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Seattle to Tacoma     Everett and North Sound     Olympia to Vancouver

Seattle to Tacoma - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Bellevue

The City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department Natural Resource Division manages 1347 acres of Bellevue's 1888 acres of park land to maximize multiple public benefits including land buffering, wildlife habitat, passive recreation and water quality. Visit: www.ci.bellevue.wa.us

Key staff include:
Dan DeWald
450 110th Ave. NE, P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
T:425-452-6881
ddewald@ci.bellevue.wa.us

Redmond

The City of Redmond has 1000 acres of developed parkland and 300 acres of undeveloped parkland. The city has conducted several restoration projects along trails and roadway shoulders, including the River Walk on the Samammish River and the Watershed Preserve area. Visit:
www.ci.redmond.wa.us/recreationarts/recreation_arts.asp

For more information contact:
Park Operations
15670 NE 85 St
Redmond, WA 98052
T:425.556.2311
redmondparks@redmond.gov

Seattle

Seattle has many native plant projects throughout the city, and has its own nursery for growing native plants. For more information on this nursery or other city efforts related to naturescaping please contact Park and Recreation Department staff. www.seattle.gov/PARKS/

Forward all questions regarding native plant projects within the Parks to:
Parks and Recreation Department
Parks & Recreation Administration Building
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
T:206.684.4075

Seattle's Public Utilities Department - Conservation and Environment Division provides free information on beneficial landscaping practices and sustainability. Visit: www.cityofseattle.net/util/rescons/default.htm then click Natural Landscaping or Natural Lawn or Landscape Professionals or another.

For more information on Conservation and Environment Division's Programs contact:
Seattle Public Utilities
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4900
PO Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124
Reception: T:(206) 684-3000

Snohomish County

Snohomish County Native Plant Salvage Project
Many volunteer opportunities to assist in plant salvages and learn more about native plant ecology.
Scott Moore, Native Plant Salvage Coordinator
T:425.388.3464, ext.6462
3000 Rockefeller Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Public_Works/Divisions/SWM/Work_Areas/Outreach/Native_Plants/default.htm

Tacoma

Tacoma Parks and Recreation manages approximately 1,730 acres of parklands, about 600 of which is developed. Tacoma boasts several natural areas including Point Defiance Park which is primarily forest, Swan Creek natural area, tidal lands, wet lands, the Nature Center at Snake Lake and a native garden at Point Defiance. Visit: www.tacomaparks.com

Key staff include:
Kristi Evans, Planning and Development Manager
Parks Department
4702 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
T:253.305.1054
kristie@tacomaparks.com

Marina Becker, Program Manager Horticulture & Landscape
T:253.591.5328
marinab@tacomaparks.com

Non-Profit Assistance in Seattle to Tacoma

King County Native Plant Salvage Project
Offers workshops on Naturescaping and native plant salvage. Conducts native plant salvages four times a year. Their website has a lot of useful information about sustainability and native plants. For more information contact:
Greg Rabourn
T:206.296.1923
greg.rabourn@kingcounty.gov
www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/volunteer/plant-salvage-program.aspx

Kitsap Conservation District
Kitsap Conservation District offers information on native plants and has annual tree and shrub sales. Their website has information on beneficial landscape practices.
Sandy Jacobson, NPSP Coordinator
1386 SE Lund Avenue, Suite 1
Port Orchard, WA 98366
T:360.337.7171
kcd@wa.nacdnet.org
www.kitsapcd.org

Native Plant Salvage Programs
Native plant salvage programs engage volunteers to collect native plants from land scheduled for development. The paltns are cared for and/or replanted at sites where water quality and wildlife habitat has been compromised or needs enhancement. The salvaged plants are used to create buffers along streams and wetlands and in residential landscapes. In addition to the salvaging activities, a series of public workshops, lectures and field experiences are commonly offered.
In King County: www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/volunteer/plant-salvage-program.aspx
In Pierce County: www.ssstewardship.org
In Snohomish County: www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Public_Works/Divisions/SWM/Work_Areas/Outreach/Native_Plants/default.htm

Plant Amnesty
Plant Amnesty advocates for urban landscape management and provides a referral service to landscape professionals that provide naturescaping services.
P.O. Box 15377
Seattle, WA 98115-0377
T:206.783.9813
www.plantamnesty.org

Seattle Audubon's - Gardening for Life Program
Gardening for Life runs free naturescaping workshops in Seattle and King County. Look under conservation on the Seattle Audubon website for more information.
Lauren Braden
8050 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
T:206.523.8243, ext.14
conservation@seattleaudubon.org
www.seattleaudubon.org

Seattle Tilth Association
Their emphasis is on organic gardening, but they promote ecologically beneficial gardening and are a clearinghouse of information on composting and related subjects.
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 1
Seattle, Washington 98103
T:206.633.0451
tilth@seattletilth.org
www.seattletilth.org

Washington Native Plant Society
Website has sections on naturescaping, plant salvage programs and related events.
Washington Native Plant Society
6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215E, Seattle, WA 98115
T:206.527.3210
wnps@wnps.org
www.wnps.org
Publications: Douglasia, a quarterly journal.

