GREENWAYS & URBAN FORESTS — An open discussion

Natural Area Restoration, Volunteers, Crime & Personal Safety

Bring your ideas to an open discussion! Participate in brainstorming sessions with neighbors and community leaders. Hear from others working to create better neighborhoods by integrating community interests.

January 26th Thursday 7pm – 9pm
Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98125

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council Chair of Parks Committee
Terrie Johnston, SPD Community Liaison
Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Seattle Partnership Project Manager
Chris Saleeba, Seattle Greenways
Emily Lofstedt, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Blockwatch + Educators + Park Stewards + Parks Department + Tree Ambassador Program + Community Activists: Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, Shoreline,..
Anyone who wants to explore how we nurture our natural areas while enhancing our personal safety in and around them.


Agenda for Jan 26, 2012, General Meeting

Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98125

7 to 9 p.m.

7:00 1. Announcements

7:04 2. Agenda Review

7:05 3. Program: Greenways & Urban Forests – Natural Area Restoration, Volunteers, Crime and Personal Safety

City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle Parks’ Emily Lofstedt
Seattle Greenways Rep Chris Saleeba
SPD Community Liaison Terrie Johnston
Green Seattle Partnership’s Joanna Nelson de Flores

–Judy Olson, Program Vice President

8:40 4. Business meeting
Review minutes – Tom Cunningham
Membership report – Ruth Williams
Web Page update – Dan Mahler/Doug Bostrom
Facebook update – Brad Johnson
Treasurer’s report – Gary Olson
Other issues as time allows
8:55 5. A 9:55 5. Adjourn
9:00 6. Room is empty!

Beaver Pond Natural Area Opportunity Fund Grant Community Meetings & Other Upcoming Events

We have a few events to share with you today. Seattle Parks has set the two
dates for the Beaver Pond Natural Area Opportunity Fund grant community
meetings. (As you may know, Thornton Creek Alliance has obtained a $500K
grant for this natural area east of Northgate Mall.) These meetings will be
your opportunity learn all about the plans so far and share your vision for
the park and what you would like to see improved. Please come if you can.
The more ideas we have on the table the better our project will be, and the
more valuable the park will be to the community! For more information about
the grant you can click here
Beaver Pond Natural Area Naturalizing Northgate Project Information

1) Jan. 11, 1012 (Wed.); 7:00pm-9:00pm; Northgate Community Center
2) Mar. 14, 2012 (Wed.); 7:00pm-9:00pm; Northgate Community Center


Nathan Hale High School riparian restoration work party: December 10th,
Sat., 1:30pm – The task will be weeding out invasive weeds from among the
newly planted natives. The meeting place is the south parking lot of the
school, off of 30th Ave NE and 110th Ave, the parking lot by the tennis
courts and ball fields. Some tools will be available, but if you have your
own, please bring them. Also your water bottle. Please RSVP to Mary Sue
Walker ( if you can attend.

And please keep your gloves out for two work parties at Beaver Pond NA
Northgate Mall. We have plants to put in the ground!
December 11th, Sun., 10:00-1:00 – We’ll meet on the north side of the beaver
pond (8th Ave. NE & NE 106th St.)

January 8th, Sun., 10:00-1:00 – We’ll meet on the south side of the beaver
pond (8th Ave. NE & NE 105th St.)

As usual: tools, gloves, snacks, and hot beverages will be provided. Watch
for the Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers in breeding plumage! Please bring
your water bottle, dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Questions:
E-mail or phone 206-930-8965.

See you soon!

Ruth Williams

Low cost energy audits available to North Seattle residents

Neighbors can join to save energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint

North Seattle residents have the opportunity to participate in SustainableWorks, a Puget Sound based non-profit, that is offering reduced costs energy audits and retrofits. SustainableWorks is partnering with Seattle City Light, WSU Energy Management, and Puget Sound Energy to bring this energy saving opportunity to the community. The purpose of this program is to help homeowners and renters (with landlord approval) make home improvements that reduce their energy use and energy bills. Participants can save on items like furnaces, air sealing, insulation, and hot water heaters, and reduce their energy costs by 20-40%. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, please visit, or call the SustainableWorks office at 206-575-2252.
The process begins with a pre-audit to determine eligibility followed by a professional energy audit. Worth approximately $600, the cost of the audit to the homeowner is $95. An energy consultant then explains to the homeowner where they are losing energy and suggests the most cost effective energy saving improvements. Contractors managed by SustainableWorks then complete the energy saving measures chosen by the homeowner. SustainableWorks bundles projects within neighbors to maximize efficiency and reduce the project cost. SustainableWorks also has a loan program with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union that can help homeowners finance improvements at low to zero percent interest rates.

About SustainableWorks
SustainableWorks is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential and small commercial energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks has utilized a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit close to 400 homes in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the last 2 years.

Wetland Work Party

Here are just a few of the snapshots Harriet Sanderson took at the Work Party for restoration of the Wetland near NE 103 Street in the Kingfisher Natural Area on Thornton Creek, on Sunday, Nov 6 (2011)

Scroll over the bottom center of photograph to control the slide show.


Please take this survey aiming to measure conservation values

Hello, Victory Heights Neighbors,

Stephanie Zimsen here. I am taking a class at the Woodland Park Zoo on community conservation. I am posting here to ask your help with a class project, a survey aiming to measure conservation values. I will analyze your answers for a two-page term paper exploring conservation values.

The survey is intended for people in the Victory Heights neighborhood in Seattle. Further, it is intended for people with yard or garden space, whether they rent or own, or have a big yard or a single container of plants outside.

Your response will be completely anonymous, and I will not store any IP addresses. You are welcome to fill out more than one survey from each household, but please complete just one per person.

This is a very short-term project, so the survey will be open only to the end of Sunday, September 25, 2011.
I will make the results available to the neighborhood here at the Place of Towering Firs blog, around October 4.

The online survey is here:

It has 10 questions, and will most likely take you 5 to 10 minutes.

If you have questions or concerns, or would like a paper version to fill out, please contact me. My email address is .
Thank you for your help with this survey!

Upcoming Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting

Arthur Lee Jacobson – Renowned Seattle Plant Expert
Back by Popular Demand!!
Native Plants in our Watershed

Arthur Lee Jacobson gave a wonderful presentation on native trees at our March meeting. Come and learn what he has to say about plants and shrubs in our watershed. Copies of his books will be available for sale. You can read more about him at his web site (
Thursday, May 26th
Social Time: 6:45pm
Program: 7:00pm

Lake City Presbyterian Church – Rm B2 3841 NE 123rd St.

(Corner of 40th NE and NE 123rd. Park in back and enter through the basement door.)

More information:
Dan Mahler, VP

Meeting is free and open to the public. TCA business will follow the presentation.