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Welcome to Madrona Woods

May 3, 2011 by · Comments Off on Welcome to Madrona Woods
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Since 1998, Friends of Madrona Woods has teamed up with the Green Seattle Partnership to turn this nine-acre urban forest into a welcoming place for people and wildlife and to encourage its return to a more natural and sustainable state. This has involved clearing invasive ivy, holly, laurel, clematis and blackberry and revegetating with native trees, shrubs, and ground covers. We have also reworked the trails system, and daylighted two streams. In the process of stream daylighting, FOMW added the Madrona Ravine west of 38th Avenue and a new natural area and cove in Madrona Park to its stewardship, bringing our total acreage to over 10.5.

Earth Day in Madrona Woods, with Alpha Phi Omega

April 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on Earth Day in Madrona Woods, with Alpha Phi Omega
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Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. This very positive helpful group of young people sought us out, and convinced us that they could help us on Earth Day, (4/22/17). They were right!!

They helped in many ways

  • move wood to block illegal trails built by one vandal
  • manage their own group
  • ask why the heck we’re doing this
  • deal with the “lone vandal” in person (with big smiles, all of us, especially me, I promise)
  • play music, have fun, crack jokes, etc.

Many thanks to a very helpful and positive group!

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New Map of Legal and Illegal Trails

March 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on New Map of Legal and Illegal Trails
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Judith has drawn a new map of the legal (in green) and illegal (in red) trails in Madrona Woods. She missed a few illegal trails, but this is a very good start in any case. At some point there may be more red than green. In fact, there is no reason in principle why the vandal couldn’t cover all of the level space in red, so to speak. He appears to have lots of time and energy!

Madrona Woods Downsizing

January 26, 2017 by · Comments Off on Madrona Woods Downsizing
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It’s time for us to reduce our efforts in Madrona Woods. This year we will only have work parties in the odd months. That is Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov if you’re keeping score at home. We will also get rid of some extraneous tool boxes, tools, and gloves.

Our next work party is Sat Jan 28. Signup and details are here. Mostly we will try to measure the length of the illegal trails, and compare it with that of the legal trails. The vandal has been busy and unless he is stopped he will eventually turn most every level spot in the woods into a trail. If you have suggestions on how to stop him, please come to the work party.

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A Long Task List, Soon to Get Longer

September 6, 2016 by · Comments Off on A Long Task List, Soon to Get Longer
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We’re in “maintenance mode” in Madrona Woods. In theory, this is a leisurely, self-congratulatory pursuit, where we keep track of the success of our past restoration work. In practice it is nothing of the kind. This new, wonderful, up-to-date task list summarizes trouble spots that need extra work, plus ongoing maintenance needs. If someone, somewhere, actually reads this and wants more information, please contact Peter Mason 206-388-6490.

Great Day in Late May

May 28, 2016 by · Comments Off on Great Day in Late May
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Our regular “4th Saturday” work party went well today. It wasn’t too hot. It didn’t rain. We cleared vegetation away from the trails and from 38th Ave. We piled said vegetation to try to block our local trail builder. We spread burlap and mulched next to 38th Ave. Everyone helped. Thanks to all.

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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
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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.
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Planting Trees Required Pulling the Archangel

March 1, 2016 by · Comments Off on Planting Trees Required Pulling the Archangel
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On Saturday, Feb 27, we pulled nasty invasive yellow achangel.

We planted over 100 conifers thanks to Evergreen Carbon Capture at Forterra.

And we were only three volunteers! Imagine what we could have done with more people!!

2015 Volunteer Hours Report

February 1, 2016 by · Comments Off on 2015 Volunteer Hours Report
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I had nothing to do on a rainy afternoon so I wrote some code to massage the massive spreadsheets produced by the Green Seattle Partnership’s Cedar system, where all our volunteer hours and work logs are supposedly entered. I had been suggesting all kinds of fixes to Cedar, and sounding like a real complainer. So why not actually prototype something as a suggestion? The picture below is a screen-shot from the resulting pdf file. The system I set up can produce this summary for any of the hundred (or so) parks and natural areas that the GSP manages.

 

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Cool GIS Map of our Park

January 23, 2016 by · Comments Off on Cool GIS Map of our Park
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The Green Seattle Partnership has worked to track restoration all over Seattle. This is encapsulated in an online map, where you can search for a park (like Madrona Park, or Lakeridge Park), or just zoom and browse. You can click on ecological regions within a park, and find all kinds of data like acreage, phase (restoration progrees), target forest type (plant ecosystem), and steepness of slope. Believe me, the steepness matters. Click here for the city-wide map. A version of the map of Madrona Woods is below.

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Woods Workout with a Difference

December 23, 2015 by · Comments Off on Woods Workout with a Difference
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Are you (like me) looking to burn off holiday pounds? Tired of the same old boring inside jazzercise, zumba, yoga, rumba, et cetera exercise? Does that person bossing you around while you exercise bother you?? We promise you a free range, full body, self-directed exercise experience.

For a limited time only, try the patented “Madrona Woods dig out holly stumps on slippery steep slopes” workout. This unique cross training solution features: digging, sawing, lopping, chopping, prying, pulling, and, if you’re like me, swearing. The small stumps in the picture took about 2 person-hours to remove from the steep clay slope. Want to join up? We are looking for a few good people. Check out our friendly work party events here. And if you only click, please like our facebook page here. This is a limited offer because at some point we are going to dig out all of these blasted stumps, and put ourselves out of business. I fervently hope!

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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.