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The Wetlands pages are now located on the Neighbors of Seahurst Park site, clicking the menu items will redirect you there.

There's now a separate page listing all the volunteer opportunities in Seahurst and other nearby Burien Parks. Please see the Volunteer Page for more information.

Other links related to Seahurst Park
City of Burien web pages with information about Seahurst Park
Nearby parks and recreational activities
Some Youtube videos about the Park
Things you can do at home to help the park and the environment.
Information about Streams and Wetlands
Environmental Organizations
Miscellaneous Links

Other links related to Seahurst Park:

This December 2004 Seattle PI article has some background and information about the seawall removal project going on in the park.

The Highline School District runs the Marine Technology Center at the north end of the Park.

The University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory shares the facility to use for research. The front page has live images from an underwater camera and a shore camera, archived images, and graphs of current weather.

King County did a Beach Assessment in 1997 that includes a brief description of the beach and a study of the clam population at the time. (Link updated June 1, 2009)

Friends of Burien Parks is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and expanding Burien's parks and green spaces.

Historically the Park was in the area used by the Duwamish Indians.

The Highline Times has an April 28, 2008 article about the University of Washington research ship R/V Thomas G. Thompson mooring near the Marine Technology Center to connect to the underwater cameras and to test equipment.

City of Burien web pages with information about Seahurst Park:

(Links updated June 1, 2009)

Burien's Parks and Recreation Department.

A brief history of the park.

The City's Master Plan contains all sorts of information about Seahurst Park, including past and future plans. And Maps. Plus 3 photo galleries.

Nearby parks and recreational activities:

Eagle Landing Park south of Seahurst.

Shorewood Park north of Seahurst.

The City of Burien's Parks Department page shows all the parks in Burien.

Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology Center. has information about diving in the area of Seahurst Park, Three Tree Point south of Seahurst, and Alki Point north of Seahurst.

Tide Tables for the Seahurst Park area.

Some Youtube videos about the Park:

A Day in The Park (7:42) On September 29, 2007 over 75 volunteers turned out for the annual "Day in the Park", organized by Earth Share of Washington and the Burien Parks Department. Thanks to all the volunteers for their incredible service to the community and to Seahurst Park.

Seahurst Volunteers (4:53) is a second video about the September 29, 2007 Day in the Park.

Seahurst Park Part 1 (6:42) from the City of Burien is an overview of the restoration of Seahurst Park.

Seahurst Park Part 2 (5:33) is continuation of the previous video.

A short day in the park (0:50) is a short video of activity on the beach. The video is taken from the section of beach that is restored, and in the distance you can see some of the remaining seawall.

This Plant Inventory (6:28) is a video tour showing some of the plants along the east edge of the wetland.

Eagle Landing Park Part 1 (9:57) is a tour of nearby Eagle Landing Park. There are links on that page to other videos about Eagle Landing Park.

Things you can do at home to help parks and the outdoors in general.
The short version. Do not plant invasive species, and if you have some, remove them. This includes some species of Ivy and Holly.

The Washington Invasive Species Coalition offers a Garden Wise handbook that lists common invasive species that are often used in landscaping, and lists alternatives that can be used instead.

To protect our State's resources and economy, the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board creates an annual Noxious Weed List of the most serious invasive plants (WAC-16-750). This list separates the noxious weeds into three categories, based on the distribution and threat each plant poses in Washington State.

King County has a weed information site, and will help you identify plants in your yard.

The Nature Conservancy has developed Codes of Conduct regarding invasive species for Government, the Nursery Industry and the public.

King County, the Port of Seattle and the Cities of Burien, Normandy Park and SeaTac have jointly funded rehabilitation work in the Miller and Walker Creek Basins. The website is focused on that area, but has lots of good information about protecting wildlife habitat in the city.

Washington State University, Pierce County Extension, has a handbook on how to build a Raingarden that helps control and filter runoff from your properly.

King County has a Native Plant Guide that includes lists of native plants and planning tools to help you design your landscape.

If you have a stream bank or shoreline on your property you can use the pages from King County to get suggestions on the best way to enhance them.

Information about Streams, Wetlands and Shorelines:

The Seattle Times has done an excellent series on the health of Puget Sound.

Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times wrote a very good article about how outdated vesting regulations can impact the environment.

A description of the functions of wetlands from the State Department of Ecology.

This Seattle Times article by William Dietrich about Puget Sound shows why it's so important to protect and enhance areas like Seahurst Park. Because of the filtering and buffering that it's hills and wetlands do, and the habitat that it provides, the Sound is a healthier place. The multi-million dollar shoreline enhancement project in the park is a huge benefit to Puget Sound.

State Department of Ecology Publication: How Ecology Regulates Wetlands

Washington State Natural Heritage Program

Washington State Wetland Rating System for Western Washington

Wild Fish Conservancy classifies streams for the State. They did North Creek in 2003, links to their maps and notes are on the wetlands page.

Washington DNR page on Forest Practices Water Typing

The US Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the National Wetlands Inventory Mapper. The Seahurst Park Wetlands are not listed. Yet.

The Washington Native Plant Society is a forum for individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse plant life. For more than 30 years WNPS has been a great source for native plant information and action.

The University of Washington Herbarium (also known as WTU). Use this site to learn about the plants and lichens found across Washington State's diverse array of landscapes including lush coastal rainforests, dry sagebrush plains, high alpine meadows and much more in between. By our estimate, Washington contains nearly 3,200 species of vascular plants and over 900 species of lichens.

The USDA PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Environmental Organizations:

Across the Puget Sound region, the Puget Sound Partnership is mobilizing communities, agencies and organizations to work together to create a comprehensive Action Agenda to restore Puget Sound. They also have a PDF file explaining Low Impact Development storm water treatment facilities.

The Environmental Science Center conducts a number of educational activities at the Park as part of their environmental education program serving students and schools in South King County.

Shared Salmon Strategy The Shared Strategy is a ground breaking collaborative effort to protect and restore salmon runs across Puget Sound.

Natural Resources Defense Council works on a broad range of issues as we pursue our mission to safeguard the Earth; its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Cascade Land Conservancy works to protect important natural spaces in urban neighborhoods and rural communities, along precious rivers and streams, and across the foothills of the Cascades. These natural lands provide stunning views, numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation as well as critical habitat for endangered fish and wildlife. CLC's strategies range from land purchases and donations, to conservation easements and ownership agreements. Our goal is to maximize the ecological value of land while meeting the needs of landowners.

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

EarthCorps restores parks and open spaces while providing leadership and community service experiences for people from across the United States and around the world.

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is a non-profit service organization that recruits, organizes and trains volunteers to perform trail construction and maintenance and to restore natural habitat while preserving the rich heritage features found in Washington State.

Seattle Urban Nature (SUN) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Puget Sound region by engaging communities to improve urban forests.

Friends of Magnuson Park is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to protecting the natural habitat and beauty of Magnuson Park and ensuring that future development of the Park for recreational or other purposes is consistent with these goals.

Miscellaneous Links:

King County's Map Portal has lots of types of maps available online. You can use them to look up the owner history of a piece of property, the valuation, what improvements have been made, what the geology is like, what restrictions are on the property and more.

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