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Home > Native Plant Stewardship Program > King County

2005 Projects

Priority Projects are projects where stewards have established a legacy of volunteer involvement and we strongly encourage current stewards to continue to volunteer at these locations.
Elective Projects are projects that are new to the stewardship program or had a limited duration of volunteer involvement.  Stewards are still encouraged to join these projects each year.

Priority Projects

2005 Class Project: South Park

Current Steward/Contact Katie Kadwell
Location South Seattle

South Park Wetland is a roughly 0.93 acre site owned by Seattle Habitat for Humanity. The Homeowners Association Coordinator approached EarthCorps in 2001 about restoring the wetland. The flood plain wetland was invaded by Himalayan blackberry and Reed Canary Grass and was being used as a dumping ground. The neighbors were concerned about the site due to criminal activity and the contents of the refuse in the wetland, and it was considered a danger and liability to the community. EarthCorps obtained a grant from the Natural Resource Stewardship Network and set to restore the wetland, planned and implemented the restoration process, facilitated community meetings prior to the events, and managed volunteer work parties.

Since this work has been done, several of the key players have since left the community, opening up the wetland to encroachment by invasive species once again.

The 2005 Native Plant Stewardship Class will adopt this wetland site as their Class Project to partner with the local community, Habitat for Humanity, and The Natural Resource Stewardship Network to renew interest in the maintenance of the property by removing the invasive species that have returned, help with plantings and assist with periodic work parties to maintain the site.

Ivy OUT-Seward Park Native Woodland Area

Current Steward/Contact Pam Burton
Location South Seattle

Stewards and the Ivy OUT Committee created and maintain a web site with educational information on ivy and ivy control as well as community information on volunteer efforts in the Seattle area to increase public awareness of the impact of non-native English ivy on trees and native habitat. Stewards also help coordinate work parties to remove English ivy from King County parks. Native Plant Stewards are concentrating their time managing the ivy problem at Seward Park, attending work parties throughout the year.

Deadhorse Canyon/Taylor Creek

Current Steward/Contact Darrell Dobson
Location SE Seattle; Lakeridge Park near Lake Washington

The forested ravine called Deadhorse Canyon is now part of Lakeridge Park and has been the site of many improvements in the last seven years through a community-driven program where neighbors of the park have teamed up with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Department of Neighborhoods and other organizations. Some accomplishments to date have been planting of thousands of native plants to restore this urban forest, a loop trail, two bridges across Taylor Creek, stream bed restoration, removal of trash and invasive vegetation, replacement of a leaking sewer line, building of a kiosk, replacement of two culverts and partial salmon habitat restoration. Other activities include ongoing removal and control of invasives and trash and replanting with native woodland species and public education activities.

Hitt’s Hill Greenspace

Current Steward/Contact Betsy Lyons
Location Columbia City neighborhood of southeast Seattle

Hitt’s Hill greenspace, heavily infested with a variety of noxious weeds and invasive species, comprises 22 city lots on a wooded slope that was purchased by the City of Seattle. The native plant stewards work with the neighborhood group that arranged for the purchase to develop a vegetation plan, build a trail through the greenspace, remove invasive plant species and plant native plants. One interesting challenge at this site is how to develop interpretive educational resources for the many different languages spoken by the neighboring community. This wooded remnant is rare in this low-income and densely populated part of the city and its preservation is very important to the local environment.

Golden Gardens Upland Forest

Current Steward/Contact Theresa McEwen, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Location NW Seattle

The upland forest area above Golden Gardens Park has an understory dominated by invasive species and there are also issues of erosion that threaten this area. The health of the canopy is also an issue. The stewards work with other volunteers to remove invasive species such as English ivy, blackberries and scotch broom. There is also an effort to remove the noxious weed garlic mustard. Native plants are installed and maintained. It is often necessary to repair damage to plantings from public use in this highly used urban park. Stewards also help train and manage volunteers in planting and weeding techniques.

Schmitz Park

Current Steward/Contact Deborah Mendenhall
Location West Seattle

Stewards assist with the community effort to protect, enhance and restore natural features of Schmitz Park Preserve in West Seattle, one of the last few remnants of old growth conifer forest in Seattle. In coordination with the Seattle Parks Department, the Friends of Schmitz Park is involved in non-native invasive weed control, acquiring new native plants through donation and salvaging, litter pick up and trail improvements.

