Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yesler Swamp Work Party Saturday And Construction Ready To Start On The Trail Using Grant From Department Of Neighborhoods

Join the Friends of Yesler Swamp for a work party on Saturday from 10-noon. Neighbors can help in supporting "the hard work put forth by the UW students in fighting invasive plants," the information says.
Volunteers will start near the entrance of the Yesler Swamp trail at the eastern edge of the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) parking lot and work on the area restored by the 2011-12 Capstone students by pulling out the blackberry that have grown through the mulch from the roots that were overlooked during the restoration.
The 2012-13 Capstone group will also be helping as well as "learning about the level of dedication of the neighborhood and how to plan for stewardship when they finish their wetland restoration this spring. If number of hands allow we will also attack an area of failed 2005 restoration, and 2010-11 re-restoration nearer Surber and 41st Street,"  the website says.

In other news, construction is finally ready to begin on the Yesler Swamp Trail,which was made possible by a $64,000 award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund.

The information says:
The design team at SBA Landscape Architects has completed a plan and all the environmental permits are ready to go. The design shows an all-weather wheelchair accessible trail through the Swamp. The first phase will be a boardwalk built over the lagoon for viewing wildlife.  
Phase 1 will be a boardwalk segment over the lagoon. Visitors will be able to watch eagles fishing, see a pair of Great Blue Herons, and — with any luck — catch a glimpse of beavers swimming in the waters. All this — AND visitors will be able to keep their feet dry, year-around! 
Fund raising will begin soon to raise the $16,000 matching money for the Department of Neighborhood award. 
You can see the plans, permits and other details at the Yesler Swamp Trail website.

(photo courtesy of YST website) 

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