Back in the summer, we posted about the “Dashboard” and how it helps us track our progress citywide. Well, here it is again! As you can see the numbers keep going up. Looking at this Dashboard as we close out the 3rd quarter of the year, one can see we are nearing some of our principal 2015 goals of clearing 20 new acres of invasive weeds, installing 60,000 native plant seedlings and entertaining 70,000 volunteer hours.
Worthy of note is a swell of volunteer support, a boost of watering visits as well as big maintenance numbers through the summer months. Also, our restoration contractors were out in force, sweeping through the forest to eliminate woody invasive trees and knotweed – these are the most persistent Class B noxious weeds we find lingering under the native tree canopy and on the forest edges.
Over 30,000 plants will be going out into the hands of the GSP forest stewards in October and November. You can help us with boots on the ground at Green Seattle Day or really any other day by attending an event posted on the CEDAR events calendar. See you out in the woods!
Plant Ecologist, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Michael joined the Green Seattle Partnership team (GSP) in 2011. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia ’02-’04) and former AmeriCorps volunteer. He also worked with several land trusts before returning home to Seattle. Michael currently coordinates professional crews for the steep slope and wetland restorations. He is jumpstarting the Madrone Recovery Project. Professional tree-hugging during the week, you can also find Michael running in the local mountains and frequenting park playgrounds with his 7-yr old son.