See also nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy and others on the Rural Assistance page.

Academics in Seattle to Tacoma

This section includes contact information for locally based individuals who are capable of teaching naturescaping classes or workshops. Contact information for educational institutions that provide professional degrees relating to naturescaping are also provided in this section, yet further below.

Victoria Olson, Landscape Designer and Contractor
Puget Sound Native Landscape
T:253.759.5637
gardens@seanet.com
Also runs Design Your Own Native Landscape Workshops through Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington, Spring Quarter and the City of University Place, Washington, Winter Quarter (call or email her for exact workshop dates).

Brett Johnson
Mercer Island, WA
T:206.232.5734
bnbjohns@home.com

The following educational institutions provide professional degrees relating to naturescaping:

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
UW provides degree programs in landscape architecture. An emphasis in naturescaping is possible. For more information contact:
Iain Robertson, Department Head - Landscape Architecture
348 Gould Hall Box 355734
Seattle WA 98195-5734
T:206.543.9246
iainmr@u.washington.edu
www.caup.washington.edu/HTML/LARCH/

UW Center for Urban Horticulture (in the College of Forest Resources) provides a "Restoration Ecology" certificate in a BA program and an MS/PhD program in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry. For more information contact:
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott
Center for Urban Horticulture
Box 354115
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
lindacs@wsu.edu
www.uwbotanicgardens.org

Note that Washington State University coordinates the Master Gardener program through WSU Extension Service. While Master Gardeners typically know little about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information see: gardening.wsu.edu

Native Plant Stewardship Training Programs
WNPS and partners annually offer Native Plant Stewardship programs that provide 100 hours of in-class training and field trips to individuals meeting program objectives. Training covers restoring and protecting native platns and natural areas in Puget Sound habitats of King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Participatns learn to identify plants growing in the region and to understand the natural plant communities that esisted before developemtn. Program participants agree to provide a minimum of 100 hours of outreach, service and education towards a project of their choice.
In King County: dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/pi/salopps.htm
In Pierce County: www.ssstewardship.org
In Snohomish County: www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Public_Works/Divisions/SWM/Work_Areas/Outreach/Native_Plants/default.htm

We also recommend inquiring at local community colleges to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

Everett and North Sound - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Anacortes

Anacortes operates 2,220 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands as well as many large parks including Mount Erie. Many of Anacortes' native plantings are at water treatment sites. Soon, the Parks Department will be restoring Guemes Channel Park with natives to create a waterfront park. Visit: www.cityofanacortes.org

Key staff include:
Gary Robinson, Director of Parks and Recreation
Parks Department
P.O. Box 547
Anacortes, WA 98221
T:360.293.1918
gary@cityofanacortes.org

Bellingham

The City of Bellingham manages 2000 acres of upland park, natural areas and other lands. About 1900 acres is in native condition or in the process of being restored. The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department routinely incorporates native plantings and habitat restoration into its capital projects for recreation enhancement. The Parks and Recreation Department also partners with community organizations and volunteers in projects that involve the removal of noxious plants, site preparation, planting native plants and related maintenance. Native plant projects can be found at Whatcom Falls Park, Paddon Lake Park and Birchwood Park. Visit: www.cob.org/parks/index.htm

Parks and Recreation
3424 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98225
T:360.778.7000
Email: parks@cob.org

Everett

Everett is propagating many natives in their nursery for use in park plantings. Some of these plantings are at Lowell Riverfront Park, Forrest Park and Howarth Park. www.ci.everett.wa.us

Non-Profit Assistance in Everett and North Sound

Audubon Society - Gardening for Life Program
Gardening for Life provides free naturescaping workshops. Look under conservation on the following website: www.seattleaudubon.org

Washington Native Plant Society
Website has sections on naturescaping, plant salvage programs and related events. Visit: www.wnps.org


Academics - Everett and North Sound

This section includes contact information for locally based individuals who are capable of teaching naturescaping classes or workshops.

For a referral to an individual who can teach a class or workshop on naturescaping it is suggested to inquire with:
Plant Amnesty at www.plantamnesty.org or
Jonathan Schilk, Landscape Architect at the City of Bellingham
T:360.676.6985
jschilk@cob.org

Note that Washington State University coordinates the Master Gardener program through WSU Extension Service. While Master Gardeners typically know little about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information see: http://gardening.wsu.edu/text/about.htm

We also recommend inquiring at local community colleges to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

Olympia to Vancouver - Municipal (alphabetically by city)

Longview

The city has no real native plant projects, except one mitigation effort at the In Farm Industrial Park. Visit: www.mylongview.com/parks_rec

Key staff include:
Richard Bemm, Director of Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Department
2920 Douglas Street
Longview, WA 98632
T:360.442.5400

Olympia

Olympia Parks and Recreation operates between 750-1000 acres of parkland.
Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department
Street Address: 222 Columbia Street NW
Mailing Adress: PO Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
T:360.753.8380
olympiaparks@ci.olympia.wa.us
www.olympiawa.gov

State of Washington

Natural Area Preserve Program Forest Resources Division
PO Box 47000
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Tel: 360-902-1000
fpd@dnr.wa.gov
www.dnr.wa.gov
The Washington Department of Natural Resources manages approximately 26,000 acres in 46 Natural Area Preserves (NAPs) throughout the state. Reserves were established to protect high-quality examples of typical or unique natural features. Emphasis is on rare plant or animal communities. Protected habitats include grasslands, wetlands, high- and low-elevation forests and rock cliffs.

