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Thanks to UW Volunteers for Heavy Lifting

May 16, 2016 by · Comments Off on Thanks to UW Volunteers for Heavy Lifting
Filed under: Maintenance, Work Party 

Last Tuesday we hosted 6 energetic UW students who helped us break down the huge piles of wood and composting vegetation near the 39th Ave dead end. This was hard work and some heavy lifting. Good thing it was a nice day and a positive group of volunteers.
The standard best management practice for forest stewards is to let these piles break down on their own. Here’s some reasons why we went to the trouble of reducing them:
– the piles are very near the 39th street dead end, so they’re almost in the front yard of an adjacent house
– the piles encourage people to throw trash
– the piles are magnets for woody debris, so the piles keep growing,
– the piles don’t degrade naturally like the other piles we build in the interior of Madrona Woods.

Summer comes, Grants finished!

June 19, 2013 by · Comments Off on Summer comes, Grants finished!
Filed under: News, Projects, Work Party 

Oceanspray and mock orange in Madrona Woods

Warm days and the flowers in the picture tell us that summer is here. During this season, the song tells us,  “living is easy.” We hope so, since we have finished our grants for our SE Madrona Woods restoration project. We are now in maintenance mode: watering and weeding around new plants, spreading mulch, and trimming around trails. In fact, the whole 11 acres of Madrona Woods is in maintenance mode. Some spots need more attention than others, but in general work parties can adopt a more relaxed, contemplative attitude. We meet the 4th Saturday of every month. Details here.


Fall Starts Well

November 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on Fall Starts Well
Filed under: Projects, Work Party 

We’ve planted nearly 1,000 trees and shrubs so far this season. Only 2,000 or so to go! Green Seattle Day on Nov 3 was a great kickoff to the fall planting season. The next Saturday an excellent Seattle Works group came, ate lunch, and planted 350 trees and shrubs. Many thanks to all volunteers and to our partners at Friends of Cedar River Watershed.

Help From Attendees of Climate Change Conference

July 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Help From Attendees of Climate Change Conference
Filed under: Work Party 

The UW is currently holding its fourth International Conference on Climate Change. Thanks to Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, 15 people at the conference volunteered to work in Madrona Woods. Blessed by beautiful sunny weather and inspired by the sight of two eagles perched atop a douglas fir in the morning, we had a very pleasant day.

See all the pictures here

Great Work Party With Deloitte

June 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Great Work Party With Deloitte
Filed under: Work Party 

A big thank you to the helpful folks from several local offices of Deloitte. They did a huge amount of volunteer work for us last Friday. Their tasks included clearing ivy, hauling wood for composting platforms, and digging out large holly trees. It was a very successful day and puts us well on our way toward our goal of restoring the final 1.5 acres in Madrona Woods.

Seattle Works vs. Blackberries: No Contest

April 16, 2012 by · Comments Off on Seattle Works vs. Blackberries: No Contest
Filed under: Work Party 

On a beautiful Saturday 11 energetic volunteers from Seattle Works helped us clear 2,000 sq ft of HUGE blackberry bushes near the car. We hauled mulch up the steps to cover a couple of hundred sq ft as well. Thank you very much – you were a great group!

Anatomy of a Work Party

March 11, 2012 by · Comments Off on Anatomy of a Work Party
Filed under: Work Party 

Most Madrona residents haven’t YET enjoyed a work party in Madrona Woods. Here’s a sketch of what goes into making a work party happen and what to expect WHEN you join in the fun.

When you arrive at the tool box near the Spring Street entrance at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month, you’ll find clean gloves (washed by elves?) and tools appropriate for the day’s work laid out. Some of these have been taken out of that toolbox, and others have been brought from other tool boxes or people’s homes. Deirdre McCrary and Peter Mason have recently been responsible for gathering everything as well as for selecting and setting up work sites. The latter usually involves building platforms out of scavenged branches on which to stack removed invasives, which otherwise might root if placed on the earth. It is current Parks Department policy to mulch what is removed on site.
Sometimes there will be hot coffee for participants, especially if an outside group will be adding its muscle. It has to be brought that morning from Starbucks. There may also be hand-baked goodies brought by Deirdre or our other refreshments provider Tom Kushner. If mulching is involved in the day’s projects, Deirdre or Peter will have arranged with the Parks Department to deliver wood chip mulch at a designated spot and will have lined up lots of buckets and wheelbarrows.

Most often this winter and spring, the work sites will be in the southeast corner of the Woods, the last area slated for restoration. Likely tasks will include pulling out ivy and small holly and laurel trees by the roots, digging up larger holly and laurel and entrenched blackberry plants, and mulching with cardboard (collected ahead of time from a cooperative BMW dealer) and wood chips. There will likely be some planting in March. At our last work party we removed and piled invasives on platforms under lovely old cedars and were delighted to uncover a few native survivors like Oregon grape, salal, and sword ferns. We talked and laughed and used muscles we knew would complain the next day, though virtuous pain is somehow easier to take than other kinds. Less vigorous tasks are always available. The scenery and the company really can’t be beat.

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    The Friends of Madrona Woods strive to restore the Woods to a healthy, natural state by removing non-native invasive plants and revegetating with diverse native plants and to make the Woods safe and accessible through an environmentally friendly trail system.