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December 4 Work Party at Green Lake – Pulling Out Those Blackberries, Roots and All

Friends of Green Lake is sponsoring volunteer work parties the first Saturday morning of each month, from 9:00 to noon, in partnership with Seattle City Parks.

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, eighteen energetic volunteers cut down chest-high blackberry bushes along the Green Lake shoreline, a couple of blocks east of the Rowing Center, near the Pitch and Put Golf Course. After cutting the blackberries down to the ground, and hauling the vegetation to the Parks Department truck, the hard-working volunteers hacked and dug out the roots to reduce re-growth.

Work parties in the spring will plant the area with native plants to keep people and dogs away from the nesting areas of waterfowl such as pied-billed grebes. The grebes build fragile floating nests in the near-shore areas of the lake.

We greatly appreciate all the hard work our many volunteers have donated to improve Green Lake’s shoreline habitat. Photos courtesy of Karen Schurr and Kevin Lince.

No work parties January or February – we’ll have another chance to dig in March 2011.

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