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The Washington Conservation Corp has been working in three phases from April 2014 till this last Thursday April 23rd, 2015 on boardwalk construction of the ADA compliant boardwalk of Yesler Swamp. This last phase allows viewing of the beaver lodge IMG_2472 from the safe confines of this trail looking out over the lagoon IMG_2470where kayaks and canoes can still travel between the boardwalk and the beaver lodge in high water and

IMG_2471ducks and fish can swim under the boardwalk in high water and we can look back at the

Water + Trees = Swamp!

Now we need to raise more money to get the Washington Conservation Corp to return to build an ADA accessible gravel based entrance and more grant money to build the remainder of the boardwalk loop so wheelchairs, walkers, leashed pets and kids will never have to turn around.

 

Friends of Yesler Swamp and UW Botanical Gardens asked Lisa Ciecko from the Seattle Parks department to mow the banks on the corner of NE 41st St and Surber Ave. It happens that that land is owned by Seattle Parks. There is a lot of native plant restoration and ADA trail building in the swamp that the neighbors cannot see due to the invasive Himalayan blackberry on the slopes. So now the blackberry is mowed. Our restoration biologists did not want any invasive plants reseeding all of our restoration work. You will have to invade Talaris or another site if you have a craving for invasive blackberry fruit this summer. 

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We found a shopping cart among the blackberries and filled it with other items hidden on the slopes.

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David Zuckerman from the Botanical Gardens also saw rats scurrying into the swamp as the mower approached.

The mower, John, from Seattle Parks was very careful not to damage any native trees or native plantings placed by UW Capstone groups over the years or as recently as last weekend.

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We will be meeting next week to discuss how to keep the blackberry under control and what to replant.

 

We, Friends of Yesler Swamp, are getting closer this spring to seeing our dream come true. The workers from the Washington Conservation Corps have been closing the long awaited loop of the new boardwalk that will link the permanent west trail boardwalk and the temporary wood chipped east trail. On this portion of the boardwalk, you will gain a close-up view of the beaver lodge and the 350 new ground cover plants installed in the cove. This area will be “over high water” after April 15th as the lake rises to supply water for the Crittenden locks this spring, summer and fall.

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The boardwalk in this area had to be modified by pounding vertical pilings 30 to 50 feet into the ground!

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The stringers are cedar rather than treated wood so that the fish would not be exposed to any trace amounts of copper.

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We have laid cedar planking over 2/3rd of this area.

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The last third of the walkway in this area will be covered by open metal grating so the fish get enough light and the pedestrians gain enough traction.

This portion will be finished soon but we need donations from the community to complete it.

We are seeking additional grants to fund the completion of the east trail to make the whole system ADA compliant.

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had happy holidays with family and friends. Our team is excited to start the new year with a work party a week from today on Sunday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pmMaybe some of your new year’s resolutions involved goals to do more restoration work… :)
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 me a call at
360-773-5228 when you arrive at the Center for Urban Horticulture and I will

 come meet you.

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

We would love to see you :)
Best,
Carolyn
The Yesler Swamp Team

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

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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.

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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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