Ravenna Woods

Current Steward/Contact Alice Cummings
Location NE Seattle

WNPS has joined efforts with the Friends of Ravenna Woods to protect and restore a forested area near Ravenna Park and University Village mall. The ravine has large, mature mostly deciduous trees and an understory of native plants mixed with many invasives as well. In addition to protecting this woodland area from development, Native Plant Stewards and the community group are carrying out a forest improvement plan that includes removing ivy and other invasives, assessing the viability of existing trees and planting conifers and native understory plants.

Roxhill Park Wetland and Forest Buffer

Current Steward/Contact Scott Blackstock
Location West Seattle, Longfellow Creek watershed

A bog historically present at the headwaters of Longfellow Creek is being restored and re-created in Roxhill Park in West Seattle. Fill material was removed and the remaining peat was exposed. Native plants are being installed in both the bog and upland areas to reflect the diversity that might have been present historically. In the fall of 2002, more peat bog area was exposed and the volunteers are responsible for maintaining approximately 72,000 native trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and sedges. In addition to leading the planting and maintenance activities, native plant steward Scott Blackstock along with assistance from 2003 stewards will continue to monitor the plants for survival rates and watch for wildlife use of the area. Native plant stewards will also help with this project at the regular work parties.

Seattle Parks Native Plant Propagation

Current Steward/Contact Jeanne Schollmeyer
Location Seattle

The native plant steward works with the Seattle Parks nursery and greenhouse on native plant salvage, propagation, and seed collection for restoration projects in Seattle with staff and groups of volunteers. Seed collecting is done for forest understory plants not readily available in the Seattle area and the steward helps propagate from these to help the greenhouse staff. Propagation and bare root transplanting occurs at Atlantic Nursery. In addition to nursery activity, restoration of the 7-acre property that surrounds the nursery is ongoing.

Friends of Lawton Park

Current Steward/Contact Barbara Downward
Location Magnolia

This native plant steward has put in several years of work organizing community volunteers on the enhancement of the forested and wetland areas of this urban park.  Trees and understory plants have been planted over the past several years, and a fantastic boardwalk in the wetland area was built to enable visitors to view the wetland without disturbing the ecosystem.  Maintenance continues throughout the summer months with work parties to water and mulch planted trees in the ravine and weed the wetland area.  This Friends group has partnered with the City of Seattle to acquire native species for the plantings.

Elective Projects

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Current Steward/Contact Tom Bowden
Location Bellevue

The Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, Washington comprises 36 acres of display gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Highlights include the NPA Perennial Border, Waterwise Garden, Yao Japanese Garden, Alpine Rock Garden and summer displays of dahlias and fuchsias.

Volunteers provide horticultural assistance by helping with grounds maintenance led by garden staff. They may also get involved with the Garden’s education programs by helping to develop educational resources, implement the interpretive plan, organize evening lectures for adults or lend a hand with the new school education program for elementary school classes. BBG graciously hosts WNPS’s yearly Spring Native Plant Sale.

Bradner Gardens Park Native Forest Habitat

Current Steward/Contact Joyce Moty
Location SE Seattle, Mt. Baker neighborhood

The native plant stewards maintain and enhance the forest/wildlife habitat section of Bradner Gardens Park, which is a high intensity use facility in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of southeast Seattle. The King Conservation District and members of the community installed the trees and understory plants in 1999 but were unable to maintain the site. Native plant steward activities include organizing work parties for maintenance and new plantings as needed, creating educational signage and exhibits, involving and educating residents and school children of the neighboring communities and developing the site as a resource for community education about creating native forest habitat in an urban setting.

Des Moines Creek

Current Steward/Contact Dirk Smith
Location Des Moines, South King County

The restoration of Des Moines creek has been a long-term project supported by the community and local organizations. Restoration efforts include planting and maintaining riparian buffer areas of native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, sedges, grasses and rushes. Recently, 1200 bare root shrubs and trees were added along with beach grasses to the creek. Ongoing volunteer activities include invasive plant removal, planting native plants and helping to generate more community support and involvement.

