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Today in the forest: 

 Two robins, either mating or fighting, but I can’t tell which.  They kept chasing each other around, fluttering into each other.  Then stopping to rest and before starting again.… read more

Forest Work

Working in the forest is so gratifying, it’s almost funny that we call them “work parties.”  We had a big crowd this weekend and split into groups across the 10 acre Mountainview section of the forest, to plant, mulch, and clear more invasive weeds.  All summer long we’ll clear ivy and blackberry out of the … read more

Spring is in the air, and on the ground

Bumble bee exploring a new burst of Trillium in Cheasty Woods. March, 2017.

The birds of Cheasty have been busy announcing the arrival of spring, and the plants on the ground are just as eager to show their enthusiasm.

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Kids in the woods

Hands down, the best part of this work is being able to help the next generation of stewards make connections to their local woods.

Recently mowed blackberry field. March, 2017.

On hearing our destination last week, one young (returning) member exclaimed to his less experienced companions “that place is so awesome!  It has so many … read more

Life Span in a Forest

A neatly tied bundle of ivy root.

Cheasty Woods is a spirited place, and some of my favorite spirits here now are with the youth group from Interagency Academy that are exercising some of their gardening expertise to help bring balance and health to the ecosystem of this forest.

Ivy shoot emerging from buried wood.

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Marching forth.

Indian Plum emerges to gobble up that early spring sunshine.

Being in the forest for our March Fourth work party was a treat for the senses!  We had a large group of volunteers ready to put some stupendous sweat equity into this neighborhood forest.  They planted tender young plants and tucked them in with a … read more

Survival Rings

January 2017, A perfect (frozen) day to cut survival rings.

The world was frozen during our regular January work party in Cheasty- Mountainview, so we couldn’t plant new plants and it seemed silly to fight the frozen soil to dig out weeds.  But it proved a perfect opportunity to cut the last of the survival … read more

Garden Club

We’re usually having too much fun playing (I mean, working) in the forest to take many pictures, but here are some of our recent Garden Club participants getting to know the Cheasty woods.

Garden Club hideout

Discovery in the forest

It never fails to give me a thrill when someone comes running up with an … read more

Snow in the forest

We rarely see snow at Cheasty, but this year we’ve seen quite a bit.

Snowing at Cheasty

The plants don’t seem to mind.

A rare snow in the forest

A rare snowfall in Cheasty

But the supply of snowberries is getting low.

Early 2017, the last of the snowberries.

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Weeds love hot and dry

Wall Lettuce

Wall Lettuce

Herb Robert, buttercup, nipplewort, wall lettuce, catchweed .

With the recent rains, all these annual seeding weeds pull up pretty easily in our local greenspace, but all this hot dry weather is turning them to seed pretty fast this year.

Catchweed

Catchweed

Now is a great time for neighbors 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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