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2002-2003 Native Plant Steward Projects by Geographic Area

This list includes past and current projects of native plant stewards trained in King County. Stewards' names and phone numbers are provided here so you can contact them about their projects: to volunteer, to visit, or just to hear about what is going on in your neighborhood.

General | Northwest Seattle | Northeast Seattle | Central Seattle | Southeast Seattle | West Seattle | Shoreline | Lake Forest Park | Bellevue | Mercer Island | Issaquah Area | Southwest King County | Vashon Island | Renton | Kent | Southeast King County | Cascade Mountains | Pierce County


Growing Wild and Greener Gardens
2002 Native Plant Steward: Anne Triola
A new garden consulting program of WNPS. For more information:  Growing Wild

Ivy OUT Public Education Project and Web Page
2003 Steward: Pam Burton and

2001 Steward: Rita Moore
Check out the web site www.ivyout.org, help spread the word, join existing Ivy OUT pulls or start your own Ivy OUT in a nearby greenspace.

King County Native Plant Salvages
Greg Rabourn, 206-296-1923
Many native plant stewards over the years have helped salvage native plants from sites that are scheduled to be bulldozed. The salvaged trees and shrubs are later planted at various public restoration sites throughout the county.

Seattle Parks Nursery/Greenhouse Support
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Joy Vanderwerff
Joy is helping Seattle Parks staff and volunteers with native plant seed collection, propagation and salvage. Salvage material is used in park restoration projects such as Deadhorse Canyon and Schmitz Park.  Seed collecting will be done for forest understory plants not readily available.

Slide Show Management and Development
1996 Native Plant Steward:  Marcia Rivers Smith

Contact: WNPS office, 206-527-3210
Check out a slide show with text for your neighbors or community group. New slide show programs are also needed-use existing or new slides and create a new script. Gardening with Native Plants, Gardening for Wildlife, and Native Plant Identification slide sets are available.

WNPS Native Plant Sale
Numerous native plant stewards help with planning, organizing salvages, purchasing plants, coordinating volunteers, working before and during the sale and all other aspects of this annual spring plant sale sponsored by the CPS Chapter. Contact Holly Sawin at holly_sawin@yahoo.com

WNPS Office and Work Party Support
Native Plant Stewards:  many stewards

Contact: Catherine Hovanic at 206-527-3210.
There are many short-term and ongoing projects at the WNPS office in Sand Point that stewards and other volunteers can help with.

WNPS Seed & Bulb Sale
1998 Native Plant Steward: Kathleen Winters
2004 Native Plant Steward:  Holly Sawin

This sale takes place once a year, in the fall. Volunteer opportunities include packaging, seed and bulb donations, passing out flyers, signage, and publicity, and help on the day of the sale with sharing knowledge and cashiering.

Northwest Seattle

Golden Gardens Park Forest Restoration
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Kristy Berg
Join the effort to reduce the impact of invasives on the forested slopes of upper Golden Gardens Park. The upland forest area above Golden Gardens Park has an understory dominated by invasives and there are also issues of erosion.  Stewards work with other volunteers to remove invasives, plant native plants and maintain new plantings.

Golden Gardens Wetland Stewardship
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Carolyn Clark
Restoration of marine-influenced, fresh water wetland at Golden Gardens Park. Volunteers are needed. Regular work parties are the first and third Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon.


Seattle Tilth Native Plant Demonstration Gardens
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Krissy Biernacki
The gardens at Wallingford's Good Shepherd Center are being renovated and redesigned with more native plant areas.

Northeast Seattle

Homewood Park Habitat Restoration
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Deb Ferber
Homewood Park is a pocket of greenspace along Thornton Creek next to busy Lake City Way and surrounded by businesses and apartment buildings. This project is part of a watershed-wide effort to improve the native habitat along the Thornton Creek corridor.

Magnuson Park Community Garden Nursery
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Rick Thompson
A big, new multi-use community garden being created at Sand Point will include a native plant nursery, and Rick will be representing both MESA and WNPS on this project.

Magnuson Park Native Plant and Wildlife Enhancement
2002 Native Plant Stewards:  Mary Bicknell and Rick Thompson
MESA has work parties at Promontory Point and there are many other activities in the park that can use help from native plant enthusiasts.

