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Tree ID sign, missing since March, reappears at Green Lake Park

What do you think? (1 Comment) October 29, 2011 at 4:32PM

Last spring, a local group of plant enthusiasts hung hand-made “ID bracelets” on 128 trees around the walking path at Green Lake Park.

The “I Heart Trees!” project was meant to inspire and encourage visitors to the park to learn about the world around them. The signs, which were approved by Seattle Parks and Recreation, were met with acclaim from both park visitors and Green Lake residents.

 

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A volunteer hangs a tree ID sign at Green Lake Park, March 6, 2011. Photo credit: Holy Outlaw.

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128 tree tags were hung by the team of volunteers. Photo credit: Holy Outlaw

Just two days after a group of volunteers hung the signs, more than 100 of the 128 signs went missing. In the place of the signs, cut pieces of twine were left hanging from trees.

“I never found out what happened to any of them,” Meghan Fuller, who headed up the project, said earlier this week.

 

Cut twine hangs off a tree at Green Lake Park, March 8, 2011.

 

Recently, while walking around the northwest side of Green Lake, Garet Munger glanced up at a tree near the Go Go Ice Cream concession stand, by the Bathhouse Theatre (7312 West Green Lake Dr N).

There, hanging on the Lombardy Black Poplar that it had originally identified, was one of the signs.

 

Photo credit: Garet Mungar.

 

Could one of the missing Green Lake tree ID tags have reappeared? Or has this sign been up all along?

Garet, a frequent Green Lake walker, feels certain he would know if they sign has been there since March. He also points out that the original placement of the signs was much lower to the ground than this sign now hangs, fastened to the tree by wire.

And, according to Meghan Fuller, the signs were originally all hung with twine. Wire, she says, can damage trees.

 

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Meghan Fuller demonstrates how to install a sign to a tree with twine, March 2011. Photo credit: Holy Outlaw.

 

Meghan does not know how or why the sign made its way back to the poplar, but she can confirm that it is one of the original tags that she and the group of volunteers created last spring. Megan has not made or installed any replacements, and she has no plans to do so.

“Maybe they’ll all start reappearing,” Megan says. “That would certainly be amazing.”

 


Update, 5 p.m. Mitch Spute, another frequent Green Lake walker, reports that this sign has been up for awhile. The last time he saw it, however, it was turned backwards.

One Response to “Tree ID sign, missing since March, reappears at Green Lake Park”

  1. Sally says:

    I loved the heart signs and thought they were the best thing at Greenlake for decades. I have been walking/running there since 1975.