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Native Plant Stewards Team up with Communities in East King County

Stewards learning vegetation monitoring skills

Stewards learn vegetation monitoring skills in an outdoor activity with Seattle Urban Nature. Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

Stewards study a map

Stewards study a map on a field trip at Hamlin Park. Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

Stewards identify native plants

Stewards learning to identify native plants using hand lens. Photograph by Dangelei Fox. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

The WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program in East King County is partnering with the the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah and with King County Parks and Recreation in 2009 and 2010 to help restore natural areas within these communities. Our 2009 Native Plant Stewards completed their rigorous and popular 10-week training program learning about Western Washington native plant communities, native plant identification and habitat restoration. The training currently emphasizes urban forest ecology and environmental restoration practices to prepare Stewards for their volunteer restoration projects.

WNPS Native Plant Stewards put all they learn to work by teaming up to restore areas selected by our partners on the east side. Near the end of the training program, Stewards are divided into project restoration teams. Each team is assigned to a project of approximately 1-acre in size selected by our community partners. Utilizing what they have learned through the course of the training program teams then design and implement a restoration plan to restore, maintain and, and monitor their acre of habitat restoration.

Over the course of the following year, each steward dedicates at least 75 hours toward implementing the team's project plan.

These hours are spent:

  • Designing a plan to remove invasive plant species and to replace them with native plants
  • Creating maintenance and monitoring plans to ensure the project's success
  • Implementing the plans with their teammates and with volunteers as they host work parties with local community members.

Find out more about park projects and the stewardship teams:

This program made possible with support from our Community Partners:



Updated: March 5, 2015
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