Green Everett Partnership Seeks Volunteer Forest Stewards

The Green Everett Partnership is now recruiting volunteer Forest Stewards to implement restoration projects and lead groups of volunteers to rebuild healthy native plant communities within Everett’s forested parks and natural areas. Everett Parks NHowarth Park Group shot 01262013 Joanna Nelsoneed You!

  • Join a Team of Volunteer Leaders
  • Learn about ecological restoration
  • Lead your own active, fun project at a park
  • Get support from trained staff
  • Help other volunteers get involved
  • Impact the park’s environmental health
  • No Experience necessary.
  • All materials, training and support provided by the program.

New Forest Steward Orientation
Saturday May. 18th 9am-noon
Forest Park, Lions Hall – 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, WA
For more information contact: greeneverett@forterra.org  or call 425-238-0065

Seattle Ranks in the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Urban Forests!

Re-posted from Forterra’s blog

10bestcitiesforurbanforestsAmerican Forests announced recently that Seattle’s urban forests are among the top 10 in the nation! The ranking is based on six criteria: civic engagement, strategic planning, accessibility to the public, overall health of the urban forest, documented knowledge and management activities.

This ranking is a big pat on the back for our partner agencies, volunteer stewards, and researchers who have contributed extensively to the planning, implementation and monitoring of Seattle’s urban forest. The American Forests report cites research produced by Forterra and the Green Cities Research Alliance. Published in 2012, the Seattle’s Forest Ecosystem Values report summarizes forest structure and ecosystem service values based on data collected throughout the City of Seattle.

The other cities recognized include Sacramento, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, and Washington, DC. For more information visit: http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/urbanforests/10-best-cities-for-urban-forests/.

Register now for the Green Kent Steward orientation

Come learn what the Green Kent Partnership is all about! The orientation will provide you with an understanding of how you can get involved as a Steward of your own restoration site or supporting other Stewards. You will also get a basic understanding of “tree-iage” and the four phases of restoration, plus have a lot of hands-on fun learning planting techniques and invasive removal. No experience necessary.  Register for the orientation by emailing Victoria, or call 253-856-5113 for more information.

HPIM1489March 23, 9:00 AM – Noon
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E. Smith Street

Stewards are committed volunteers who lead a restoration project at a park or natural area, with the support of Green Kent staff. Stewards lead at least 4 work parties a year at their site, or contribute 20 hours of service on their own if they prefer. You can also become a Support Steward and help out when you can.

If you just want to pitch in for a few hours, visit www.greenkent.org and look for a work party coming up!

Here’s what some of the current Stewards are saying:

“I grew up in Kent, traveled Europe for a few years while serving in the Army, then came back to Kent. I joined the Green Kent Partnership because I have always had a passion for environmental issues, and I recognized the need to improve my own community. I chose to become a steward of Springwood Park because I believe it has a lot of potential. It’s a large park that needs a lot of love. With help from volunteers and the parks department, I know we can make it a great park.” – Springwood Park Steward Zandria Michaud

“I really love this program. It offers accountants like me the chance to get outside and do volunteer work. I can contribute to the community when I have time available. I have also been able to offer local teenagers service hours for school by having them help with the work. My grandson does miss the blackberries, but we can go explore the woods now instead!” – Pheasants Hollow Steward Nancy Terry

“I love the outdoors and I love doing things that benefit others. I spend a lot of time in the Kent Parks with my son JJ, so I thought this would be the perfect way to give back! I chose North Lake Meridian because it is right outside of the Meridian Junior High school and is next to the trail that kids walk through to get to school. I attended Meridian Junior High and walked that trail every day. There truly is something refreshing, relaxing, and rewarding about removing the naughty part of Mother Nature, and replacing it with the nice!  Playing in the mud is just a bonus.” – Lake Meridian Park Steward Debbie Larson

“My latest volunteer adventure is as a Steward for Lake Fenwick Park in Kent. This gives me the opportunity to work with fellow volunteers while getting my hands dirty . . . I don’t know ‘if no one is in the forest and a tree falls if it makes a sound’; however, I do know how much work a small group of volunteers can accomplish in a few hours on a Saturday.” – Lake Fenwick Park Steward Gina Tallarigo

Green Everett Partnership -first event of 2013!

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Join Howarth Park Forest Stewards, Everett Parks, Forterra, and neighbors for the first Green Everett Partnership work party of 2013.  Come learn about the Green Everett Partnership and the many benefits that the Howarth Park forests provide us all.  We will stay warm and burn off some of those holiday cookies by digging out invasive blackberry and ivy as we work together to restore Howarth Park’s beautiful forest.

