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Home > Native Plant Stewardship Program > King County

2000 and 2001 Native Plant Steward Projects, M-O

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Magnuson Park/Promontory Point Habitat Restoration
2001 Steward: Rick Thompson
Contacts: Bonnie Miller, volunteer coordinator for MESA
Project Location: North Seattle, Sand Point neighborhood

Young volunteers at Magnuson Park.This is an ongoing project that Native Plant Stewards have contributed to for several years. 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. Native Plant Stewards provide help with the planning and carrying out of the forest habitat and wetlands restoration projects in this large, north Seattle park on Lake Washington. 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 as well as 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. In addition, they would like the natural habitat areas to be a living laboratory and outdoor school for children and adults throughout the city. Native plant stewards contribute both by their knowledge about native plants and their abilities to teach others about native plant habitat.

Mapes Creek/52nd Ave S Walkway
(pedestrian path between Rainier Ave and S. Henderson St.)
2000 Steward: Margaret Bergman
Contact: Lynn Miner, Rainier Beach resident
Project Location: Rainier Beach, South Seattle

The steward is working with members of the community group Friends of the Neighborhood Lake WA Apartments and other residents to plan the installation of native trees and understory plants along a newly developed public path/walkway. This is a well-used right-of-way in the commercial center of Rainier Beach connecting Rainier Ave S. and S. Henderson St. The pathway is currently a trash and weed-covered undeveloped alley bordered by ditches from Mapes Creek which surfaces at the south end of the walkway on its way to Lake Washington. The larger project includes the goal of planting native trees and associated shrubs and perennials along the walkway and in the Mapes Creek swales alongside the pathway. The introduction of trees and associated natural vegetation along this highly degraded urban walkway will have a strong, positive impact on the environment and the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Marra Farm South Park Upland Planting Project
2000/2001 Stewards: Helen Roberts, Clint Wilkens
Contact: Laura Raymond, Marra Farm Coalition
Project Location: South Park neighborhood of Seattle

The native plant stewards work with community members and volunteers at South Park Marra Farm to plant the upland area of the property between the gardens and the stream with native trees and associated plants and to design an interpretive trail. This project will enhance and buffer the recently "daylighted" stream and riparian plantings done by a neighborhood group and the King Conservation District and will directly benefit and involve lower-income urban residents who live in the area and participate in the garden programs. The stewards also assist with planting native trees and shrubs near the parking lot to increase the shade and wildlife benefits and serve as an attractive buffer between the street and the farm. A future goal is to remove invasive species on two sides of the property and plant additional tree and understory species.

Mercer Middle School Native Ecological Restoration
2000 Stewards: Mary Clare Schroeder, Belinda Chin
Contact: Sarah Carlson, science teacher
Project Location: Mercer Middle School, Beacon Hill/Jefferson Park area of South Seattle

The native plant stewards worked with the teachers, students and VISTA volunteers of Mercer Middle School and Cleveland High School and community members to help create and maintain a native forest habitat landscaping area on the school grounds. The area is currently overgrown predominantly with non-native and invasive plant species but does have some trees and native understory plants. The goal for the landscape design is a low-maintenance, water-wise plan that is also aesthetic and that demonstrates natural forest plant communities. Existing trees will be maintained and new trees and understory plants added as appropriate to the site conditions. The service activities of the project for the students will be tied to classroom curriculum. Possible community partners besides the Washington Native Plant Society include Homestead Community Landtrust, Jefferson Park Alliance, North Beacon Hill Council, and Vietnamese Seniors Association. Plant stewards assisted with leading educational and service activities, developing curriculum and obtaining and installing native plant materials.

Mercer Slough Nature Park Habitat Restoration Monitoring
2000 Stewards: Ron Green and Janet Wall
Contact: Geoff Bradley, Bellevue Parks and Community Services
Project Location: Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue

The native plant stewards monitor several recently installed habitat enhancement projects. This includes designing monitoring protocol, collecting data and developing reports on growth and survival rates of installed native conifers, deciduous trees and understory plants. Without the work of the stewards, these projects will not be monitored systematically making it difficult for the Bellevue Parks Department to plan appropriate maintenance. Invasive plant species are a key problem at these sites and monitoring is needed to determine appropriate actions.

Mid-Sound Fisheries Native Tree and Shrub Nursery
2001 Steward: Mark Baker
Contact: Laura Wilson, Mid-Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Project Location: Keta Creek Hatchery, 212th Ave SE and SE Green Valley Rd (east of Auburn)

The steward will work with the Mid-Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group to re-organize and maintain a nursery and holding facility for native trees and shrubs being used in habitat restoration projects in south King County. In addition, he will lead work parties and volunteers in nursery activities and in planting projects. In addition to providing a place to prepare plants for re-vegetation projects, future goals for the nursery include creating a community resource for teaching the public about native plants and native plant propagation and providing native plant materials for community restoration projects. This fall, the steward will also be helping to organize and lead work parties for a forested wetland restoration project on a private property on the outskirts of Enumclaw.

Mt. View Elementary Wildlife Garden and Nature Education
2001 Steward: Roberta Roberts
Contact: Melinda Baldwin, 1st grade teacher
Project Location: White Center neighborhood in Seattle

The native plant steward will help to create, install and maintain a teaching garden at an elementary school. Melinda Baldwin, a 1st grade teacher at Mt. View Elementary School, is working to create a native plant garden and a special butterfly garden which will provide food for both the larvae and adults of common Puget Sound butterflies. The school district has a science unit for 2nd and 5th grade in which the children raise Painted Lady caterpillars to adults. The teacher wants to enrich this unit by teaching the children other common butterflies of this region and grow the food sources to attract them. They have a garden club that meets after school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45 to 4:45. It is full of enthusiastic children who love to work in the garden. The school is at 10811 12th Ave SW and is in a low income area of the city with a very ethnically diverse community.

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