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Washington Native Plant Society – Native Plant Stewardship Program Policy


The purpose of this policy is to implement the recommendations of “Defining WNPS Stewardship: A Washington Native Plant Society White Paper” reviewed and edited by the WNPS Stewardship Advisory Committee and adopted by the State Board of Directors on October 17, 2009. The white paper establishes guidelines for a core program in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties and contemplates the establishment of greater stewardship presence in WNPS chapters throughout the state.

It is recognized that continued expansion of the stewardship program, which may involve other chapters of the society, will require policy direction and guidance to ensure name recognition, integrity and intellectual property are maintained. Also, clear direction is needed to guide future partnerships and funding arrangements.

In addition, interest in extending the WNPS Stewardship Program to areas outside the King, Pierce and Snohomish counties has raised the question of the feasibility of providing alternative structures or formats for the program that could produce trained stewards and still maintain its quality and integrity. A restructured program may have significant potential to provide those new skills and leadership to assist smaller Chapters across the state. It is expected that the content of the core program and volunteer requirements would be modified to meet regional differences, local area commitments and priorities.


It shall be the policy of the Washington Native Plant Society that:

  1. The WNPS State Board Executive Committee assumes responsibility for policy oversight of the Native Plant Stewardship Program to maintain its quality and integrity.  Any proposed training program and contractual agreements that deviate from the core curriculum and program structure must be approved by the Executive Committee;
  2. The WNPS Executive Director and Stewardship Chair reviews all stewardship program materials and formally establishes appropriate materials as the society’s intellectual property.  The review must be completed and/or updated prior to the approval of stewardship contractual agreements;
  3. WNPS adopts and incorporates the concepts and principles of a white paper “Defining WNPS Stewardship” into a core program published as a WNPS Stewardship Program Manual that will be available to all chapters, program coordinators and potential partners; and
  4. WNPS endorses and encourages the concept of establishing a stewardship presence in the Society’s chapters and may work with interested chapters to facilitate successful programs.

See also: Defining WNPS Stewardship: A Washington Native Plant Society White Paper

Approved by the Executive Board: October 17, 2009

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Updated: March 7, 2015
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