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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

Life, layered

We often teach about forest ecosystems by noting the different layers of a forest, from below the soil, to the soil surface and groundcover, shrub layer, middle layer, and upper canopy.  Each of these different niches is colonized by different species that are particularly well-adapted to their specific layers.

In this case a native fringecup, … read more

Not just ivy!

Here in the Cheasty Woods, invasive ivy and blackberry have made up a big portion of the challenge to plant diversity.  Volunteers work together throughout the year to hinder the dominating potential of these weeds while we nurture a more diverse range of resident species.

Alas, Seattle’s urban forests also struggle with many other invasive … read more

Microfauna

One way we have of judging the health of a forest is by assessing populations of large species, including many of the birds that call Cheasty Woods their home.  But these larger animals rely on a complex web of smaller life forms from insects, arachnids, and earthworms, down to protozoa, roundworms, and other microscopic soil … read more

Kids in the forest

Being in the forest with children is a special treat that brings youthfulness and joy to even the oldest heart.  They find excitement and pleasure in all the tangible objects around them, and explore the nuanced textures of their environment like scientists.

Their drive to make sense of the complex ecosystem is a testament to … read more

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    5 days ago

    Benjamin Grider

    Still noting the "Bike Park" designation in the name of this group. Is that still a developing reality or a pipe dream? ...

     

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    Still a developing reality!

    Benjamin: The last official update on this project was in May 2017 on the Seattle Parks website: www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/cheasty-mountain-bike/pedestrian-trail-pilot-project The project is still a developing reality at this time, but it has been slower than desired due to politics. Stay tuned to this page for news over the coming months.

    Aha. Thought I hadn't seen an update in a while. Worried it's 5-10 out still and with quickly growing kiddos on bikes was hoping they'd have an opportunity to play in the neighborhood - we're Beacon locals. But alas we will still slog up to Duthie or down to Swan Creek for the foreseeable future.

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    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main! Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then we'll go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, we've got the tools and gloves.

    Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
    Breakfast: 9am
    Party wraps up: 12pm
    All ages welcome, no experience necessary!

    PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns!

    PPS: This little gal is a Bewick's Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!
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    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main! Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then we'll go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, we've got the tools and gloves.

    Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
    Breakfast: 9am
    Party wraps up: 12pm

    PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns!

    PPS: This little gal is a Bewick's Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!
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    SATURDAY is our monthly work part at Cheasty Main!  Meet at Vista View Park at 9am for breakfast and Tin Umbrella coffee (or hot cocoa), and then well go after a section in the woods above Vista View Park. Wear your boots and work clothing, weve got the tools and gloves.

Meet: View Point Park: 28th Ave S & S Nevada St
Breakfast: 9am
Party wraps up: 12pm

PS: Saturday Nov 4 is Green Seattle Day and the Lantern Walk! Get set for a full day of tree planting at Cheasty and an evening walk with lanterns! 

PPS: This little gal is a Bewicks Wren, she flits around in the understory at Cheasty. Keep your eyes peeled for a sighting!

    3 weeks ago

    Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View

    As the days get shorter and nights grow longer, we walk together carrying lanterns to celebrat the bright spirit of our community!

    The annual Lantern Walk welcomes everyone to walk and sing and strengthen our community ties walking as one through Rainier Vista and the HazelNut Loop Trail in Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View. Music and luminarias and forest ushers will make this fun for all!

    Free lantern making workshop takes place before the walk from 4 to 6pm in Central Park [Lantern making workshops also take place on Nov 3 in Rainier Vista at 4:30pm, and Nov 4 at Eileen Fisher RENEW at 10:30am] Join us for hot cider and snacks and a bonfire after the walk!

    Lantern Walk 2017November 4, 2017, 6:00pmCentral Park at Rainier Vista, 29th Ave. S and S. Genesee St.As the days get shorter and nights grow longer, we walk together carrying lanterns to celebrat the bright spirit of our community!

    The annual Lantern Walk welcomes everyone to walk and sing and strengthen our community ties walking as one through Rainier Vista and the HazelNut Loop Trail in Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View. Music and luminarias and forest ushers will make this fun for all!

    Free lantern making workshop takes place before the walk from 4 to 6pm in Central Park [Lantern making workshops also take place on Nov 3 in Rainier Vista at 4:30pm, and Nov 4 at Eileen Fisher RENEW at 10:30am] Join us for hot cider and snacks and a bonfire after the walk!
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    Lantern Walk 2017
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