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Snowberry, still on the bush, March 21, 2018

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March 21st in the Forest

Indian Plum, March 21, 2018

Buds are opening all over the forest!  Indian Plum is blooming and fiddleheads are curled up ready to unfurl their new growth.

March 21, 2018

At this week’s work party volunteers roamed through the southern margin of the big main section of forest, retiring and rehabilitating old compost boats and … read more

February 17, 2018

South Seattle is full of love for healthy forests!  This month we had a large crew of local volunteers who planted, mulched, and tagged about 85 plants, adding vigor and vitality to the forest on this Valentine weekend.

The day was windy, and gave us a healthy reminder about the urgency we face in restoring … read more

Marching through Mountain View

Ivy scavenger hunt in Snowberry Valley.

A large crew of volunteers came out for the first Saturday in March to help improve the health of our local forest.  We split up to finish some planting, some mulching, and some sweeping through the Snowberry Valley for remnant ivy and blackberry vines that are beginning to peek … read more

January is a month for new beginnings

Winter is the time for planting in Pacific Northwest forestry work, and this January we planted in many far-reaching corners of the greenspace.

Growing the future


It can be wet and messy work, but we enjoy it!

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Forest Rising

It’s neat to see how much life there still is in the forest in the deepest days of winter.  These shots from January show that the baby conifers don’t seem to mind at all.

Forest rising, January 2018

The Oregon Grape still has some fruit for the local wildlife.

Oregon grapes, still on the bush

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Red on Red

These small mushrooms seemed to sprout all at once on the old grandmother stump near a bend in the Hazelnut Loop Trail.    This old stump was an aged giant when Seattle was first logged by European settlers over a century ago, but she still stands as a sentinel, reminding us of the vibrant forests that … read more

New Life

In Cheasty Greenspace, and other urban forests around Seattle, the rainy season is the time when volunteers can make big differences in the life of our forests by planting new trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will grow into the forests of the future.

We do this with the help and expertise of Green Seattle Partnership, … read more

Delicate Endurance

Regular readers of this blog know that I never cease to be amazed at the variety of fungus found in our local greenspace!

Some of these mushrooms are tiny, but full of intricate detail.

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On life

Like any healthy forest, Cheasty Greenspace is home to many forms of life.  This time of year seems to be a particularly good time for spiders.

It was quite a treat to watch this large earthworm negotiate the obstacle course of her forest home during a work party this month.  First, she stood up tall … read more