Selected Stories of Seattle’s Lost and Marginal Plant Species

Upcoming lecture by Stewart Wechsler

Nearly one quarter of the vascular plants on Arthur Lee Jacobson’s checklist of  Seattle area natives, originally compiled in 1999, have not been seen here for decades. Spurred on by his interest in local native plants used by butterflies, botanist and ecological consultant, Stewart Wechsler, has made it his goal to learn the ecology and identification of the lost and marginally surviving plants in the greater Seattle area – with a special focus on those needed by local butterflies. Over the last fourteen years Stewart has built up considerable knowledge about these lost and declining plants. In his illustrated talk he will share the stories of some species that are rare or have been extirpated (lost) in Seattle. He will also share his thoughts on why they are now scarce or have disappeared and what it might take to enhance or re-establish  their populations.

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 7:30 PM

UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle

Public Invited. No Admission. Books. Refreshments.

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Backyard Collective brings some sunshine to Seattle

Deanna at Conservation Alliance helped organized a crew of fantastic volunteers to work with the Green Seattle Partnership out at Westcrest Park a few weeks ago. A fun work party, and a great organization – “The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. We direct our funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. We now have more than 175 member companies, and plan to disburse $1,000,000 in 2011.”

On the Conservation Alliance blog, Deanna writes:

The sun was shining and volunteers were all smiles on Friday July 22nd at The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective in Seattle’s Westcrest Park. More than 60 volunteers came out for the day from Outdoor Research, Nikwax, Brooks, Filson, Cascade Designs, Stanley, a brand of PMI, Clif Bar, Patagonia, and Runner Girl Races.

This great group of volunteers removed over 12,000 square feet of invasive ivy plant and created 23 tree survival rings.

Read the full post here . . .

Thank you volunteers!!