Pest Monitoring In Our Urban Forests

Learn how to protect your healthy forest ecosystem by participating in a citizen survey searching for exotic woodboring beetles. This training hosted by the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) will have expert facilitators from Washington State Department of Agriculture and USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services. This is a free training, open to Forest and Habitat Stewards and anyone interested in learning about how to protect our forest ecosystems from exotic woodboring beetles. Also, this course is sponsored for WSDA pesticide and Structural Pest Inspector Recertification Credits. By attending this training Washington State Licensees can receive four recertification credits.

Two trainings will be provided, and will cover the same information presented at trainings in August 2010 (in Seattle) and March 2011 (in Tacoma). Feel free to attend the trainings again if you need a review or had difficulties in the field examining for damage or filling out the ALB Survey Data Form.

The first training will be November 4, 2011 from 10 am to 2 pm in Tacoma at Pt. Defiance Lodge.

The second training will be November 18, 2011 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Seattle at Seward Park Audubon Center.

Please contact Jennifer Chang, South Sound Green Cities Project Associate, at or by phone at (253) 383-7245 if you have any questions about either of these trainings.
Feel free to forward this message along to anyone else who might be interested- ALL Green Cities staff, stewards, foresters, gardeners, volunteers, crews and ambassadors invited!

Click here to register for the November 4, 2011 Tacoma training now!
Click here to register for the November 18, 2011 Seattle training now!

Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods Program

Free Single Trees Seeking Tree-Loving Homes in  Seattle

Free trees are waiting for you! Do you live in Seattle? Do you have an empty space in your yard where a beautiful tree could thrive? Are you someone who appreciates trees? Do you like the way their leaves and needles flutter in the wind? Do you like how they smell? Do you think they help your neighborhood look more attractive?

If so, then Seattle reLeaf and Cascade Land Conservancy invite you to apply for up to 4 free trees to plant at home to help keep our city green and healthy.

Our trees are looking for tree-loving homes – but they’ll be gone soon! We have Western red cedars, Deodar cedars, tupelos, and shore pines remaining. Might you be the person for them? Please fill out the application, and select one of the above mentioned species to secure your free trees.

Interested? Apply by October 24th:

Want to know more about these trees?

  • Lewis and Clark thought that Western red cedars were amazing enough to be called the “trees of life” -arbor vitae. Plant one in your backyard and you’ll be on your way to helping our cities be full of life
  • The gorgeous Deodar cedar is native to the Himalayan region, but grows wonderfully in the Pacific Northwest. It has a long history in India, where its Hindu name means “revered tree.”
  • The tupelo tree is a great medium-sized tree for a yard that is looking for some brilliant leaf coloring.  Tupelo leaves are a dark glossy green in the spring and summer and  turn bright colors- mostly red, but some yellow just as the gray skies come rolling in.  Tupelo is used in the south to make the famous “Tupelo honey.”
  • Shore pines are quite the opposite of the straight and orderly pine you might imagine. As its scientific name, Pinus contorta ssp. Contorta, suggests, it can grow crooked branches – an attractive addition to your backyard.

Want more information?

Composting On-Site

Green City Partnerships encourage Stewards to compost their invasive plant waste on-site when applicable. Check out this great video to show how to make a top-notch compost pile.  Special thanks to the 2008-2009 Washington Conservation Corps Crew for making this great video.  For more information about building compost piles on-site, and other Best Management Practices for Urban Forest Restoration check out the Forest Steward Field Guide:

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)

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