(Photo BMS, April 2019)
Just before the pandemic wiped most other concerns off the map for a long time, in February last year, a “stakeholder meeting” shed the spotlight on endangered species. Roxhill Bog (part of Roxhill Park). Now the fight to save him is back in the spotlight, and another community meeting is scheduled. Here is the announcement / update of Duwamish Alive Coalition:
The Second Roxhill Bog Community Restoration Public Meeting will be held online November 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide an update on the hydrological study explaining why the wetland is drying up and possible solutions as well as the results of the community survey that was conducted. The online link to the meeting can be accessed by registering via DNDA.org Where Duwamishalive.org
Roxhill Bog is one of the last of Seattle’s historic 26 peat wetlands, dating back 10,000 years and home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals. It is also the headwaters of Longfellow Creek and an important community asset where the community can experience and learn more about nature. Over the past two decades, it has dried up, which has dramatically degraded its ecosystem – with an increase in invasive plants, loss of wildlife, and inappropriate use of the area creating safety concerns.
Community members, alarmed by the loss of this community treasure, have created a collaborative partnership with the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Duwamish Alive Coalition, Roxhill Champions, and American rivers to help restore the wet bog. With the help of a Seattle council member Lisa Herbold and member of King County Council Joe mcdermott. the partnership was able to secure funds for the hydrological and soil studies and the community survey, which received over 260 responses, and the design of the restoration.
The public meeting on November 17 will review the results of the studies and the community survey and solicit comments on the restoration design. This is an important opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the project and their hopes for the future of the wetlands.
For the background, see our report on last year’s meeting. There is also a lot of background on this webpqge assembled by the now dormant Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council.