Duwamish Riparian Habitat Monitoring

Current Steward/Contact Greg Hancock, Andrea Petzel
Location South Seattle

Several years of stewards have been responsible for monitoring restoration sites along the Duwamish River. There are over 20 restoration projects in varying stages of completion that need help with monitoring and ongoing stewardship. The 2004 stewards are currently working with the city to construct a native plant inventory for T-107 site prior to initiating restoration activities.

Eagle Landing Park

Current Steward/Contact Jim Branson
Location Burien

The park was originally named after an eagle’s nest was discovered on the property. The park now has many community leaders working to maintain it. The native plant steward will work with community volunteers on the enhancement of the forested areas of this urban park and the removal of invasive species.

Ellis Pond Park

Current Steward/Contact Marcia Mellinger, Alex McAlvay
Location Mercer Island

Ellis Pond Park is a 2.5-acre neighborhood park/wetland located in the center of Mercer Island. Many native trees, shrubs and forbs surround the pond, which in the summer is the home of mallards and wood ducks. The pond itself comprises about 1/5th of the park area and is fed by a small spring and storm water runoff so its size varies throughout the year depending on rainfall. The mother and son native plant steward team will continue to work to monitor and maintain what has already been done in this park that adjoins their property. They continue to organize twice-yearly work parties and community celebrations to restore the park.

Genesee Park Woodland

Current Steward/Contact Jourdan Keith
Location Southeast Seattle

This southeast Seattle park is composed of a mixture of plant habitats that support a diverse amount of wildlife. Native Plant Stewards will work with the Starflower Foundation, Seattle Parks Department, and the community in the woodland area of the park. The woodland includes many native trees such as madrones and big leaf maples, and it also contains some existing native understory plants. Activities will include removing invasive species, planting native trees and plants, increasing community support and involving neighboring schools.

Gold Creek Environmental Education Camp

Current Steward/Contact Tara Irvin
Location Woodinville

The native plant steward is responsible for running an outdoor education program with Boys and Girls Clubs of Seattle at her camp in Woodinville. She organized and implemented a 40-person work party through United Way’s Day of Caring in September to remove invasive species and replant a wetland site on the property. She continues to educate youth and adults about the importance of using native plants in our urban forests through nature hikes she offers throughout the summer and fall.

Kiwanis Ravine

Current Steward/Contact Mike Marsh
Location Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle

Native Plant Stewards will assist with the restoration efforts of this native mixed deciduous-evergreen forested ravine on the east margin of Discovery Park. The ravine currently contains somewhat degraded forest, with an interesting mix of native forest and understory species, but has become seriously invaded in places. This area is host to a thriving colony of great blue herons. A small stream, Wolfe creek, also flows through the ravine, but currently empties into a sewage main. The restoration efforts are largely headed up by Heron Habitat Helpers, a small organization helping to restore heron habitat. Native Plant Steward Mike Marsh is on the board. Work parties continue to remove invasive species and reforest the ravine with native trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

Kruckeberg Botanical Garden and Urban Forest

Current Steward/Contact Deb Ferber
Location Shoreline

The Kruckeberg Botanical Garden, an important urban woodland in the midst of the rapidly developing city of Shoreline, is a 4-acre collection of over 2000 individual species of native northwest, exotic and rare plants, surrounding the Kruckeberg home. The Kruckeberg Garden's many large conifers and other trees are quickly becoming one of the few remaining stands of trees in the neighborhood as other properties are subdivided and cleared of trees. The native plant stewards help with maintaining and preserving this garden. In addition, they assist with tours of the garden and write educational articles explaining the importance of having large trees in the urban landscape.

Licton Springs

Current Steward/Contact Roger Hargarty, Annette Peck
Location North Seattle

This 7.6-acre park is host to a mineral spring that Native Americans used for healing purposes. The spring still exists (but flows from a concrete basin into pipes) along with forested wetland and woodland areas. Currently ecological and habitat restoration is underway through the Friends of Licton Springs and Seattle Parks and Recreation. They are working on the construction of two pacific chorus frog ponds with woodland native plantings. Native trees have been established at the site and work parties are ongoing to remove invasive plants and plant native species.

