Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Finanical Help Still Needed For Yesler Swamp Trail And Upcoming MLK Day Work Party

Here is the latest from Friends of Yesler Swamp:

Yesler Swamp Trail Coming Soon!

Thanks to an award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, construction of the Yesler Swamp Trail is expected to begin soon! The $64,000 award plus the community $16,000 cash match will go toward preliminary engineering, environmental mitigation, and construction of Phase 1 of the trail. 
The community has already contributed more than $11,000 towards the match. You can help by clicking here. Your tax-deductible contribution to the UW Foundation – Yesler Swamp will help reach the $16,000 goal for Phase 1. 
The Matching Fund also funded the professional trail design by SBA Landscape Architects and much of the expense of the environmental permits. The environmental permitting process is now complete, and we have the permits in hand!  A request for proposal for preliminary engineering services will be out soon.  
This work involves surveying to mark the center of the designed trail, a geotechnical study to test the soils, and prepare construction level drawings for Phase 1. 
Meanwhile, environmental mitigation is taking place along and along with this year’s senior UW Capstone student group we are starting the required mitigation as a response to the impact our permanent Yesler Swamp Trail will have on the Swamp.  
As you may know for every 1 portion of wetland we disturb, we have to restore 8 times the wetland area. Our permits require mitigation in several zones, which involves pulling invasives (blackberry, English ivy, and reed canary grass) and planting native species.

The community is invited to help on Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day for the upcoming environmental mitigation work party from10-1pm to work in wetland sectors W1 and W6 below 41st Avenue NE and Surber.

(photo courtesy of FOYS)

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