Success! Day of Caring Workparty

Over 30 eager volunteers from Moss-Adams  and Nordstrom worked hard at Licorice Fern on  September 21, improving our Natural Area. They participated in United Way’s “Day of Caring”, and they did care.
First we walked the trails to orient everyone to our creek and woods.  Then the work began.

One team spent hours clearing wetland invasives to make way for new plants later this fall.  The weather was perfect for work in the cool creekside woods. After clearing the invasive reed canary grass they spread cardboard and wood chips to prevent the reed canary grass from regrowing. In that area will go wetland loving plants like black twinberry, sedges, and skunk cabbage.

A second team attacked a new less-wet area that was choked with ivy.  The pulling and piling exposed the native salmonberry and indian plum that will now flourish with less competition.  Also cleared was a giant cedar stump that now shows its native red huckleberry shrubs growing out of the top.
Other teams moved compost heaps, installed a new 1100-gallon cistern for summer watering of new plants, and hauled wood chips down to the wetland clearings.

Then the delivery of delicious lunches arrived, making for a welcome break at midday. Then more work completed in the afternoon, a job well done.
Our small neighborhood crew was grateful for the energetic help of the visiting volunteers.  We hope they will be back next September to admire the results of their work.


First Fall Workparty – Second and Fourth Saturdays

Please join us 10AM -12PM September 8 Saturday for our First Fall Workparty and Tour at Licorice Fern Natural Area in North Seattle.  Thornton Creek flows through this Natural Area which is near Jackson Park Golf Course.
We’ll gather to assign crews to projects — spreading wood chips, pulling out ivy, watering our little trees, strengthening a bridge, pulling weedy vines out of the creek. Or just walk the trails and see what we’ve done. Take a short or long break by the creek and chat with neighbors.  All ages welcome, bring the kids!
We will have some snacks and water out on the table. Wear your grubbies and sturdy shoes. We provide all tools, but you could bring your favorite gloves, pruners, shovel, etc.
1100 NE 130th Street (2 blocks off 15th Avenue NE)
The trail entrance is at the bottom of the hill on NE 130th Street, 1 block from the top-of-hill parking.
At the top of the hill on 12th Avenue NE or NE 130th Street.
There is no parking space down by the entrance.
Dass Adams, Chair, Friends of Licorice Fern Natural Area on Thornton Creek

Winter and Spring Progress at LFNA

Our Friends group is small but progressing on our goal of re-foresting these 8 acres.  With a number of small workparties in the rainy months we have cleared a lot of ivy and blackberry thorns, improved the paths so they are rarely muddy, and planted about 250 plants and trees.  Now as we move into nicer weather, we’re planning on more ambitious projects, moving out into new areas, tackling the control of the most rampant weeds, faithfully watering the new plants and trees, and drawing in more neighbors to enjoy our beautiful green paradise by Thornton Creek.

High water in Thornton Creek – photos

 A heavy rainstorm the night of December 11 made the creek wide and muddy:

December storm

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Photos from Thornton Creek Park #1 – South


Photos from southern parts of  Thornton Creek Park #1, October 2010.  Click on image to view album of 35 photos.

Gentle autumn flow of the north fork of Thornton Creek

Photos of Thornton Creek Park #1 – North

Photos from the northern parts of the Park, October 2010. Skunk Cabbage, creek, fall sun.

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Giant Cedar stumps

Photos of the Park