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.)

Thornton Creek Work Party Sunday

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe Thornton Creek Alliance is sponsoring a work party to help clean up the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek) on Sunday, November 17th starting at 11 AM.

Help restore Thornton Creek at Kingfisher Natural Area by planting trees and tree friends! They have cleared a lot of ground along the main trail on both sides of the creek, so it’s ready for ferns and understory. Please meet at the Job Box on the lower 17th Avenue Trail, accessible from the intersection of NE 104th Street and 17th Avenue NE, on the Victory Heights side of the park.

Come prepared for the weather. Please wear waterproof shoes, long pants and sleeves. A personal water bottle is suggested. Snacks provided.

More information at their site.

Kingfisher Work Party On Sept. 25

Lynnette Spear helps pull invasive ivy around Thornton Creek

Lynnette Spear helps pull invasive ivy around Thornton Creek

Green City Partnerships announces an “early dismissal” volunteer work party at the Kingfisher Natural Area (aka Thornton Creek at 17th Avenue NE) on Wednesday, September 25th from 1 PM to 3 PM.

We’re kicking off our Fall Service calendar with this fast, high-energy work party.

For two hours, we are going to bust some dragon piles (break them down to more discrete mulch piles and trail logs), battle bindweed, and pull ivy along the lower 17th Avenue trail from access road to rock-hop.

You’ll get a quick lesson in invasive removal and urban forestry safety, so be ready to work at 1pm. This will be your chance to wear your branch-breaking boots and collect some service hours.

Sign up to volunteer on their website. It’s a great chance to meet and interact with the folks who help keep Thorton Creek a special place in Victory Heights.

Join In On Neighborhood Cleanup May 25th

Ardith Lupton, President of the Victory Heights Community Council, is organizing a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 25th.  She has ordered supplies for one dozen volunteers to help clean up the neighborhood.  The kits include paint for graffiti removal, grabbers to pick up trash and trash bags along with vests.

Despite being over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, she says, “Hopefully there will be plenty of neighbors who will stay ‘in Town’ and want to participate.”

Unfortunately, it does not include improving the traffic circles and replanting flowers, etc., although residents could vote at Tuesday’s meeting about spending some money from the treasury to purchase flowers for select circles if someone wants to do some planting.

Ardith will be the point person and will meet volunteers in front of the Pre-school building in Victory Heights Park at 9 am on the 25th to get started.

Thornton Creek Kingfisher Work Parties Resume Sept 2

Rick invites you to the resumption (after a summer break) of biweekly (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month) Thornton Creek restoration work parties starting with this Sunday, September 2nd at 10 AM.

What to Bring

Hand tools, gloves, eye protection, water, dress for the weather, sturdy boots and long sleeves. Extra gloves and tools may be provided. **We currently do not have a need for power tools**

Where to Meet

Meet at the creek where it intersects with the 17th Ave NE trail

Where to Park

Street parking near trailhead located at intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St.
**17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East**

Date & Time

September 2, 2012 10am – 12pm

Kingfisher Work Party Sunday

Rick reminds us of the biweekly (1st and 3rd Sunday of each month) Thornton Creek restoration work party coming up on the 15th beginning at 10 AM:

Hello everyone,

We are meeting this Sunday, please join if you can, we need your help! Tell your friends.

Additionally there is a work party hosted by Ruth at the Beaver Pond Natural Area,  Tuesday the 17th. (East of Northgate library.)

See you all soon, and don’t forget to register at Green City Partnerships.

What to Bring

Hand tools, gloves, eye protection, water, dress for the weather, sturdy boots and long sleeves. Extra gloves and tools may be provided. **We currently do not have a need for power tools**

Where to Meet

Meet at the creek where it intersects with the 17th Ave NE trail

Where to Park

Street parking near trailhead located at intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St.
**17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East**

Date & Time

July 15, 2012 10am – 12pm

Thornton Creek Work Party Sunday

Rick reminds us:

We are meeting this 3rd Sunday of the month for our regular work party. Last time we worked for a couple hours, then went on a leisurely stroll through the park viewing other restoration sites, removing trash, and generally enjoying each others company. This time we’ll be able to check out all the work that the Washington Conservation Corps completed on Wednesday.
Please register via the link below, and feel free to forward this email to anyone.

I hope to see you soon, and friends are welcome!
Meet at the trailhead at the bottom of 17th Ave NE and the creek at 10 AM.  Street parking is located nearby at the intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St.
**17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East**

Reminder: Thornton Creek Cleanup Party This Sunday

Rick reminds us,

We are meeting this Sunday at 10AM. Join us as we do some climbing up and clearing around invasive trees. This is the last work party before the Washington Conservation Corps comes in for herbicide treatment in mid June. You can help do some of the prep work so we can get rid of inappropriate trees, and make room for long lived native conifer.

Sign up at the Green City Partnerships site.

What to Bring

Hand tools, gloves, eye protection, water, dress for the weather, sturdy boots and long sleeves. Extra gloves and tools may be provided. **We currently do not have a need for power tools**

Where to Meet

Meet at the creek where it intersects with the 17th Ave NE trail

Where to Park

Street parking near trail head located at intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St.
**17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East**

Thorton Creek Restoration Work Party This Sunday

Rick reports,

We are meeting this Sunday for some restoration work and possible re-vegetation in KingFisher Natural Area*. we are now meeting every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Please join if you can, and sign up on the CEDAR portal.   http://cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/gsp/1117/

See you soon

 

* Better known as the Thornton Creek green belt.

 

Meet at 10 AM at the trail head at 17th Ave NE and the Creek (only accessible by car from the north and east).

Kingfisher Clean Up

Lynnette Spear helps pull invasive ivy around Thornton Creek

On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, half a dozen or so Victory Heights residents hiked into the Kingfisher Natural Area (better known to most people as the Thornton Creek green belt) just south of 17th Ave NE to pull invasive species of plants. Future work parties are scheduled for May 20th starting at 10 AM. Come, get involved and see an unspoiled part of the city amidst the towering pines.