The City of Seattle’s reLeaf Program and Forterra are looking to engage West Seattle residents in caring for urban trees and green spaces in Seattle. The reLeaf Program offers free Tree Walk Events, Tree Ambassador training, and Tree Walk Mapping (fun!). Read more below to get involved.
- Tree Walks: Tree Walks are fun, positive community events that engage neighbors with the trees surrounding them. Tree Ambassadors develop tours to highlight interesting or significant trees in their neighborhoods and lead their walk as a public event. Check out the schedule of upcoming walks or download one of the self-guided walks here. Don’t see a walk in your neighborhood? Become a Tree Ambassador and design Seattle’s next Tree Walk!Tree Ambassadors in this track are given an introduction to tree identification and taught skills in making maps and organizing community events. After the training, staff will assist Tree Ambassadors in identifying good routes, mapping trees on that route, writing accompanying text, and putting together a public event. (Training will take place on Saturday, April 4th 9am-2pm in Ballard).
- Landscape Renewal: Tree Ambassadors plan and organize small-scale landscape projects in residential areas. Tree Ambassadors “adopt” sites and organize work parties to weed, mulch, and activate these neighborhood green spaces.Tree Ambassadors in this track are taught basic landscaping and site design skills, how to identify and remove invasive species, proper mulching, how to run safe events, and community event organizing. After the training, staff help volunteers identify an appropriate landscape to work in, develop site plans, organize community work parties, and secure tools, mulch, and other equipment. Find a site to love in your neighborhood! (Training will take place Saturday, April 25th 9am-2pm in Beacon Hill).
There are 3 West Seattle sites and 2 South Park sites as a potential landscape projects for 2015: the SW Andover Street End, the Fauntleroy Way and 36th Ave Triangle, and the SW 98th Street End in West Seattle and the S Kenyon Street End as well as the 10th St and Dallas Triangle in South Park. We are looking for a volunteer steward to adopt these sites and help renovate them (http://www.seattle.gov/trees/landscapes.htm). Are there any Sustainable West Seattle.org readers or volunteers that may be interested in taking on a leading role in the renewal of these site, please forward on this information?
Thank you for your help getting the word out and helping us find a steward for these great West Seattle and South Park street ends!
If you have more questions, contact:
Forterra | Stewardship Associate
Keep it greenie!