Thinking Big to Manage Our Urban Forests & Natural Areas
Without intervention, aggressive non-native plants like blackberries, ivy, holly and scotch broom will take over our landscape. That's the bad news. The good news: we are doing something about it!
The city of Kent is partnering with Forterra, other organizations and - important! - community volunteers to restore Kent's forested parks, wetlands and other natural areas. The Green Kent Partnership is part of the Green Cities Network, which includes Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond, Kirkland, Everett and Puyallup. Find out what the other Green Cities are doing.
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More Ways to Get Involved
If you can't volunteer at a work party, you will be a huge hit if you can bring treats or coffee to one. Or, how about donating a new or gently used hand tool? Our volunteers are enthusiastic, but they're hard on our tools.
Hooked on volunteering? Think about becoming a Green Kent Steward. Stewards adopt a park or a natural area they love and organize restoration work parties there. Our Stewards come from all parts of the community and we treasure them as our most dedicated volunteers. No experience is necessary. Training, materials and support from staff are provided.
Do you want to know what we ask of a Green Kent Steward? Maybe you want to help but don't particularly want to lead the volunteer work parties. We also need Support Stewards. If you enjoy being behind the scenes or aren't sure you're up for the physical activity involved in restoration, you can be a "Chip In" volunteer. If you have questions, contact us.
How's the health of your favorite park? You can find out in the Green Kent 20-Yr Plan and the addendum that was added following the 2010 Panther Lake annexation. Fans of bottom-line statistics can get their fill by taking a look at our most recent Annual Report. Quarterly updates are available, too: contact us.
Current Green Kent Stewards, click here to access your resources.
Lake Fenwick Park before intervention, one year after intervention, and how it looks today, with regular monitoring by Green Kent Stewards and volunteers
Watch our videos, too! The Green Kent Partnership Story and, for a 30-second smile, Something is Invading Our Parks!
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So, Why Is All This Important?
Urban natural areas are public assets that beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods. They absorb carbon dioxide from our air, provide us with clean water, stormwater retention and reduced flooding, habitat for wildlife, and noise buffers. And, importantly, Kent's parks and natural areas are where urban residents can connect with the "green" and take a break from the "gray." By engaging the entire community, we are building local capacity for stewardship and working towards a long-term vision of urban environmental health.
This program was made possible in part by annual grants to the city from the King Conservation District; for more information, go to www.kingcd.org