More info:  Green Everett Partnership

Last call-Trees for Neighborhoods!

Fernleaf beech photo credit: Sten http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

Good news Seattle neighbors! Seattle reLeaf still has free trees for residential yards available through the Trees for Neighborhoods program. Residents are eligible for up to four free trees but trees are going fast and some species have waiting lists. The deadline for street trees has passed, but you can still apply for trees to plant in your yard. Here are two of the beautiful trees that still need good homes:

Fernleaf Beech – This naturally graceful and majestic tree brings year round interest to the northwest garden. Originating from France, this deciduous tree has glossy green fern shaped leaves and strong muscular branches. In the fall the leaves turn an enchanting golden color, lighting up the neighborhood.

Western Red Cedar – The flagship tree of the northwest forest! The western red cedar has graceful sweeping branches and stunning reddish-brown bark. 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 bring new life to your neighborhood.

The deadline to apply for one of these handsome trees is October 21st, so apply now. Applications here: http://www.seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm.

Seattle leads the nation in sustainable urban forestry!

The Emerald City remains true to its name. The City of Seattle’s Parks and Recreation was awarded the distinction of Forest Stewardship Certification, the highest international certification for sustainable maintenance of forests. While FSC has become a standard for sustainability for timber forests, Seattle is the first metropolitan area in the country to receive this certification for urban forestry!

As the first Green City Partnership, Seattle represents the realization of a public-private model to bring the community together to promote healthy forests and sustainable ecosystems. We’re pleased to have been able to participate and share in Seattle’s success!

Currently, the Green Seattle Partnership estimates that 23 percent of the entire city is covered by tree canopy – but the goal is much greater: “We have a goal for our forest of 30 percent canopy for the entire city” says Mark Mead, senior urban forester for Seattle Parks and Recreation. Considering that the potential loss of urban forests in just 20 years without active stewardship is 70 percent, this 7 percent increase will take lots of work. But, we know Seattle is tackling this challenge in with the highest sustainability standards!

Congratulations Seattle!

How are you helping our city and region to expand the tree canopy …and all of the benefits that come with it?

New research estimates the value of Seattle’s urban forest!

Forterra has long recognized the importance of Seattle’s urban forests, parks and green spaces. They provide amazing access to nature for the city’s residents, help curb pollution, cool the city, absorb carbon dioxide, and much more. It was because we recognized the significance of these trees that we helped launch the Green Seattle Partnership in 2004 with the City of Seattle and other local nonprofit partners. But, until recently, much of that value was derived from research on non-urban forests or anecdotal understandings of the contributions trees provide.

Now, thanks to the publication of Seattle’s Forest Ecosystem Values: Analysis of the Structure, Function, and Economic Values, which documents the findings of a multi-year research effort by the Green Cities Research Alliance (GCRA), Seattle has hard science about the monetary value of their trees and the impact they have on carbon sequestration, energy, pollution and more.

Data in the report was compiled using the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Eco tool, the first use in Seattle. Given the Pacific Northwest’s unique climate, ecosystem and tree species, Seattle was previously not well served by similar urban forestry research from other parts of the country.

Some of the most exciting findings from the report include:

  • Seattle trees and shrubs are worth roughly $4.9 billion dollars (that’s what it would cost to replace them all)
  • They save the city around $23 million annually in carbon storage, pollution removal and residential energy savings, establishing Seattle’s urban forest as an irreplaceable capital asset
  • There are an estimated 4.35 million trees and tree-like shrubs in Seattle, which equates to a density of nearly 80 trees per acre
  • The three most common species measured were red alder, big leaf maple, and beaked hazelnut, all of which are native to this region.

This research is based on field data collection from 2011 and 2012 in 223 1/10-acre research plots distributed on both public and private property throughout the City of Seattle. Crews recorded size and species information for trees and tree-like shrubs, as well as land use and ground cover information.

The Green Cities Research Alliance is comprised of people from Forterra, USDA Forest Service, University of Washington, King County, and the City of Seattle, all of whom contributed to the research. GCRA was initiated by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in 2009 to build a program of research about urban ecosystems in the Puget Sound region. GCRA pairs scientists with practitioners and local decision makers to co-design and implement research efforts that provide relevant and practical information.

Download a copy of the 26-page report to read about all of GCRA’s fascinating findings, our research methodology and more!