Vancouver

Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation operates 549 acres of parkland within the city. Their native plant projects focus on restorative measures. Parks with natural areas include: Salmon Creek Greenway at Turtle Pond, Daybreak Park, Vancouver Lake Park and Moulton Falls. Visit: www.ci.vancouver.wa.us/parks-recreation

Address: Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation
603 West Evergreen Blvd. PO Box 1995
Vancouver, WA 98668
T:360.691.1111
parksrec@ci.vancouver.wa.us

The StreamTeam is a volunteer based stream restoration and environmental education program of Clark Public Utilities. The StreamTeam focuses on native plant restoration in the Salmon Creek Watershed of Clark County, Washington. Throughout the year over 500 dedicated volunteers plant over 50,000 native plants to improve air and water quality, wildlife habitat and community aesthetics. Volunteers can take their experience one step higher by becoming a Stream Steward. The Stream Stewards participate in hands-on workshops that cover topics from natural history and water quality to native plant landscaping and restoration. For more information please contact StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or visit www.StreamTeam.net.

Address: StreamTeam
Clark Public Utilities District
P.O. Box 8900
Vancouver, WA 98668


Non-Profit Assistance in Olympia to Vancouver

Audubon Society - Gardening for Life Program
Gardening for Life provides free naturescaping workshops. Look under conservation on the following website: www.seattleaudubon.org

Columbia Springs Naturally Beautiful Backyards Program
Offers lectures, workshops and more on how to create earth-friendly gardens.
12602 SE Evergreen Hwy
Vancouver, WA 98683
T:360.891.1992
F:360.882.8064
nbb@columbiasprings.org
www.columbiasprings.org/nbb

NatureScaping's Wildlife Botanical Gardens
11000 N.E. 149th St., Bush Prairie, WA 98606 Tel: 360-737-1160
Three-acre display of 12 distinct gardens that demonstrate gardening techniques to attract butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds and other wildlife to residential gardens. All volunteer 501c(3) non-profit organization
info@naturescaping.org
www.naturescaping.org

Washington National Wildlife Federation
Check their website for occasional activities that relate to native plants and conservation.
P.O. Box 1966
Olympia, WA 98507-1966
T:360.705.1903
info@washingtonwildlife.org
www.washingtonwildlife.org/

Washington Native Plant Society
Website has sections on naturescaping, plant salvage programs and related events. Visit: www.wnps.org

WSU Extension Native Plant Salvage Project
NPSP offers workshops, naturescape garden tours, and other special events relating to native plants. Call to find out when you can volunteer for one of their native plant salvages. They also have an informative guide with information on naturescaping, salvaging and native plant descriptions.
WSU Thurston County Extension
2918 Ferguson St SW Suite A
Tumwater WA 98512
T:360.754.3588
ericag@wsu.edu
nativeplantsalvage.org


Academics in Olympia to Vancouver

This section includes contact information for locally based individuals who are capable of teaching naturescaping classes or workshops.

For a referral to an individual who can teach a class or workshop on naturescaping it is suggested to inquire with: Plant Amnesty at www.plantamnesty.org.

Note that Washington State University coordinates the Master Gardener program through WSU Extension Service. While Master Gardeners typically know little about naturescaping (previously there was no section on naturescaping in their manual, and most Master Gardeners seem very fond of chemical use), it is now possible, though rare, to find a Master Gardener with some knowledge of naturescaping. For more information see: gardening.wsu.edu

We also recommend inquiring at local community colleges to determine if they offer naturescaping or native plant identification/awareness classes.

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Native Plant Society
Corresponding Secretary Helen Gibbins
6128 Gideon Rd.
Huntington, WV 25705
gibbins@verizon.net
www.wvnps.org

WISCONSIN

Society for Ecological Restoration
University of Wisconsin Arboretum
285 W 18th St #1, Tucson AZ 85701
Tel: 608-262-9547
Web: www.ser.org
Publications: Ecological Restoration www.ecologicalrestoration.info, a biannual scholarly journal.

Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
Tel: 414-425-8550
Email: info@friendsofwehr.org
Web: www.friendsofwehr.org/wnc.htm
Encompasses 220 acres; part of the Milwaukee County Park System. Includes wetland with lake, oak savanna, woodland and restored prairie. The prairie is one of the oldest in this part of Wisconsin and has 200 species of native prairie plants. Demonstration gardens, including ethnobotany garden showing original uses of plants.

WYOMING

Wyoming Native Plant Society
1604 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
Web: www.rmh.uwyo.edu/wnps.html

 
   
 
 
     
 

 

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