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2000 and 2001 Native Plant Steward Projects, I-L

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Interbay P-Patch Native Plant Restoration
2001 Steward and Contact: Charles Weems
Location: Interbay neighborhood near 15th Ave W

The native plant steward will help plan for the removal of infestations of poison-hemlock and other invasive species from the south bank of the community garden and the installation of native trees and associated understory species. This is a long-term project because of the size of the area and degree of infestation by non-native invasive species but it will have an important impact because of the proximity of high-traffic roads, the Port of Seattle and other light industry and high density housing.

Interlaken Park Restoration and Stewardship
2001 Steward and Contact: Matthew Ramsay
Location: Interlaken Park, central Seattle

The native plant steward will work with Friends of Interlaken Park on the ongoing habitat improvement and reforestation plan for the park. The park has an existing canopy of primarily aging deciduous trees and is infested with clematis vine and other invasive species. Erosion problems have been created by mountain bike traffic and many casual trails on the steep slopes. Previous plantings need to be maintained and there is the need for many additional plantings of trees and other native species, especially conifers. The steward will work with the community group to identify needs for future grants, supervise and train volunteers, do outreach with the neighborhood and develop relationships with area schools and other groups and other activities as needed by the group. This project will build on the work of stewards from the previous two years as well as the work of the community group.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Native Plant Demonstration Garden
2000 Steward: Louise Luce
Contact: Steve Bell, Friends of Issaquah Hatchery, or Dan Chrisinger, 1999 Native Plant Steward
Project Location: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

As part of the Hatchery's education program, there is a 4000 square foot Native Plant Demonstration Garden. In the spring of 1999, Native Plant Stewards joined other groups to plant the garden with native trees and understory shrubs and perennials. Native plant stewards and members of the Washington Native Plant Society will continue as the long-term stewards of the Native Plant Garden. They will work within the framework of the overall hatchery project to develop interpretive signs, lead groups through the site on tours, and oversee the maintenance of the Native Plant Garden. There may also be opportunities for designing and installing additional native plantings. This project will reach many people since the Issaquah Hatchery is a huge tourist attraction. The annual Salmon Days Festival in October draws up to 200,000 people and the hatchery has a fairly steady stream of visitors year-round.

Ivy OUT Project
2000/2001 Stewards: Belinda Chin, Jim Thwing, Al Smith
Contact: Peter Noonan, Project Coordinator, WNPS
Location: Seward Park in southeast Seattle

Native plant stewards assist with an ivy removal project in Seattle's urban forests. The project is currently working on removing ivy from the trees at Seward Park, one of the most mature stands of native lowland forest in Seattle. Stewards work with other volunteers to remove ivy and plant trees in the cleared areas. In addition, one plant steward is creating a slide show of the project to be used to train volunteers at future ivy removal projects and to show the impacts of English ivy on forest trees and understory vegetation. Another steward is helping to write a neighborhood grant through Friends of Seward Park and a third steward is working with the Seattle Parks Department on long term management and maintenance plans to enhance and protect the natural forest areas of the park.

Judkins Community Garden Conifer Understory Enhancement
2000 Steward/Contact: Sean Phelan
Project Location: Central Seattle

The native plant steward is working to enhance the understory component of the existing conifer area of the property. Native forest understory plants are being installed and the soils are being enhanced by promoting fungal development and high organic matter. Maintaining the trees in this community garden is very beneficial to this high-density, low-income urban neighborhood which has minimal forested open space.

Kiwanis Ravine Preservation and Enhancement
2000 Steward/Contact: Donna Kostka
Project Location: Magnolia neighborhood near Discovery Park

The native plant steward Donna Kostka helped to form a citizens' volunteer group, the Kiwanis Ravine Heron Habitat Helpers (HHH) and is co-leader of the group. HHH initiated the addition of a street-right-of-way as a wildlife corridor leading to the Ravine, successfully applied for a Department of Neighborhoods $10,000 Small and Simple Award, and is in the process of hiring a consultant team to prepare a Kiwanis Ravine Management and Monitoring Plan/Report. HHH also has led work parties, held public events, published a brochure and newsletter, and has worked to build public awareness and assistance in preserving and enhancing this official "Greenspace" that is a part of the Seattle Parks and Recreation System. Kiwanis Ravine is just a block east of Discovery Park in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood. The native plant steward and HHH are working to preserve and enhance the urban forest and wildlife corridor at Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park and Natural Area in Magnolia for the long term goal of sustaining the Kiwanis Ravine great blue heron nesting colony (37 nests in 2000), the largest rookery within the city limits of Seattle, as well as other wildlife.

Kruckeberg Botanical Garden
2001 Steward/Contact: Deborah Ferber
Project Location: Shoreline

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 steward helps with maintaining and preserving this garden. In addition, she helps give tours of the garden and writes educational articles for local and national magazines explaining the importance of having large trees in the urban landscape.

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