Work Party at the Yesler Swamp

Working on restoration.

Working on restoration.

The dedicated volunteers of the Yesler Swamp will start out the New Year with a work party on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The volunteers will remove invasive ivy and do native plantings.

The Yesler Swamp is an easily-accessible wetland with viewpoints out over Union Bay.  The Swamp was named for Henry Yesler, one of Seattle’s earliest entrepreneurs.  Yesler is well-known for setting up a sawmill at the Seattle waterfront in 1852 but he also had many and varied other business lines and he expanded out into other areas of Seattle.  In 1888 he set up a sawmill in what is now the Laurelhurst neighborhood.  The mill was at the present site of the Center for Urban Horticulture at 3501 NE 41st Street.

The first section of boardwalk at the Yesler Swamp was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September 2014.

The first section of boardwalk at the Yesler Swamp was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September 2014.

The work party of January 11th will be working on the eastern part of the Yesler Swamp Trail near the Beaver Lodge in mitigation zone U3.  To find the group, start at the corner of the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot, where there is a sign for the Yesler Swamp Trail.  Head down the trail, then keep left and follow signs for the Beaver Lodge.

For more about the environmental treasure of Yesler Swamp, see the Friends of Yesler Swamp history page.

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
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