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Parks to host Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit April 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a Natural Areas and Greenbelt Mini-Summit to talk to members of the public regarding the use of natural areas and greenbelts in Seattle. The summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

The event will include a panel discussion and an open house with at least 20 participating organizations.

Panelists include:

  • Merica Whitehall, Executive Director Nature Consortium
  • Mark Jordan, Seattle University Biology Professor – habitat analysis
  • Peg Staeheli, SvR Design, Hydrologist, former Urban Forestry Commissioner
  • John Barber, Parks and Open Space Advocate, former Park Board Commissioner
  • Martin Westerman, Board Member, Seattle Green Spaces Coalition

This is an opportunity to engage with Seattle Parks’ staff and other local experts.

For more information on the Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit, please visit