Fall News from Licorice Fern

Big news this Fall, Licorice Fern Natural Area is getting serious attention from city agencies.

Contract Restoration Started:
Just started this month is restoration of one acre of steep slopes, paid for by the Seattle Parks Department, and performed by the work crew of contractor Frank Maduzia.  The crew will be removing the invasive weeds, installing anti-erosion measures, and planting a wide variety of native plants.  These areas, on the south boundaries of the Natural Area, are steep enough so our volunteers have left them alone.  If you visit, you can see the first area they have worked on, down the slope from the big woodchip piles at the end of NE 130th Street.  The work is scheduled to complete by mid-November.

Grant Support Coming?
We are optimistic that we will be awarded a major grant from King Conservation District, that will support planting 500 conifer trees (cedars, Sitka spruce, and hemlock) throughout the Natural Area , and also support training of groups of students in restoration techniques.  This will be a major boost toward reaching our long-term goals as detailed in the Plan.

School Workparties:
This week is our first workparty and training session with our long-time partner school, University Prep. About 30 middle-school students will visit Licorice Fern for their first workparty and orientation.  Over the school year three other groups of UPrep students will have the opportunity to get outdoors, get their shoes muddy, and do some good work for our forest.

Public Workparties:
We are nearing planting season (November, December) and we will be posting neighborhood workparty announcements on the Green Seattle Partnership’s Volunteer Schedule  Come on out to meet neighbors and enjoy our local forest.

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