Ravenna Park Native Plant Restoration, Outdoor Education and Demo Garden
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Alice Cummings
Native plant gardening, forest restoration, stream and wetland enhancement, working with school children - Ravenna Park has it all! Volunteers welcomed.

Union Bay Natural Area Stewardship
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Matthew Ramsay
This natural area is a mix of habitats including wetlands, uplands, meadows and open water along Lake Washington near the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Restoration plans include enhancing the wetlands and planting trees and shrubs to replace invasive species and add shade.

Central Seattle

Discovery Park Plant Inventory
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Martha Beard and many others!
A team of native plant stewards are undertaking an inventory of the vegetation at Discovery Park to help measure the results of ongoing restoration efforts. You can help collect plant data or adopt an area of your own to maintain.

Frink Park Habitat Restoration
1998 Native Plant Steward:  John Barber
Reforestation and native plant restoration of a 15-acre Seattle park near Lake Washington and the Central Area. Since 1999 the Friends of Frink Park, with the help of student groups and others, have completed a Frink Park Concept Plan, undertaken habitat restoration projects along streams and in pocket wetlands in the park, removed large amounts of ivy and other invasive plants, and constructed high-quality trails through the park. A committed group of volunteers meets regularly for work parties to continue the restoration of this important urban forest in Seattle.

Kiwanis Ravine Heron Habitat Helpers
2000 Native Plant Steward:  Donna Kostka

2002 Native Plant Stewards:  Alice Marsh and Mike Marsh
Heron Habitat Helpers is a small but dedicated group whose leadership includes three native plant stewards. They will be doing ivy removal in Kiwanis Ravine, just east of Discovery Park, to benefit the great blue heron colony there. Call for information on scheduled work parties, meeting points and what to bring.

Northeast Queen Anne (Fifth and Blaine) Greenbelt Restoration
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Charles Weems
This new city park includes a ravine with many big trees and some wonderful native plants, but also many invasives. Charlie is working with the neighborhood group to remove invasives and help native plants grow in the understory.

Washington Park Arboretum Habitat Restoration
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Joan Karkeck
The native plant areas of the Arboretum are being restored and replanted by the Friends of the Arboretum volunteers to enhance habitat and diversity.

Southeast Seattle

Bradner Gardens Native Plant Area
2002 Native Plant Steward:  David Berger
Join the team to steward the native plant habitat area of this unique garden park in the Mt. Baker neighborhood.

Deadhorse Canyon/Taylor Creek Restoration
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Darrell Dobson
This natural treasure in southeast Seattle is being lovingly restored by volunteers. Work parties are held on the third Saturday of each month.

Hitt's Hill Greenspace Restoration
2001 Native Plant Steward:  Leina Johansson

2003 Native Plant Steward:  Betsy Lyons
Hitt's Hill greenspace is about 22 city lots on a wooded slope recently purchased by the City of Seattle to preserve as a greenspace/park. Call for information on work parties. Snacks and tools will be provided. For directions, volunteers can email Leina (leina@stanfordalumni.org) or see her at the Columbia City Farmer's Market.

Madrona Woods Environmental Education
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Lynn Prewitt and Jane Titland
Stewards are joining the Friends of Madrona Woods to work with school groups on restoration service learning projects throughout the school year.


Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint Park
2002 Native Plant Steward:  David Berger
David is helping to plan a new park with a gorgeous view and a native plant area.

Seward Park Ivy OUT
2003 Native Plant Steward: Pam Burton and

2002 Native Plant Steward: Al Smith
Join with Friends of Seward Park, Earth Corps, native plant stewards and other volunteers to remove ivy from the forests of Seward Park.

The Wetlands at Pritchard Beach
1999 Native Plant Steward:  Fred Stark
This is a long term-project to restore and reconnect the wetlands in the park with Lake Washington. Visit this wonderful place to see the transformation from turf to diverse native habitat with areas for both people and wildlife.