Longfellow Creek Greenspace—Thistle Street and Greg Davis Park

Current Steward/Contact Steve Richmond
Location West Seattle

Greg Davis Park: This 2.3-acre park is home to a variety of native plant communities including forested buffers that adjoin surrounding woodland areas and the creek. The community, with the support of the Seattle Parks Department and the Starflower Foundation have worked hard to make this passive park a place where people can enjoy and learn about native plants and wildlife. Volunteer activities include invasive plant removal, increasing community involvement and education, and augmenting forest plantings with more native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers.

Thistle Street: The project site is three acres of open upland, wetland and wooded space just east of Chief Sealth High School, owned by the City of Seattle Parks Department. Longfellow Creek, one of Seattle's largest urban creeks, first daylights here. Previous restoration efforts have concentrated on planting trees, Himalayan blackberry removal and mulching around young trees to give them a chance to get a good foothold. The stewards will help continue the work of previous stewards, schools, and community members.

Madrona Woods

Current Steward/Contact Penny McCormick
Location SE Seattle, Madrona neighborhood

This 9-acre urban woodland has undergone much improvement over the past few years from the efforts of the community, nearby schools and native plant stewards. Activities in the woods include invasive species removal, planting native woodland species, public education, and working with local school children on restoration. Stewards have been assisting with teaching the schoolchildren to restore parts of the park.

Magnuson Park

Current Steward/Contact Pat Ryan
Location NE Seattle

Native Plant Stewards provide help with the planning and implementation of the forest habitat and wetland restoration projects in this large, north Seattle park on Lake Washington. The local neighborhood group MESA (Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance) has been working with the Audubon Society, Starflower Foundation and the Washington Native Plant Society to develop habitat improvement plans for the natural areas in the park. Habitat enhancement at this high-use park is a valuable way to demonstrate the environmental benefits of native forest and other habitat types for wildlife to help improve the water quality of the Lake Washington watershed. The community members in MESA are committed to using only native plants in the habitat and landscaped areas of the park and to improving the existing native plant communities and tree cover.

Peter Kirk Elementary

Current Steward/Contact Julie Lemme
Location Kirkland

The steward leads weekly work parties with 3 rd, 4th, and 5 th grade students into the forested creek area behind the school to facilitate learning about native plants and the importance of a healthy forest ecosystem. She designed this program from the ground up, organizing times with teachers and implementing curriculum. Having pulled weeds in the Fall, students return in the Spring to do plantings and maintenance.

Shadow Lake Bog

Current Steward/Contact Erin Wojewodzki-Prinsen
Location Southeast King County

SHADOW works to protect and restore the unique, beautiful and important bog at Shadow Lake in southeast King County. The project includes mitigation of the impact of storm water through restoration, protection, maintenance and monitoring of water flowing to Shadow Lake and Shadow Lake Bog, and creation of an amphibian breeding pond. Volunteers work with groups on weeding and native planting on educational trails and lookouts.

Spring Lake/Echo Mountain

Current Steward/Contact Caren Adams, Mike O’Brien
Location Renton

The steward will work with the neighbors on Spring Lake and the City of Renton on a restoration and maintenance project in the forested area of Echo Mountain along Spring Lake in Renton. The area is currently dominated by invasives so the work will involve inventorying existing conditions, removing invasives and planting native woodland buffer riparian species.

Twin Ponds

Current Steward/Contact John Dixon
Location Shoreline just west of I-5

The native plant steward will work with stewards from previous years and other community volunteers on the enhancement of the forested areas of this urban park. Trees and understory plants have been planted over the past several years and work continues to be done to maintain these plantings, control invasive species and add more plants as needed.

Vasa Creek Drainage

Current Steward/Contact Jane Titland
Location South Bellevue

The steward will assist work Jane Titland has started as a Habitat Steward with the City of Bellevue to continue planning and implementation of the restoration and stewardship of part of the Vasa Creek Drainage in south Bellevue. The project involves ivy removal, plant salvage and planting of native trees and understory plants. The stewards will work to involve residents in the community associations adjoining the drainage.

Llandover Woods

Current Steward/Contact Penny Rose
Location North Seattle

Llandover Woods is a greenspace owned by the City of Seattle near Shoreline. The property extends from the end of a street down the ravine towards the shore. Invasive species have encroached into the space in the past several years and has recently been adopted by a 2003 steward to remove the invasive species and plant natives.