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Current Program Information

Where: Pierce County
When: No new training planned at this time.

The 2009 Natural Areas Stewardship Training was developed by the Washington Native Plant Society in collaboration with the Cascade Land Conservancy and the Green Tacoma Partnership. Funding for the implementation of the Training in Pierce County in 2009 was provided by the Pierce Conservation District and the City of Tacoma through the Green Partnership Fund – as coordinated by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. In-kind services were also provided members, staff and experts affiliated with the Washington Native Plant Society, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

The Native Plant Stewardship Program, when offered seeks citizens who wish to learn about native plants, habitat restoration and become leaders in their communities.

Candidates that we seek:

  • You enjoy volunteering in the outdoor community and want to learn more about native plants in natural habitats.
  • You are interested in leading and educating others about habitat restoration via installation of native plants and the benefits of conserving natural habitats
  • You have experience as a volunteer and a commitment towards the coordination and implementation of community restoration utilizing native plant habitats.
  • You can lead or participate in a project that restores and/or protects natural habitat in Tacoma.
  • You are willing to become a member of WNPS, if selected for training.
  • You can attend at least 9 of 11 day-long Friday classes offered in Tacoma starting, January 16th, 2009 and continuing through March 27th, 2009; plus at least two of three all-day field trips to be held on Saturdays on February 21, February 28, and on March 7.
  • In return for satisfactory completion of the training, you can commit to volunteer at least 100 hours of your time within one year towards leadership or participation in urban habitat restoration and native plant education developed to support the Green Tacoma Partnership.

The 2009 Natural Areas Stewardship Training offered 100 hours of in-class training and field trips to selected individuals. The program included a wide range of topics useful for volunteers restoring and protecting native plants and natural areas in the lowland Puget Sound habitats of Tacoma and Pierce County.

Participants learned to identify plants growing in this region while developing an understanding of the area’s natural plant communities. Emphasis was on practical stewardship of natural open space areas, and the various means with which to lead and engage volunteers in related activities.

Classroom and field training was provided by a wide and interesting array of presenters. Specific topics presented:

  • Puget Sound Landscapes & Ecosystems
  • Pacific NW Soils
  • Maps, Assessments, Research
  • Introduction to Plant Identification
  • Introduction to Plant Morphology and Terminology
  • Threatened, Sensitive and Endangered Plant Species
  • Western WA Plant Ecology and Forest Ecosystems
  • Wetland Ecology & Regulations
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • ID & Management of Invasives/Noxious Weeds
  • Development of site management plans
  • Steward Team Development and Volunteer Management
  • Introductory Restoration Topics:
    • What is Biodiversity?
    • Site Assessment for Wetlands
    • Forest Ecology
    • Mapping & Surveying For Site Assessments
    • Restoring Riparian Areas and Stream Banks
    • Planning and Installing a Planting Plan
    • Propagating & Salvaging Native Plants
    • Vegetation and Site Monitoring

The eleven-week training included three consecutive Saturday field trips on February 21, February 28, and on March 7 (9:00 – 4:00 on all three days). Friday lectures were conducted at the Tacoma Nature Center (1919 South Tyler Street) from January 16th to March 27th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Saturday field trips provide a variety of winter to spring habitat, hands-on volunteer experience, and plant ID opportunities.

In return for the training, program participants commit to provide a minimum of 100 hours of leadership outreach, service and education towards a team-project that has been selected to benefit a Green Tacoma Partnership member organization. A portion of this time was also designated to the South Sound Chapter of WNPS, and/or to qualifying programs that the participant creates or with which they collaborate.

For more information, contact Catherine Hovanic at 206-527-3210 or by email wnps@wnps.org

Updated: March 6, 2015
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