West Seattle

Camp Long Habitat Building
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Becky Bykowski
Teach, learn and practice how to restore habitat for native wildlife and plants at the Camp Long Nature Center's Habitat Building parties. Plant salvaged plants, sow seeds, build critter homes and eat heartily at the lunch feast following. Call for information on upcoming dates.

Longfellow Creek Greenspace Restoration
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Andrew Fox
Continuing the work of steward Wendy Hughes-Jelen, Andy will care for this greenspace next to Chief Sealth High School and work to involve the students in integrated learning service projects. The greenspace will also be a major stop along a new Longfellow Creek trail project.

Roxhill Wetland Restoration
2002 Native Plant Stewards:  Scott Blackstock and Clint Wilkens
A peat bog in West Seattle? A unique and exciting project at the historical headwaters of Longfellow Creek is well underway. More peat bog area will be opened up soon and thousands more native plants will be added. Monitoring and maintenance are year-round efforts.

Schmitz Park Preserve Restoration and Citizen Education - Web Page Project
2002 Native Plant Steward:  Deborah Mendenhall
The web page will help educate the public about native plants and volunteer efforts at the park. Volunteers are needed for ongoing efforts to restore the forests, remove invasives, and plant natives. Friends of Schmitz Park Work Parties: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., last Saturday of each month, rain or shine. Contact: Jefferson Saunders at jcsaunders@aol.com or Ken Shaw at 206-937-2718.


Twin Ponds Park Forest Enhancement
John Dixon, 206-363-2987
Native plant stewards and other community volunteers have been working hard for many years to enhance this urban park's forested areas and shoreline. Over 160 trees have been planted from 200 taxa, creating a small arboretum. Work continues to maintain these plantings, control invasive species, and add more plants. The park is located in south Shoreline at NE 150th St. and 1st Ave NE.

Meridian Park
Dick Decker 206-542-1552
Over 3 acres of wetland and woodland habitat was hiding under blackberries, ivy and holly until the neighborhood association coordinated by Dick Decker got to work. Over 800 native plants have been put in including trees, shrubs, emergents and native wildflowers that are appropriate to the site conditions.

Kruckeberg Botanical Garden
Deb Ferber, 206-440-8289 and Heather Nelson, 206-709-8838
Stewards have joined with the Kruckebergs and the Foundation members to maintain these gardens, which are a woodland sanctuary in an increasingly developed Shoreline. More volunteers are needed to help in the nursery and to continue the work on the gardens.

Paramount Park Natural Area
Richard Tinsley, 206-367-7060
This open-space part of the park has been transformed from a filled wetland covered by blackberries to a peaceful natural area with two ponds connected to existing streams and wetlands. Volunteers continue to fight noxious and obnoxious weeds, such as Himalayan blackberry, Japanese knotweed and bindweed. If you would like to help, contact Richard or Janet Way, president of Paramount Park Neighborhood Group (PPNG) at 206-365-4477.

Lake Forest Park

LFP Stewardship Foundation
Mamie Bolender, 206-364-4410 and Liane Newman, 206-63-3431
Mamie, Liane and other community members have worked for 9 years to preserve a wetland area in Lake Forest Park threatened with development. Recently the city purchased a big portion of the wetland as park land and the Foundation also received a grant to restore Brookside Creek, which flows from the wetland. The restoration work is underway and there are plans for trails and interpretive signs as well.


Mercer Slough Vegetation Monitoring and Maintenance
Ambika Anand Prokop, 206-443-9990
Ambika will join the effort to restore this valuable wetland with native plants and monitor the results.

Vasa Creek Drainage Restoration and Community Stewardship
Jane Titland, 425-747-1698
There is much to do here with ivy removal, plant salvage and planting natives, as well as getting the adjoining neighborhoods involved. Contact Jane for information on volunteer needs.

Mercer Island

Ellis Pond Park Stewardship
Lynn Prewitt, 206-232-2278
Ellis Pond Park is a 2.5-acre neighborhood park/wetland in the center of Mercer Island. The pond comprises about one-fifth of the park area. It is fed by a small spring and storm water runoff, so its size varies throughout the year depending on rainfall. Many native trees, shrubs and perennials surround the pond, which is a summer home for wood ducks as well as year-round home for mallards. Call Lynn for work party details and directions.

