Some things don’t belong in an urban forest! Last week, a Seattle Times article touted the success of a commercial zip line in Bellevue’s Eastgate Park. The article seemed to imply that Seattle is missing out because zip lines are … Continue reading Why zip lines get us RILED
•No, we do not misunderstand this policy change. It effectively replaces the traditional policy of reserving natural areas for passive use, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem services with a policy that invites specialized-user groups to lay claim to natural areas for … Continue reading Seattle Nature Alliance answers its critics
We’ve been talking a lot about how Seattle’s Natural Areas should be for All People, and how Everyone deserves equitable access to nature. So, who is Everyone? The Seattle Nature Alliance maintains that Seattle’s natural area policy must be: Equitable Sustainable … Continue reading Who is Everyone?
I often crave the silence of an empty room. The over stimulation of daily living – the commute to work, the meeting chatter, the need to be constantly engaged with the computer screen – can leave me feeling completely exhausted. … Continue reading Alone & Together
Passive Uses are: Universal – uses that are available to virtually everyone Compatible – they are compatible with other passive uses and with the other living creatures that depend upon the land for habitat. Free – they do not require … Continue reading Passive Use, a Thin Green Line
(This post was updated on 8/27/14 and is also available as a pdf here. Feel free to share) Passive-Use, a Thin Green Line Now that we’ve marched down the aisle and pledged our eternal and undying love for Seattle parks, one question remains. Will we love our parks to death? Seattle is changing fast. Our population is exploding, neighborhoods are densifying, traffic is just plain nuts. We’ve come up in the world, which is wonderful. But, city life takes its toll and we’ll need greenspaces to keep us healthy and happy. We’ll also need careful planning so we don’t ruin … Continue reading Passive Use …a Thin Green Line