2018 Summit

On march 28th the Green City Partnership communities came together for their annual Summit. This years theme was “Going Beyond Parks”

One of the many highlights of the day was the introduction and welcoming of our three new Green Cities; Des Moines, Burien and Sea Tac . Our total is now up to 12 cites across the Puget Sound.

This was one of our largest Summits with more than 40 participants. The day’s agenda is below along with a link to the PowerPoint presentation.

See full  Agenda Green Cities Summit 2018_final

Follow this link for the presentations: Green Cities Summit 2018 Master

The presentations were divided into four main focus areas:

  1. The state of the Partnership
  2. Private Property: More Trees & Fewer Invasive Plants
  3. Stewarding Public Landscapes: Working Across Different Departments
  4. Funding and Research for Urban Forestry

The State of Partnership

  • 9 active Green Cities
  • 3 counties
  • 1.4 M residents
  • 9,141+ acres of parks and natural open space
  • 3 new Green Cities in 2018 (Des Moines, Sea Tac and Burien)

2005-2017

  • 2,305 acres in restoration
  • 1.23 M hours of volunteerism
  • 274 active Stewards

2017:

  • 112,244 volunteer hours
  • 236 New acres in restoration
  • 183,464 native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers installed
  • 41,200 trees in King County

Private Property: More Trees & Fewer Invasive Plants

Adjacent to Parks
Lisa Ciecko, Seattle Parks Department
Elizabeth Walker, King Conservation District

Summary: Pilot project to test the opportunities to engage private landowners adjacent to parks undergoing restoration and minimize the ‘edge’ effects on lands in restoration.

Riparian Restoration
Jasmine Ka, Forterra

Summary: An overview of Forterra’s riparian restoration activities which are currently in four river/creek basins. The goal is to eradicate Knotweed and help re-vegetate riparian areas through voluntary efforts with private landowners.

Residential Tree Programs
Lou Stubecki, Seattle Public Utilities

Summary: An overview and report on the long running residential tree program in Seattle. In 2017 more than 1,000 trees were planted at nearly 500 addresses.

Stewarding Public Landscapes: Working Across Different Departments

Neighborhood Stewards
Nicole Marcotte, Forterra
Teresa Kluver, City of Redmond

Summary: Seeks to build on Green Redmond Habitat Steward program with a more focused approach to recruitment and restoration work by targeting specific neighborhoods.

Tree Ambassadors
Jana Dilley, City of Seattle

 Summary: Provided overview of program, which focuses on engaging volunteers in creating and leading neighborhood tree walks, and participating in tree stewardship activities.

Funding and Research for Urban Forestry

Stormwater Codes to Fund Urban Forestry
Nicole Sanders, City of Snoqualmie
Elizabeth Walker, King Conservation District

Summary: Discussed the process that Snoqualmie undertook to research, write and pass new code language to include funding for trees / urban forest with stormwater utility funds.

Stormwater Values for PNW Trees
Mike Carey, City of Tacoma

Summary: Presented on an upcoming research project that will attempt to provide specific interception and transpiration rates in four of our PNW native trees.

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