Updated, 3:30 p.m.
On Sunday (March 6, 2011), a local group of plant enthusiasts hung 128 hand-made “ID bracelets” on the trees around the walking path at Green Lake Park.
The “I Heart Trees!” project, headed up by Meghan Fuller, was meant to inspire and encourage visitors to the park to learn about the world around them. The project was approved by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
The ID tags were met with a positive response by My Green Lake readers yesterday. ”The plaques themselves are beautiful, as is the intention to bring more awareness to Seattle’s urban forest,” said reader Nancy M. “I absolutely loved the tree signs today on my walk,” agreed Jenn. “What a wonderful way to learn about so many species of trees.”
Most of the tags were still present as recently as yesterday evening. This morning, however, many were gone. In their place, cut twine now hangs from several trees.
Only about 20 tags of the original 128 could still be seen this afternoon, according to My Green Lake reader Mitch Spute.
Nat Rocket, who participated in the hanging of the tags, says that the loss of the tags is “not an easy thing to face.” More tags may be hung next year, he says, “with bike cables instead of twine.”
Thanks for the tip, Dru.