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Work Party Sunday!

We will be having a work party with Seattle Central Community College Phi Theta Kappa students at the Yesler Swamp this Sunday, November 16th, from 10 am to 2 pm.

All are welcome. Please come for any amount of time that works with your
schedule–every bit helps!

We will be working on the eastern part of the Yesler Swamp trail near the
Beaver Lodge in mitigation zone U3. To find us, head down the trail by the
Yesler Swamp sign at the eastern edge of the eastern parking lot at the
Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street). Then, keep left and
follow signs for the Beaver Lodge. You can also give Tyler Licata a call at
360-773-5228 when you arrive at the Center for Urban Horticulture and Tyler will come meet you.

We will be planting native species in addition to removing invasive plants. 

We would love to see you, rain or shine! May 2011 work party



IMG_1196Over 25 students from the UW and Edmonds Community College and Alpha Epislon Phi dug out ivy and planted native trees and shrubs in the southeast corner of Yesler Swamp on Sunday morning. Friends of Yesler Swamp and partner UW’s Yesler Swamp Project sponsored the event. Thanks to everyone helping to save Yesler Swamp. To join the next work party and get news about the restoration work, click here.


Help us celebrate completion of  the first phase of boardwalk construction through Yesler Swamp: September 21, 2-4 p.m., the Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st, Seattle. Free! The Cajun band Folichon will be playing! Food, beer and wine plus tours of the swamp!

The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) recently completed the first phase of the Yesler Swamp boardwalk.

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The boardwalk, made of cedar planks, begins on the west side of swamp area and extends out to the Yesler Swamp lagoon.

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It includes two overlooks so visitors can pause to enjoy the incredible surroundings.

First lagoon viewpoint

Getting this section of the boardwalk built is a major accomplishment!

Now, our fantastic Yesler Swamp volunteers are excavating the path in the drier portions of Yesler Swamp that eventually will be paved in gravel.AugustThirtyFirst (73)

Later this fall the WCC will return to build new sections of the boardwalk

Everyone is invited to help us celebrate our progress and tour the swamp during our event on September 212-4 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Faculty, staff and dignitaries will give brief (!) speeches. Donations to further our work gladly accepted. We’ll party, come rain or shine!

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 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!




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



 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.





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.






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!


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!


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