How long have you been involved with Green Seattle and why did you chose the park where you work?

Since July 28, 2016. I chose Me-Kwa-Mooks because of the timing of the work parties.

What keeps you volunteering with the Green Seattle Partnership?

The support I get from the other stewards and the opportunity to transfer landscapes from land dominated by invasive plants to native habitats.

Do you have a favorite memory from your involvement?

I have too many fond memories to choose a single one.

What is something funny or unusual that has happened at an event/while volunteering?

A volunteer stood victoriously upon a downed tree that was completely covered by Himalayan blackberry.

What part of the work makes you feel that you are making a difference in your community through forest restoration?

I think our community can take pride in an environment of something so unique as native plants. I’m happy if I can be connected to the rest of the community in that respect.

Is there a specific time when you looked at your restoration and felt like you were finally making progress?

That moment came once we planted in my restoration area after months of invasive removal.

If you were plant species found at your restoration site (native or non-native) which would it be and why?

Cascara – I can grow in most conditions

If you aren’t working in the park where would we most likely find you and what would you be doing?

Home – cooking and eating

Anything else you want us to know?

The Triangle (my restoration site) has become a sanctuary. What was once an overgrown piece of land ruled by Himalayan blackberry, ivy and holly, is now home to a diverse group of thriving plant species.

Want to have your own chance to meet Peter and to hear more about his time as a Forest Steward with Green Seattle? Then you should check attend one of the upcoming volunteer work parties at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park and help Peter to continue to transform his West Seattle sanctuary!

Nicole Marcotte

Green Cities Project Coordinator, Forterra
Nicole comes to us from the Northeast, where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She made the jump to Seattle to serve as a 2014 AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps. After a year of grubbing immense amounts of blackberry, spraying knotweed along the Cedar River, maintaining trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and planting plenty of native species, she realized that her true passions lie in habitat conservation and restoration. This newfound passion led her Forterra, where she helps with Green Seattle community engagement. If she’s not out frolicking through alpine meadows in her free time, you can find her in Washington Park Arboretum where she likes to create botanical-artwork from fallen flowers and foliage.