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Be part of the solution: become an Urban Forest Steward

In ongoing efforts to preserve and restore Seattleā€™s urban forest, a continuing partnership comprised of Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), Green Seattle Partnership (GSP), and the King County Conservation District offers free stewardship training this spring on consecutive Fridays and three Saturdays between April 19 and June 28. No experience is necessary.

Details about the class schedule and venue will become available in the next few weeks at www.wnps.org and www.greenseattle.org. Enrollment is limited, so if you are interested in becoming a Native Plant/Forest Steward, please contact Joy Wood, WNPS Stewardship Coordinator, now at npsp@wnps.org or 206-527-3210 to have your name placed on a mailing list to be notified about the details of the program as soon as they become available. Graduates of the WNPS stewardship training will be cross trained as GSP Forest Stewards.

The goal of the 2013 program is to provide advanced training in forest restoration that will prepare current and new WNPS/GSP Forest Stewards to contribute a major role in helping Seattle Parks restore 2,500 acres of park urban forests by 2025.

WNPS has graduated more than 500 stewards since 1996; they have contributed more than 120,000 volunteer hours dedicated to education, conservation and restoration of native flora in Seattle and surrounding areas. The 100 hours of specialized training from regional experts includes Puget Sound ecology, native plant identification and uses, urban forest restoration, invasive management and community volunteer management. In exchange for the 100 hours of free training, Stewards are asked to contribute 75 hours of volunteer service in one of six designated Seattle Parks restoration areas and 25 volunteer hours to WNPS public outreach projects in the Seattle area.

To learn more about WNPS and GSP stewardship programs, please go to: www.wnps.org and www.greenseattle.org for additional information.