Fw: [Tweeters] A Letter to the Urban Forestry Commission regardingCheasty Greenspace

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sat Jan 17 10:39:44 PST 2015

Tweets and Mark,
Am resending this, as it was too long with the letter from Denise attached.
Penny Koyama, Bothell
pl koyama at comcast dot net

From: plkoyama at comcast.net
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 1:39 PM
To: Mark Ahlness ; Tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] A Letter to the Urban Forestry Commission regardingCheasty Greenspace


What a great letter written by Denise Dahn. A few months ago I tried to get Seattle Audubon involved in this controversy, but it was a no-go in terms of conservation issues at that time. Years earlier someone fron SAS had done a bird census on Cheasty Blvd, so it must have been of interest then. Hopefully they will reconsider.

I don’t live in the area, but used to work at DSHS before Sound Transit took over that site. There has been lots of development on that part of Beacon Hill with futile fight against some of it put up by the Blaine Memorial Methodist Church, among others. I’ll plan on writing to the Forestry Commission, even though I’m not a Seattle citizen for now. Thanks you for the update.

Penny Koyama, Bothell

From: Mark Ahlness
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:04 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] A Letter to the Urban Forestry Commission regardingCheasty Greenspace

There is a lot of talk in Seattle right now about the "use" of natural areas, greenspaces, and undeveloped land in Seattle's parks. One of the issues bringing this conversation forward is Parks' proposed pilot mountain bike trail in Cheasty Greenspace on Beacon Hill. The reason I am writing to Tweeters about this is of course because of the concern over loss or marginalization of habitat for our birds and other wildlife. There is widespread unease that this pilot may set a bad precedent for protecting the dwindling natural areas within our city.

On January 7, 2015, Seattle's Urban Forestry Commission heard a presentation from proponents of the mountain bike pilot. Afterwards, the Commission heard public testimony, almost unanimous in opposition to the mountain bike park. They also received several written statements in opposition, one of which I am forwarding below, with the permission of the author.

If you are interested in getting involved in the public discussion, there is a meeting of the Cheasty Project Advisory Team (PAT) on 1/29/15 at the Rainier Community Center from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. I hope you will consider attending, or staying up to date on the progress of this proposal, as it's an important issue.

Thanks - Mark Ahlness, West Seattle - please read on:

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