Upcoming Kingfisher Natural Area Work Parties

Photo courtesy Annie Fanning.

Photo courtesy Annie Fanning.

It’s that time of year again for volunteers to head down to Thornton Creek and help plant trees and clear out non-native plants. The Kingfisher Natural Area (KFNA) has had a terrific year thanks to the Maple Leaf-Victory Heights community and Green Seattle Partnership (GSP)! They’ve clocked over 200 volunteer hours during Fall 2013 and planted over 200 native plants and trees throughout the park with help from neighbors, local Boy Scouts, and Nathan Hale students.
Here are the dates and links to sign up:

Meet at the job box just inside the park on the Victory Heights side at NE 104th and 17th Ave NE. Dress in layers for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes — waterproof is always good. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Bring a personal water bottle if you have one. Snacks provided.

Volunteer hours are recorded and tracked providing GSP with community match for grants and our park with tools, plants, mulch, and other resources. (The more volunteer activity we post, the more resources our GSP-supported Natural Area receives.)

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One Response to Upcoming Kingfisher Natural Area Work Parties

  1. Annie Fanning says:

    Thanks, Ryan, for posting! We really want to connect with our Victory Heights neighbors to help restore this beloved area.
    Did you know that archeological evidence was found in our section of Thornton Creek that suggests that Kingfisher Natural Area was once hunting and gathering grounds for native peoples? Unfortunately the original old growth forest was logged years ago, and now we are faced with a dying canopy of elderly big leaf maples and aging-out alders.
    Planting trees is not a problem. Nursing young trees and tender understory plants until they are established is the issue. We need to build the community to not just plant a new canopy, but to love and cherish this 18-acres of wetland forest.
    Just one tree takes over 45 hours of volunteer time over a 3-year period to get successfully established: this time includes invasive removal, prepping the site for planting, planting, mulching, watering during dry spells, weeding, and maintenance mulching. Many hands make light work!
    If you love the forest, please come to one of our work parties–even if you are not interested in getting muddy!
    We have many volunteer tasks that can be done outside of the park (sharpening tools, washing work gloves, baking snacks, putting up fliers, community outreach, grant writing and administration–so many things you can do to join our forest-friend community share the love) and we’d love to meet our neighbors and get to know you!
    Hope to see you in Kingfisher Natural Area soon,
    Annie Fanning,
    GSP Volunteer Forest Steward at Kingfisher Natural Area

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