Fern Hollow Restoration
Rita Moore, 206-275-3883
Fern Hollow is a ravine containing an unnamed stream that flows into Lake Washington. The steward's goals include restoring the riparian vegetation, planting the steep hillsides with native trees, removing invasives, helping neighbors improve their landscapes with native vegetation, improving wildlife habitat, and providing a demonstration restoration site for Mercer Island residents.

Luther Burbank Park Wetland
Jane Titland, 425-747-1698
Continuing the work of past stewards Eli Gold, Brett Johnson and others, Jane will work with King County Parks to restore and maintain the wetland at Luther Burbank Park. Contact Jane or Tina Miller at 206-296-1955.

Mercer Island Ivy OUT and Homeowner Education
Rita Moore, 206-275-3883
Rita is working on creating an initiative for a major removal of ivy (plus other invasives) on public lands on Mercer Island. This will include a major education program to get homeowners to remove ivy and other invasives from private property. Rita also does homeowner education for Mercer Island residents on topics such as native plant gardening, increasing wildlife habitat, and native plant identification.

Issaquah Area

Chickadee Hill Restoration Project
Janet Wall, 425-392-5506
This is a privately-owned site with a conservation easement with the Cascade Land Conservancy. Efforts are being made to remove non-native blackberry, reed canary grass, English holly, and other invasive species and replace them with native plants to enhance the wildlife habitat.

City of Issaquah Stream and Wetland Stewardship
Janet Wall, 425-392-5506
There are a variety of projects involving planting native plants and caring for them near Issaquah's streams and in wetlands. Volunteers can join Janet on one of her projects along the creek or contact Chrys Bertolotto, 425-837-3442, at the City of Issaquah to find out how to join the effort to restore and protect the Issaquah Creek watershed.

Red Town Meadow
Jennifer Bauer, 425-836-3461; Shannon Bailey, 206-527-8501; Janet Wall, 425-392-5506; Fred Stark, 206-725-3629; and others
This site in Cougar Mountain Park has been planted with native meadow species. Work parties to plant and maintain the meadow are usually scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the month during the growing season. Team leaders are needed to coordinate work parties. Contact Ann Weinmann, 425-392-9230, for more information.

Southwest King County

Des Moines City Park Nature Walk
Ed LaCrosse, 206-878-1573
The purpose of this project is to create a path through City Park that can be used by schools and youth groups to educate children about native plants growing in a natural habitat in this community. Needed are plant materials and more volunteers to help plant natives, control weeds and maintain the plantings.

Des Moines Creek Restoration
Rena Hamburger, 206-878-6355 and Ed LaCrosse, 206-878-1573
Rena and Ed and other volunteers from Friends of Des Moines Creek have been working to re-vegetate the banks of the creek with native trees and shrubs and to control invasives. Help is needed to continue the work and maintain the existing plantings.

Huntington Park Native Plant Garden and Greenbelt
Allen Davenport, 206-824-7675
This senior residential area covers 13 acres. When Allen started, the area was forested with alder and willows that were in decline and an understory of blackberry and ivy. In order to get material to plant, Allen started a native plant nursery on-site with over 500 native trees and shrubs. Since 1996, an average of 200 trees and shrubs have been planted in the greenbelt every year. Allen also established several small demonstration gardens with a total of 100 different species of native plants. Huntington Park is located at S. 248th St. and Marine View Drive in Des Moines.

Tukwila Pond Park
Tim Carpentier, 425-277-2211
Tucked away near Southcenter Mall is a city park with big cottonwoods along the shoreline of a pond. Volunteers have converted a gravel lot to a growing garden with over 1,000 new native trees and shrubs. Conifers and other trees will be added and invasives removed to create a shady sanctuary in the hot, paved environment of urban south King County. Volunteers are needed to help plant and care for the new trees.

White Center Heights and Arbor Lake Habitat Stewardship
Linda Wallace, 206-767-7774 and Roberta Roberts, 206-932-1976
King County Parks restored the habitat along the lake shores in these two small urban parks by planting natives and removing invasives. The stewards monitor and maintain these plantings to help the plants thrive.

