Posts by Jimmy
Thanks to the Parks Foundation, Parks and Recreation, Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife, the ARC of Anchorage, Fairview Rec Center, Bike Anchorage, the Anchorage Senior Center, UAF Cooperative Extension IPM, Lydia Selkregg Greenhouse, Northern Placemaking, Aaron Leggett, Lannie Fliecher, Vic Fischer, Dwayne Adams, Maeve Nevins, Beth Nordlan, Colleen Rutledge, Wallace Arthur Smith, Beverly Smith, Tracy Smith, David Wigglesworth, Katrina Mueller, Jessie Haynes, Lindsey Hajduk, Gino Graziano, Hal Gage, Steve Heimel, Bruce Farnsworth, Christopher Constant, Susan Share, Georganne Sprinkle, Matt and everyone else that showed up, crossed our paths or lent their hand or their voice to this project.
On our way back from the Headwaters we ran into an assemblyman, a neighborhood resident and construction workers, all of which gave us insight into the future of the eastern section of the creek. There is a desire to re-route parts of the creek and to dedicate some of the land around it as parks. Muldoon Road was closed for construction. They were putting in a huge new culvert for the Chester Creek. One that would make it much easier for salmon to make their way to spawning grounds. David and Katrina from Fish and Wildlife mentioned this work at our Monday meeting. It seems the week has gone full circle.
After finishing up our final potluck the crew drove up to Muldoon and hiked along the southern branch of Chester Creek, up to where it enters Fort Richardson. The second, larger headwaters to the creek starts as a couple springs in the mountains and passes through Muldoon on its way west to University and Goose […]
On Friday evening we had a potluck at one of the Russian Jack Springs. It is one of the headwaters of the Chester Creek and is the only source the creek has within the greenbelt. The crew discussed their experiences so far, shared anecdotes and talked about how their understanding of the project has changed […]
Susan also shared this map. She has been charting how people cross Goose Lake in the winter when it is frozen, mapping the paths that develop. Susan has charted some paths that consistently form year after year.
Zula Swanson came up in our 5/18 potluck while discussing Chester Bottom(Fairview Flats). On our Goose Lake expedition Susan share showed us what was Zula’s Property. More about Zula can be found in this old Ebony article: https://books.google.com/books?id=ZFDqAUi7h-QC&pg=PA126&lpg=PA126&dq=zula+swanson&source=bl&ots=J4Wg-AJDAi&sig=9oK8DeIwDUztdxapC9gmpl_dmIk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2FBeVaHWF8LxoATqmYDoDQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=zula%20swanson&f=false
While talking bikes with the Bike to Work folks at Midnight Sun Brewing we made some memory maps of the roads and routes around Chester Creek. Here is a pretty detailed one.
On May 2oth we joined forces with the Bike to Work crew. A couple of crew members were at the morning Bacon Station at Woodside park and we joined an evening ride from there to Midnight Sun Brewing. Here is the amazing route they took us on.
We gathered up a crew of kids from the Fairview Recreation Center and brought them down to the trail to talk mapping and plants. Here are a few drawings Sarah made with them while explaining some of the local plants to them.
A spot we kept returning to, the oxbow in the creek east of Woodside Park and south of Hillstrand Pond served as lunch site, meeting place and even classroom. On Wednesday we met at the oxbow to work on map making and drawing plants with youth from the Fairview Recreation Center. Pictured above you see […]