Audubon’s Krystal Kyer Selected for Metro Parks Commission

At the risk of turning this into an entirely Tacoma-heavy news blog (there happens to be a lot going on lately), here’s an article from the Weekly about the new Metro Parks Board Commissioners, and one is our own long-time Green Tacoma Partnership member, Krystal Kyer.

Congratulations Krystal!

(And congratulations to Ryan Mello and Victoria Woodward for vacating their Metro Parks Board Seats for City Council!)


Free Habitat Steward Training in Tacoma

Last Chance To Register: Friday, January 29, 2010

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who want to take a lead in restoration activities occurring throughout Tacoma. Upon completion of the training participants will receive a field guide with lots of tips & Best Management Practices and also receive continued support from the Green Tacoma Partnership in their restoration efforts. Lunch provided. To register or for more information on the program contact Krystal (GTP Volunteer & Training Coordinator) at or 253-232-9978.

Saturday, February 6, 2010 (9:30 – 3:30pm)

The Lodge at Point Defiance Park

5715 Roberts Garden Rd., Tacoma

GTP Winter Meeting (a.k.a. quarterly meeting)

Join us for the first meeting of the 2010!  This meeting is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.  We have a tentative agenda including an urban forestry update, volunteer outreach and media presentation, and much more!  This is a great opportunity to network, share what you are doing, and learn from others.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 6-8pm

University of Puget Sound (building TBD)

contact for more information about the Green Tacoma Partnership or for directions to the meeting.

19th Annual Native Bare-root Plant Sale in Pierce County

Pierce Conservation District accepting pre-orders now until January 31, 2010

Plan now for spring planting!  The Pierce Conservation District is taking orders for its 19thAnnual Native Tree and Plant Sale.  The purpose of this sale is to promote the use of native vegetation in landscaping.   Native plants need no additional, fertilizer, or pesticides, or water once established and they are an excellent way to invite birds into your yard.

The District is featuring 30 species of plants native to Western Washington as well as plastic tree tubes and spray on repellent to protect the seedlings from deer, rodent and grass trimmer damage.  Species include 6-24 inch conifers such as western red cedar, Douglas fir, Fort Lewis ponderosa pine, and noble fir, 10-12” deciduous trees such as Oregon white oak and pacific dogwood, ground covers such as kinnikinnick and salal, and a number of favorite wildlife species such as; evergreen huckleberry, mock orange, American cranberry, red flowering currant, and many more.

Pre-orders will be taken from now until January 31st, 2010.  Plant materials will be available for pick up February 19 and 20, 2010 at the District office in Puyallup.  Prices range from $4 – $21 per bundle of five to ten plants.

If you would like to request an order form for our native plants, please call the Pierce Conservation District at (253) 845-9770 x 106 or email renes[at] You may also download an order form from our web site,

Seattle Parks Board Hearing on New Code of Conduct

On January 28th, the Seattle Parks Board will hold a public hearing to address a new parks code of conduct. One piece of the new code is the implementation of a smoke-free parks policy.  The proposed new code of conduct and a briefing paper can be found at the parks board website.

A recent Seattle Times article discussed the new code of conduct here:

The Parks Board is interested in hearing public opinion about a smoke-free policy for Seattle parks.  You can share your opinion by speaking at the public hearing on January 28th, or by sending written comments any time before February 10th.

Public Hearing
Date: Jan. 28th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Parks Administration Building
Park Board Room
100 Dexter Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109

Public Comment Period will remain open until February 10, 2010.
Written comments can be sent via standard mail, fax or email to:
Attn:  Sandy Brooks
Board of Park Commissioners
Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph: 206-684-5066
Fax:  206-233-7023

The Parks Board has scheduled final discussion and making a recommendation for February 11.

Bad Girl, Good Woman

This Blog post was written by forest steward Craig Thompson for the Beacon Hill Blog.  Craig works regularly with the Beacon Hill Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) to clean up and restore Dr. Jose Rizal Park.  If you are interested in volunteering at Dr. Jose Rizal Park you can volunteer THIS Saturday, January 16 to celebrate MLK Weekend.

Where Deborah Lived in 2003: Picture taken beside I-90 in 2007, site cleaned 2008

I met Deborah at a cleanup at Dr. José Rizal Park. Bright, interested, she blended in with the volunteers EarthCorps assembled in December to prep the soil for a larger event, scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, January 16, a kickoff for a weekend of volunteerism celebrating Dr. King’s birthday.

We got to talking that frigid day, I try to connect with folks who come, to hear their stories should they choose to share.

Deborah did. “The park is so much better than it used to be,” she said, a silver nose ring bobbing as a smile spread on her full, purple lips.

“You’ve been here before?” I asked.

“I used to live in the park,” she said…… (click to continue reading)

Presentation on New Urban Forest Policy

New draft available now

Tacoma Planning Commission presentation on January 20, 2010 (meeting starts at 4pm)

As with the last version, significant improvements have been made. Thank you all for providing comments, corrections and feedback. Remember, this is a draft policy under consideration to add to the Comprehensive Plan. For more information about our Comprehensive Plan and the amendment process, please visit Adoption is slated to occur in June 2010.