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Home > Native Plant Stewardship Program > King County

2000 and 2001 Native Plant Steward Projects, D-E

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Des Moines Creek and Des Moines City Park Re-vegetation
2001 Steward and Contact: Rena Hamburger
Project Location: Des Moines (south King County between Seattle and Tacoma on Puget Sound)

Girl scouts and community volunteers at Des Moines Creek

The steward is the organizer of the community group "Friends of Des Moines Creek", a volunteer organization the works to restore and protect Des Moines Creek and educate the public. The first project the steward is working on is the re-vegetation of the streambanks of the lower reach near Puget Sound. Currently the area has only a few trees and grass. The project is planting native trees and associated understory species. Many of these plants were salvaged locally or donated. The steward is also involved with the long-term monitoring and maintenance of the site. Areas upstream will be looked at for future projects as well. A second, related project of the steward is to help with the re-forestation of a neglected Des Moines park which contains the headwaters of Massey Creek, a tributary of Des Moines Creek. Immediate plans are to plant trees and ferns where blackberries and dead alders have been removed. This project is being done in conjunction with 1999 Steward Ed LaCrosse.

Discovery Park Forest Habitat Monitoring and Nature Photography with Inner-City Youth
2000 Steward: Donna Kostka
Contacts: Discovery Park Volunteer Coordinator Penny Rose, Youth in Focus Program Manager Bryan Baker
Project Location: Seattle's Discovery Park

This project combines (1) helping to lead a habitat restoration project at Seattle's Discovery Park with (2) teaching selected Seattle inner-city youth about nature photography using the predominantly forested Discovery Park as the setting. The goals include:
  1. Educate park volunteers who "adopt an area" about how to identify native from non-native plants as they clear their plot(s) for forest restoration work - through preparation of educational brochures. The general public also will have access to these brochures.
  2. Educate park volunteers who "adopt an area" how to monitor and manage their forest restoration work over time -- through creating a monitoring plan and photo points.
  3. Educate park volunteers and the public about the various stages of native plant development -- by augmenting the park's slide file through close-up photography.
  4. Develop an appreciation of native forest habitat and natural landscapes in inner-city youths, and teach them how to photograph native plants and landscapes -- through organizing fieldtrips to Discovery Park for Youth in Focus students and mentors.

An expected benefit of this project is to assist the restoration of high priority native urban forest habitat in Discovery Park. Another benefit is to widen the horizons of inner-city youth to include an interest in forests and plants, by providing photography training and an adult mentoring relationship.

Discovery Park Forest Habitat Monitoring and Restoration, Phase II
2001 Stewards: Martha Beard, Janet Jeng, Jack Simonson, Joyce Keene, Roberta Roberts
Contacts: Discovery Park Volunteer Coordinator Penny Rose
Project Location: Seattle's Discovery Park

Stewards from the 2001 class will expand the monitoring project started by 2000 Steward Donna Kostka. They will be working with Penny Rose at Discovery Park on a plant inventory and plot description of the 38 plots adopted by volunteers and other restored areas, the maintenance of some of which has been taken on by interested community members. The inventory and monitoring plan will have to be both complete and simple enough to be repeated regularly by the volunteer workers. This work will entail some initial work on the inventory plan and check sheet. Then it will mean actually doing the inventory on as many of the plots currently adopted as possible. Photo points will be chosen and located by GPS for each plot and photos taken to monitor the vegetation over time. The monitoring work will directly benefit the Park's ongoing efforts to enhance and restore the natural forest communities at Seattle's largest park devoted to passive appreciation of nature. In addition, the stewards will help with restoration efforts such as planting trees and shrubs, maintaining existing plantings and removing invasives.

Duwamish Riparian Habitat Monitoring and Stewardship
2000/2001 Stewards: Helen Roberts, Mary Clare Schroeder, Alice Marsh
Contact: Tom Dean, People for Puget Sound
Project Location: Lower Duwamish/Port of Seattle area south of downtown Seattle

Native plant stewards team up with People for Puget Sound and Adopt-A-Beach to monitor and maintain riparian restoration projects along the Duwamish River. The Duwamish is a highly degraded river flowing through several neighborhoods that have a long history of environmental neglect. Native riparian tree and understory species have been planted in the upland buffer areas and monitoring of these areas is important for the goal of re-establishing native trees to the riparian areas along the Duwamish. Trees in this project include the conifers Sitka spruce, shore pine, western hemlock, Douglas fir and western redcedar as well as a large variety of native deciduous trees including maples, bitter cherry, black cottonwood, alder, willows, hawthorn, cascara, ash and hazelnut. The plantings also include a large variety of shrubs typical of Puget Sound forest understory and riparian areas such as elderberry, oceanspray, twinberry, serviceberry, salmonberry, Oregon grape and many other species.

Educational Slide Shows on Native Plants
2000 Stewards: Belinda Chin, Leslie Phillips-Catton
Contact: Marcia Rivers Smith, WNPS Volunteer/Native Plant Steward
Project Location: King County

Stewards will develop educational slide shows. One will focus on teaching general audiences about herbaceous and understory plants native to western Washington. A second slide show will show the results of volunteer efforts to remove English ivy covering the trees and understory vegetation of Seward Park in Seattle. These slide shows will be used by WNPS volunteers to teach the public and school groups about western Washington's native forest plants and the impact of English ivy on forest trees and understory.

Evergreen High School Hamm Creek Re-vegetation
2001 Steward: Clint Wilkens
Contact: Tony Liu, Evergreen High School teacher
Project Location: White Center neighborhood

The native plant steward is working with a high school teacher and class to study and restore a small section of Hamm Creek located near Highway 509 in White Center, a highly urban, low-income neighborhood just south of southwest Seattle. This stretch of the creek is dominated by non-native species but there are some existing trees and shrubs. Additional streamside plants will be added by the students and their survival and growth will be studied as a class project. The steward will assist the teacher and students in identifying the plants and planning for the restoration of the site. Goals of the project include enhancing the native woody species, removing invasives, reducing erosion into the stream and educating the students about tree growth.

For more information, call The Washington Native Plant Society at 206-527-3210 (or toll free 888-288-8022).