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LFPSF In The News

An article from the Enterprise, May 27 2009, about the effort led by the LFPSF to build a bridge over Whisper Creek.

An article from the Enterprise on the opening of the new Brookside Creek channel on Oct. 3, 2003.

We are featured prominently in this May 20, 2002 Seattle Times article To quote from the article: "How Lake Forest Park got to this point is a combination of savvy stewardship by citizens and local government, the blessings of nature, a few key business decisions, and the state's Growth Management Act."

December, 2000: We received our first grant from the Northwest Fund for Environment. Read an Enterprise article about it.

The October 25, 2000 Enterprise article about salmon sighting: page 1, page 2.

We won our superior court appeal. Read an LFP Enterprise article about it.

A P-I article from 2000 about the Stewardship Foundation's efforts to save what is now Grace Cole Nature Park.

Working with the City, we have placed a number of stream signs, urging citizens to be kind to their streams because these streams are "in their care." Read the Enterprise article about it.

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"GOOD LUCK, Fishy!”

Once again, we witnessed a new generation of young minds inspired to “bring the salmon back,” with the annual salmon releases involving neighborhood elementary schools. More info and photos here.

Foundation Board members staffed tables at the
LFP Green Fair on Saturday, March 15th 2014

We enjoyed meeting so many of you interested in environmental stewardship!

Toxins Concerns Build in North Lake Washington

The Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF) is collaborating with PERK (People for and Environmentally Responsible Kenmore) regarding toxic dioxins and the disruptions of sediments in the area of Kenmore Harbor. The toxins are of concern to all people and animals who may be in contact with the water, whether wading, swimming at the beaches, boating or fishing. The original source of the dioxins has not been determined, but last year test samples were taken in the area of Kenmore Harbor, all the way to Lake Forest Park Civic Club, and the dioxins were found to be present.

Read the full article here about recent actions and efforts to get environmental review of water and air quality concerns related to industrial activities in Kenmore.

RAIN GARDENS: Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

Do you know what happens to rain after it hits your roof?

Did you know that runoff is responsible for 75% of the pollution that enters oursensitive waterways – but there is something you can do about it?

People who attended our Annual Meeting on October 24th learned these things and more more Read more here.

A nice article by Christine Southwick about local birds in the Shoreline Area News.

Lyon Creek Bypass, Feb. 2013: The City has received funding and is currently designing a bypass pipe to reroute Lyon Creek during peak storm events. The Stewardship Foundation is actively involved with monitoring the design and has urged the City to do a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to be sure that potential impacts to the natural functions of the stream are addressed. Read more here.

Preliminary planning is underway for a new park on City-purchased property along Lyon Creek at 17038 44th Ave NE.  Read more and be involved, here

Aug. 20, 2011: Mayor Dave Hutchinson presided over an informal ceremony to mark the opening of two new trails in Grace Cole Nature Park. Read more here.

Lyon Creek Enhancement Project: in November, 2008, we partnered with  Mountlake Terrace to re-vegetate relocated creek bed near 205th St NE and 37th Ave at the north end of LFP in Mountlake Terrace. For additional information click here.

Flooding of Lyon Creek, December 3, 2007: Click here for photos and analysis of the flooding at Towne Centre.

Allison Reasonable Use Exemption, June 2007. Information about the LFPSF's study and comments about an RUE involving a proposed development of two houses near wetlands just north of Cole Nature Park can be found here.

2006: After years of efforts by the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation and citizens of Lake Forest Park to preserve the headwaters of Brookside Creek, the Grace Cole Nature Park officially opened on October 28, 2006. Click here for more information on the park.

2006: Lake Forest Park celebrated becoming the 21st Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation certified by the National Wildlife Federation.  The celebration took place at Third Place Commons in the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way in conjunction with Lake Forest Park’s Dig-It Green Fair on Saturday, April 21. For more information, click here.

October 7: 2003: A Stream Is Born

A babbling brook now meanders down its cobbled 80-foot course in the forested back yard of Rick and Launa Hoy in Lake Forest Park, through a corner of the new Grace Cole Nature Park, before it joins the main channel of Brookside Creek and continues downstream to McAleer Creek. This section of stream, now navigable to salmon and trout, replaced a perched culvert through an earthen dam, which formed a backyard pond. It is one of numerous improvements needed in Lake Forest Park to make all our streams passable to salmon and trout.

The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation invited neighbors, public officials, volunteers and the professionals who planned and carried out the Brookside Creek restoration, to share in the official opening of the new creek channel on October 3, 2003. Brian Bodenbach, of Biosphere Company, worked from a plan by Arthur Fleming, of HartCrowser, to create this beautiful stream. See photos of the opening ceremony, Download a movie of the ceremony (movie is in Windows Media Format -- a very large file).

For more information about this, visit our Brookside Creek Restoration Project page.



Our Salmon's Guide to Lake Forest Park won an award! The Enterprise (local newspaper) reports (2/28/2003), "The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation produced the brochure, complete with a one-of-a-kind detailed map, to tell Lake Forest Park residents about their creeks, wetlands and city parks. It combines the 'wet geography' of the city with the history of the creeks along with information from professional biologists about protecting the fish and wildlife habitat from further degradation. The Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication found the booklet worthy of its Award of Merit, in company with professional publications from Microsoft, Boeing, and other business and industrial giants."

You can download a copy of the Salmon's Guide in PDF format here (3.7 MB).