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Art and Nature

IMG_1964This month has seen some of the final pieces settling into place in the Mountainview portion of the Cheasty woods, including the creation of a gateway staircase connecting these woods and the neighborhood above, with Columbia City and lightrail to the rest of Seattle.  Our April work party included a community event to paint decorative … read more

Trillium Spring

IMG_1902This week, the trillium are really starting to bloom along the Valley View Trail at Cheasty Mountainview.… read more

Wet Spring

IMG_1889Volunteers gathered at Cheasty Main for our regular 3rd Saturday work party and our last day of planting this spring.  By getting all our planting done in the spring time, we give our new baby plants a chance to get their roots settled into the ground before the warm dry summer sets in.

IMG_1887Today we … read more

Girl Scout Foresters

IMG_1912This weekend saw Team Lorax from Girl Scout Troop 43852 leading their own work party in the forest. IMG_1920 Team Lorax has been working with forest stewards at Cheasty and other urban woods to learn about the challenges and values offered by forest habitat right in our their neighborhood and how to take leadership in their … read more

Kids in the Woods


The Garden Club at Kimball Elementary School came out this week to get a feel for the forest.  Many were astonished (and delighted) to learn they could walk to the woods from school, and to discover new and exotic lifeforms like slugs and earthworms.  … read more

Spring in the forest

IMG_1855The Trillium are coming out in full bloom this spring!… read more

Seattle Eagles

At the end of our work party on March 5, putting some finishing touches on the new Valley View Trail, a Bald Eagle was seen circling over the southern tip of Cheasty Greenspace.  It felt like an opening ceremony of our new forested trail!… read more

Root (Cause) Analysis

IMG_1017This last Saturday, I worked with other volunteers to remove parts of this English Holly in Cheasty Greenspace.  Holly and Laurel are two woody invasive plants that have been spreading throughout the forest for decades.  Both trees came in with gardeners and have spread through birds eating their fruits and dropping the seeds all over … read more

UPDATE — Seattle Park Board VOTED — APPROVED!

APPROVED!  The Seattle Parks Board of Commissioners has approved the Cheasty Trails and Bike Park pilot project!  Next steps are to go to City Council for review and approval in August (mark your calendars for August 4 and August 10).

Motion: Commissioner Lowe moves to recommend the project moves forward to keep momentum. Marty seconds.

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Carnivores in the forest


This partial jawbone was found in Cheasty Mountainview at a work party in April.

Send your ideas about what it could be to… read more

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