Help restore urban forests on Green Seattle Day, Nov. 7

 

Last year 845 volunteers helped the Green Seattle Partnership plant nearly 5,000 plants in 21 parks across Seattle on Green Seattle Day, and this year, the organization is hoping to do even more.

The Green Seattle Day planting party will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Rainier Community Center (registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and snacks). After a brief welcome, buses will deliver volunteers to four restoration projects in Southeast Seattle – Genesee Park, Cheasty Greenspace and Seward Park. Volunteers can participate in educational and family-oriented activities throughout the day and are invited to return by bus to Rainier Community Center to enjoy a free lunch and hang out with fellow volunteers.

Other Green Seattle Day events are being held throughout the city at sites such as Discovery, Jackson and Leschi parks.

To view all event locations and to register, visit http://greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy). For more information on the Green Seattle Partnership, visit greenseattle.org.

 

Green Seattle Day sees huge success

The Green Seattle Partnership touts Green Seattle Day as its biggest party of the year, and this year’s event lived up to the hype! Green Seattle Day, held Saturday, Nov. 8, saw 845 volunteers plant more than 4,600 plants across 21 parks!

The event was based out of a Seattle Parks community center for the first time and provided helpers with a warm and hardy lunch. Forterra’s Green Cities Program Director Joanna Nelson de Flores said she believes those changes helped created a meaningful neighborhood event.

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw plants trees with volunteers in the Cheasty Greenbelt.

“The turnout was incredible, and there was palpable energy around supporting our urban forests that was really exciting,” Nelson de Flores said.

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim gave a warm welcome to about 175 volunteers at Rainier Beach Community Center to launch the event, and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw was just a few miles away kicking off the Cheasty Greenbelt site with Green Seattle Forest Stewards and 150 volunteers.  Councilmember Mike O’Brian supported the day at Kiwanis Ravine.

Green Seattle Day is becoming an annual celebration and tradition for many community organizations.  Special thanks to Green Seattle Partnership program staff and forest stewards and to Parks Natural Area Crew, Heavy Equipment Crew and District staff for handling the many logistics involved.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy). For more information on the Green Seattle Partnership, visit greenseattle.org.

Seattle City Council Recognizes Success of Green Seattle Partnership

Over 1,000 acres of land in restoration thanks to decade-long partnership

SEATTLE, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 – Today, the Seattle City Council recognized the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) and 10 years of successful collaboration between Forterra and the City of Seattle to build this important community resource that works to restore and care for the City’s forested parklands. Today also marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the GSP’s 10th anniversary and the 2015 collaborative effort with partners and community members to update the 20-Year Plan.

“The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique effort that enhances community while restoring Seattle’s forested parklands. This program’s importance has been recognized and supported by the City since its inception 10 years ago,” said Mayor Murray. “Getting out to plant trees at a Green Seattle restoration event at Discovery Park earlier this month was a pleasure.  It’s amazing that events like this are happening at our parks every weekend.”

Since Forterra and the City launched the Partnership in 2005, it has grown to a citywide effort initiating restoration on more than 1,000 acres of forested parkland. The GSP has logged 695,000 volunteer hours and planted over 160,000 trees and 250,000 shrubs. Critical to the Partnership are the efforts of over 120 Forest Stewards and the work of many partner organizations including EarthCorps, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Goodwill, Nature Consortium, Mountains to Sound Greenway, and Washington Native Plant Society.

In 2004, Forterra and the City, under the guidance of Former Mayor Greg Nickels, came together to recognize the power of engaging our residents in the restoration of Seattle’s parklands to further engender community investment and connection to them. In 2005, the partnership launched a 20-Year Strategic Plan and coordinated program to harness existing efforts and galvanize an informed, involved,  and active community to tend to the lands that serve our neighborhoods.

“We look forward to 10 more years of building and maintaining healthy forested parklands through the Green Seattle Partnership and continuing our work with the City of Seattle, Mayor Murray and all the other organizations that are a part of this great effort,” said Forterra President, Gene Duvernoy.

The City Council is not the only one to recognize the efforts of the GSP. Seattle was recognized earlier this year by STAR Communities as the most sustainable city in the entire country and the GSP was acknowledged by STAR as one of four efforts that set Seattle above the rest.

STAR’s award is a nod to the power of volunteering – each hour of a volunteer’s time is a priceless asset to our city. Green Seattle Day, the GSP’s largest annual volunteer day of restoration activities, ranging from removing weeds and invasive plants to planting native trees and shrubs, is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8. Learn more at greenseattle.org.

Contacts
Forterra
Liza Sheehan, Marketing Manager
206-200-4805
lsheehan@forterra.org