Vashon Island

Christensen Pond Watershed
Sherene Zolno, 206-463-6374
The Vashon Maury Island Land Trust recently purchased the Christensen Pond property. It is an important forested and wetland area on Vashon Island that flows out to Colvos Passage. Sherene will be helping with baseline surveying of native plants, preparing the survey report and recommendations, and removing invasive species. The Land Trust is working on a restoration plan and development plan that will open the area to the public at a low-impact level.

VMILT Native Plant Demo Garden
Helen Meeker, 206-463-9773
The garden provides the landscape for the entrance of the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust building. Helen carefully chose plants that were adapted to the south-facing, hot site and that offered the building shade in summer and sun in winter. Native plants from shrubby edge habitat, meadow and alpine communities were perfect for the site. A group of garden stewards are providing ongoing maintenance while learning about the various native plants. A descriptive brochure is planned.


Renton Black River Streamside Restoration
Troy Deady, 425-271-8625
The banks of the Black River in Renton are dominated by invasives. Troy is joining up with the City of Renton and the Friends of the Black River to start the long process of restoring the riverbanks to native riparian habitat.

Wetland Plant Cooperative, King Conservation District
Many native plant stewards volunteer at this unique native plant cooperative. Volunteers can earn credits for native plants in exchange for work. (WNPS gets many of its plants for the plant sale from here in return for volunteer credits.) The staff members are a great source of advice for restoration projects and the nursery is a good place to meet other volunteers and learn about their projects. Nursery days are usually scheduled for the second and fourth Fridays and Saturdays of each month, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact Debbie Meisinger, 206-764-3410, ext. 119.


Kent Wetland Maintenance and Citizen Education Mike Harrell, 253-931-8515
The City of Kent's new wetland program maintains over 35 wetlands and educates neighbors about the benefits of wetlands near their homes.

Southeast King County

Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Mike Harrell, 253-931-8515; Barbara Atrops, 253-639-4806; and Mark Baker, 253-735-3794
Stewards are joining the effort to restore fish habitat in southeast King County.

Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship Native Plant Awareness K-6 Camp
Barbara Atrops, 253-639-4806
Barb developed a new curriculum on native plant awareness for young students-tested first at a church camp and then developed for use by home-school groups and others.

Shadow Lake Bog Preservation, Stewardship and Citizen Education
Erin Wojewodzki-Prinsen, 425-432-9965
Erin and Max Prinsen along with other volunteers formed Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW) and have been working to preserve and restore this unique, beautiful and important sphagnum peat bog. Regular work parties and many other opportunities exist for volunteers to help out.

Cascade Mountains

Iron Goat Trail Project
Janet Wall, 425-392-5506
This trail is being constructed, largely by volunteers, along an abandoned section of the Great Northern Railroad near Stevens Pass. Work parties to build and maintain the trail are scheduled most Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October. Native plant volunteers help lead native plant interpretive hikes, maintain native plantings at the trailhead, and remove invasive species along the trail. Contact Janet for information about helping out in 2003.

Snoqualmie Bog Natural Area Preserve Monitoring
Fred Stark, 206-725-3629
After receiving special training from Washington Department of Natural Resources, Fred monitors this botanically rich preserve regularly throughout the year.

Pierce County

Buckley Gulch Restoration
Victoria Olson, 253-759-5637
Buckley Gulch is a large ravine composed of public and private properties. The gulch used to be a great natural resource for north Tacoma but has become degraded by invasive plant species, trash, and other abuses. Help of all sorts is needed as this project gets underway.

Citizens for a Healthy Bay Volunteer Training
Fred Stark, 206-725-3629
Fred is training volunteers in the Tacoma area to identify native and invasive wetland and estuarine species to assist with the group's ongoing restoration projects along Puget Sound, such as one on the lower Hylebos Creek estuary.

Puget Creek Riparian Habitat Restoration
Scott Hansen, 253-845-6578
Restoration of the riparian corridor of Puget Creek and the associated wetland area in north Tacoma has involved many hundreds of volunteers over the past few years and there is still much to be done. Regular work parties the second Saturday of every month from 9 to 12.