Peggy Sturdivant
Tree Ambassador Diana Gardiner gathers Gingko branches after finding the tree cut down.

At Large In Ballard: The Farewell Tree Walk

By Peggy Sturdivant

Diana Gardiner first contacted me on March 13, 2015. She was a newly trained volunteer Tree Ambassador as part of the City of Seattle’s reLeaf program. She had just led her first Tree Walk in Ballard and wondered if I’d be interested in writing about the training and upcoming walks.

We kept in touch and decided to meet on September 14, 2015 in advance of two September 26, 2015 Tree Walks in Ballard. Unfortunately it’s now the date that marks an event that has changed her as a Seattle citizen.

One week earlier she had seen the Notice of Land Use Action sign on the fence of a corner lot near her home; subdivision to build three-story townhouses. Based on the building plans available on-line she could tell that all the trees in the lot would likely be razed. Gardiner knows trees now, which is why she recognized the Gingko tree as possibly exceptional, meaning it might be left standing per DPD code.

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At Large In Ballard: Lessons from the night

By Peggy Sturdivant

This week I learned that even if you’ve never heard a coyote kill a cat before, you know it when you hear it. Although I like to think of myself as eager to learn every day, there will always be things that I wish I’d never heard and never witnessed.

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Katy Wilkens, MS, RD
Dutch oven Peach cobbler.

You Are What You Eat: Camp Cooking 101

By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD

One of my favorite parts of summer is the 10-day kayak trek I do through the San Juan Islands with my husband and about a dozen Boy Scouts. That’s 30 meals to plan, shop for, pack into kayaks, cook in the wild and clean up after! Having done this for 20 years, I have it down to a science.

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