Place of Towering Firs Joins NEW Victory Heights Blog

There is a new blog for Victory Heights and the Towering Firs site is joining with this blog (you will find us archived there).
We decided it makes the most sense to consolidate and have one blog. This new community blog is managed by Ryan, a resident of Victory Heights. Send submissions to The new site will be much more active so please visit and follow!

Follow this link to:
Victory Heights Blog

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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!

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Timely and Interesting Report on Woodsmoke

Woodsmoke is the prime culprit driving spikes in sooty, toxic air that is leaving Seattle and Tacoma residents gasping for breath. The health costs associated with burning wood may make you think twice about how you heat your home.
Program: KCTS 9 Connects
Episode: December 16, 2011

To view, click this link:

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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

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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.

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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)

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Wildlife around Thornton Creek, Victory Heights

Photos by Robert Gordon


Barred Owl

Photo by Robert Gordon

Two Barred Owls

The owl shots were taken in a tree next to Bob’s driveway on NE 103rd St. And the coyote was taken several years ago under the same tree. I wonder, has anyone had any coyote sightings lately?

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