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Sun and Snow

The early winter weather this year remind us of the miracles in our midst.

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There’s a lot going on in these woods!

Diversity is something we talk about a lot in south Seattle, and a healthy forest is built on a foundation of rich diversity.  Our local woods nurture plants that grow from seeds and spores and rhizomes and vines.  Plants are spread across the landscape by human hands, animal poop, squirrel manipulation, insect transport, wind, rain, … read more

Fungus Among Us

The diversity of life present in the Cheasty Woods is one of the miracles of modern life!  This week, one of our young naturalists found this lovely buttercup yellow slime mold clinging to a dead branch.

The more we looked, the more different kinds of fungus we found.

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Wet Work

With the rains starting in earnest, we’re looking forward to more wet work parties like that of last Saturday.  The crew was small and mighty– fine-tuning some previously weeded areas, finding an assortment of treasures, building and filling two new compost piles, and pulling out blackberry bushes the size of Giant Pacific Octopuses.

There’s something … read more

Where the wind blows

If you’re outside tonight you’ve probably noticed that the winds are going at more than 20mph.  I can hear them now banging against my wall.  In Cheasty, where the majority of our canopy is composed of aging Bigleaf Maples, trees are assuredly coming down in these gusts, and tomorrow we will find new snags and … read more

Getting ready for winter

The winter sun shines through the trees letting the forest community know it’s time to time to start wrapping it up for the season.

The snowberry is already preparing winter treats for the local wildlife population.

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Galling Elegance

Mossy rose gall is the result of two living organisms influencing each other.  A small gall wasp lays eggs where the plant would normally grow a leaf or bud.  A chemical reaction between the plant and the feeding residue of the larval wasps causes the normal leaf tissue to form the gall instead, which closes … read more

Falling in the forest

After a record wet winter, followed by a record dry summer, one can almost feel the forest shudder with delight at the recent cool rains in Cheasty.

The Indian Plum, one of the first to reach for the spring sun, is also one of the first to yellow and start dropping those same eager leaves.  … read more

It’s not all work at a work party

If all we did at a work party was work it wouldn’t be much of a party, would it?  The time volunteers spend working in Cheasty Woods provides a lot of benefits in addition to the sweat equity of restoring the forest.

 

 Volunteers of all ages have opportunities to observe local wildlife, explore the … read more

Community Service

In the Cheasty Woods, invasive weeds have so long plagued the forest that significant human intervention is an important part of restoring a healthy ecosystem.  Cheasty Woods have been a site of community service contributions from Boy Scouts, like these, as well as myriad other groups, organizations, and businesses in addition to hundreds of hours … read more