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August Work Party Report

For the August work party, we did a number of miscellaneous tasks that all needed doing. It was nice to get them attended to. We had seven people, including three new folks we hope received a warm welcome.

The first item on the agenda was stacking burlap that had been delivered by the Parks Department. We got that taken care of promptly.

The Aircraft Carrier
Back row: Len, Judy, Kathy; front: Dan and Tad. Not pictured: Doug, who’d already left to go pull blackberry in the wetland.

That picture is looking across six knee-high stacks of burlap. There’s some attempt at forced perspective, I must admit. That should keep us for a good long time.

The second item of the day was watering. Generally, you try to avoid watering in restoration projects. Part of the idea of native plants, after all, is that they’ll live on the water the local climate provides them. But this year is short on rainfall, and we put some plants in places that are very dry. So we’ve been trying to water them with enough water to keep them alive until the rains start up again.

Planning the watering
The same crew again, planning the watering.

We got a LOT of watering done. Six of us were working on it, carrying buckets of water up from the stream. About 65 plants along both sides of the trail got a good shot of water.

Last but not least, some good old fashioned ivy removal. There were a couple short snags covered in ivy that were just the right amount of work to round out the day.

Ivy Eradication
The snag on the left of this picture had been so covered it looked like a little ivy bush. Now that it’s cleared off, it will provide food for some birds. And as usual with ivy pulling, the area that got cleaned up was a bit larger than the first estimate.

All in all, a pleasant little work party, relaxing and invigorating both.

EarthCorps will hold a work party in North Beach Park on Saturday, September 14th. The next Friends of North Beach Park work party will be two weeks later, Saturday, September 28. We hope you can join us at one (or both ;>) of these events. It’s great exercise and a great way to meet people.

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April Work Party Report

We had 14 volunteers Saturday morning, for a total of 27 volunteer hours. It was an excellent turnout and we had a great time. The first thing we did was finish mulching Knotweed Hill. We’re glad to get that done!

Mulch delivery
David, Loren, and David deliver mulch while Drexie pulls ivy.

This was the result of all that effort:
Fully Mulched Hill

Another crew built platforms for the ivy that EarthCorps cleared two weeks ago. I didn’t get pictures of them, unfortunately.

Second Task
We had enough time left over to do some ivy pulling at the base of the Headwaters Bowl slope. (Yes, this picture looks very similar to the picture of EarthCorps volunteers pulling ivy.)

And we got a lot of trash out of the park — quite a bit more than usual these days.
Half the Trash
That’s about half the trash — for some reason, I never took a final picture of the trash pile.

Our next work party is June 22nd, but we will be in the park a few times in May. And there is always Golden Gardens on May 11, and Carkeek STARS on May 18.

If we don’t see you then, we’ll see you in June at North Beach Park.

Flickr has a few more pictures of the work party.

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EarthCorps Work Party at North Beach Park

Last Saturday (April 13), EarthCorps joined Friends of North Beach Park for what was the first of four work parties that will happen in 2013. It was a great start to our third year of restoration.

EarthCorps brings in a crew, supplies, tools, and experience. Lots of groups looking to do community service go to their website, so their events usually have good turnout. We had about 50 volunteers, making this twice as big as the next-largest work party that North Beach Park has ever hosted.

The crew!
Here’s the crew (left to right): Jessa (Philippines), Masha (Russia), Alex, Ethan, and me (USA).

(Note: The time stamps on the photos are wrong — didn’t notice until looking at these I’d forgotten to change to PDT. Onward!)

The official start of the work party is 10 a.m., but for the EarthCorps crew it’s a lot earlier. Their day starts about 7, loading the trucks and vans at EarthCorps headquarters. (For an event in rural King County, they’d probably start even earlier.) They were on site at North Beach Park and had done a good bit of unloading by the time I showed up at 8:45.

Pitchforks and Wheelbarrows
The plan for the morning was that one group would transport mulch down into the park, staging it for a bucket brigade in the afternoon. The other crew would do some planting on the slope we would be mulching. Then crews would switch, and transport crew would do some invasive removal and the planting crew would do transport.

Here are the EarthCorps folks inspecting a possible worksite that turned out to be relatively invasive free. Also, as you can see, it would have been crowded working in there. We found another spot.

People started arriving a little before 10, so we were able to get going pretty promptly.

Explaining the Day
Masha explaining the plans for the day.

The Group
The attentive group. It was cold in the morning, but soon enough everyone warmed up.

Planting Demonstration
Jessa gives a planting demonstration. The planting crew planted quite a lot: sword fern and red flowering currant on the hill, sitka spruce and oregon ash in the wetlands.

Cleaning the mulch area
Ethan leads a group cleaning up the mulch staging site.

The mulch starts arriving
And here comes the mulch! Some of it came by bucket, some by wheelbarrow. It was about 450 feet down the trail. Getting it down there was easy, the walk back up the trail was the hard part.

Task switch
Once all the planting was done, the planting and mulch transport crews switched tasks.

Some trash
Here’s a sign of success: All those people all over the park, and only a small bucket of trash came out. And one tire. As an example, everything to the right of the blue tarps is a trash pile from two work parties a year ago. That’s what we used to find every time we worked in the park.

Invasive Removal Crew
Invasive removal crew, at the base of the slope in the Headwaters Bowl. Note: The man in the t-shirt is probably working harder than the people in hoodies and jackets. But we’re not here to judge.

Setting up the bucket brigade
In the afternoon, EVERYONE participated in the bucket brigade. This is exactly what I wanted a large work party for: the slope needed to be mulched, and the best way to do it was with a bucket brigade.

The end of the line
This picture is taken from very near the start of the bucket brigade. The people in the background are at the end, about 200 feet further down the trail.

Sending the mulch up the hill
The slope has been covered in two layers of burlap, and now receives a finishing touch of 6-12″ of wood chip mulch. This will help suppress ivy resurgence and prevent soil erosion.

The day is done!
High fives at the end of the day!

What it looked like
Here’s what the mulched area looks like. Nice! There are about ten trees and several shrubs in there.

I want to thank EarthCorps and everyone who attended the work party for all the great work done. It was truly a pleasure.

Friends of North Beach Park will have our regular 4th Saturday work party on April 27. The next EarthCorps event will be in June or July, but don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of fore-warning.

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March Work Party Report

Saturday morning was pretty cold when we started out, about 36F. But once we got going, the work kept us warm.

There were seven volunteers, split into two groups: Doug, Tad, and Jorge worked on removing holly and Drexie, Bill, Morry, and Luke worked on building an ivy platform at the bottom of Knotweed Hill.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the first work group, but they cleared quite a large area.

I do have a couple pictures of the ivy platform building:

Drexie, Bill, Morry
Here are Drexie, Bill, and Morry (left to right) in the early stages of working on the platform.

Behind the Ivy Platform
Much later — you can see how tall the platform has gotten. There is some trick of perspective here, as I’m on a steep slope above the platform, and Drexie (L) and Bill (R) are slightly below it. On the other hand, we’re not that far apart and they’re standing up.

Ivy Platform
A final shot of the platform. The platform is under the right-hand branch of the “Y” tree shadow coming up from the bottom center of the photo. It’s at least 5′ tall on the uphill side, taller on the downhill side.

This isn’t very clear, but I just noticed that the Natural Area Crew last month put their initials on one of the stumps from the alders they cut up.

The next official work party will be Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon. We’ll meet at the main entrance to the park at 90th St. and 24th Ave. NW. Hope to see you there! It’s great work for a spring morning.

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