcome to our new partners, the UW Community Engagement Committee ~ Yesler Swamp Project. The new partnership will be a continuous collaboration between the student committee and the Friends of Yesler Swamp. The Community Engagement Committee is committed to working for two years to preserve, protect, and maintain Yesler Swamp!

In the picture (from left to right) are Tyler Licata, Carol Foster, and Morgan Wright (UW Community, Environment and Planning students), and BG Court ( a student in civil engineering). A special welcome to Tyler and Carolyn who will join the Friends of Yesler Swamp Board.

The Committee has already worked for three weekends clearing invasive out of Yesler Swamp. The Committee’s next work day is is Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Please show up anytime during the morning/early afternoon. Tools will be provided, just bring your own work boots/shoes. Tasks include: Mitigating invasive plant species in various locations (Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy, and Morning Glory) and revitalizing those zones with native plants species.

Check out the Community Engagement Committee’s Yesler Swamp Project website!

 

Union Bay Watch

Union Bay Watch photo

 

Yesler Swamp, on the north shore of Union Bay, is home to over 100 species of birds, an active beaver lodge, and wildlife. (Last winter, an otter was seen skating on the frozen waters of Yesler Swamp — really!)

Yesler Swamp lovers will enjoy Union Bay Watch, a website dedicated to  promoting “the appreciation of wildlife on and around Union Bay and a higher level of harmony between harmony and nature.” The site features beautiful bird photographs and informative commentary on Union Bay wildlife.

The original photo of the Great Blue Heron to the left is sourced from Union Bay Watch. Check out this great site!

 

Yesler Swamp is an urban wilderness, hidden away in the heart of Seattle. But where is Yesler Swamp, anyway?

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You can find GPS directions for the street address at 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle. Or you can take any route to Husky stadium, then follow these directions:

  • Head north on Montlake Boulevard. Follow Montlake as it curves to the right and becomes NE 45th Street.
  • Follow NE 45th Street to Five Corners (This is the 5-way intersection where NE 45th meets Mary Gates drive. You will see a Tulley’s on the northwest corner.)
  • Turn right onto Mary Gates drive. Follow Mary Gates Drive as it curves to the left and turns into NE 41st Street.
  • Turn right into the UW Botanic Gardens/Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot.
  • Follow the parking lots until you reach the last lot on the east side of CUH.
  • You will see the Yesler Swamp sign. Now you can follow the wood chip trail into Yesler Swamp!

 

 

 

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