Squad braved the April showers to plant a variety of natives at the north end of Magnuson Park, not far from Lake Washington. Dedicated local forest stewards have worked this region of View Ridge for many years, most recently supported by the Green Seattle Partnership.
We also mulched and cleared a few weeds from around the young plants getting established. The overhanging native big leaf maple / Acer macrophyllum was in lovely full bloom.
We look forward to returning in the summer for Stewardship Squad's work/swim events! The lake will be very inviting after getting tired and grubby doing good work.
Squad worked with the Green Seattle Partnership in maintaing a wetland & buffer area at historic Magnuson Park. Our Forest Steward, Thomas, shared with us that his neighborhood stewardship group has been tending the park for 18ys. That was back when the City got serious about redeveloping the former naval base, their group advocated for environmental interests and backed up their opinions with time and labor. We now can all benefit from a wide trail network and revitalized native habitats, amid the military relics.
We have removed blackberry countless times, but this was our first pulling out noxious reed canary grass / Phalaris arundinacea from a wetland. We also enjoyed a large paper-wasp nest and of course swimming in the lake!