Environmental Stewardship

Our community is lucky to have many dedicated individuals and groups who are working collaboratively with city staff to help restore native ecosystems and improve wildlife habitat in Edmonds’ parks and green spaces. Whether it’s taking on a long-term stewardship project or joining a work party for a day, we hope you’ll get outside to help make a difference in your community!

 

Steps to Restoration 

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Earth Day Ivy Pull at Hutt Park Saturday April 22, 9am - Noon

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community on Earth Day? Join your friends and neighbors to help remove English ivy in Hutt Park, one of the last remaining patches of old growth forest in our region. Hutt Park boasts some of the tallest trees in Edmonds, a few of which are estimated to be more than 600-700 years old.

English ivy has taken root throughout Hutt Park, threatening the long-term sustainability of this forested gem. Removing ivy is the first step towards restoring the park’s native ecosystem by clearing space for native plantings. During the event, participants can tour the park with a Discovery Programs Naturalist to learn what makes old growth forests – and Hutt Park in particular - so unique.

Bring work gloves and dress for the weather, as this event will happen rain or shine. Some tools will be provided, but please bring cutting and digging tools if you have them. All ages are welcome. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Hutt Park is located in the Seaview neighborhood at 187th St. SW and 94th Ave. W. Street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding the east side of the park (please be considerate of the residents). Participants sign in at the 187th St. SW. entrance, where they will be directed to a work area. For more information, call 425.771.0227.

Adopt-a-Plot

City Park ivy removal 3 10 12 4Similar to our Adopt-a-Park maintenance program, the Adopt-a-Plot program pairs local groups with Parks’ staff to provide long-term restoration and stewardship in a specific area of a local park. Tasks typically involve removing invasive weeds, replanting the area with native species, and annual maintenance to remove invasives that grow back after replanting. Tools and materials are provided for use during scheduled work parties. Learn more or apply by sending an email to jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov or call 425-771-0227.

We've identified several areas in need of adoption at City Park, Maplewood Park, Yost Park, Seaview Park, and Hutt Park. Have another area you'd like to adopt? Let us know and we'll help you plan your restoration.

  

Edmonds Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden

Garden entranceDid you know that the City of Edmonds is a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat? The Edmonds Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden located at the Willow Creek Hatchery at 95 Pine Street in Edmonds was planted in 2009 to show Edmonds residents how to make our urban environment more wildlife friendly. The garden hosts regular work parties on Saturdays, and invites the public to join them. They also offer workshops and other events throughout the year. Connect with them on Facebook, or call Susie Schaefer at 425-610-8027 to learn about upcoming events.

 

Puget Sound Stewards

logo earthcorp darkEarthCorps has been working in Edmonds since 2015. Their expert team of volunteer Puget Sound Stewards is working to restore shorelines and other natural areas around Edmonds, with much of their work focused on the buffer around the Edmonds Marsh and Brackett’s Landing North. The Stewards hosts regular work parties at their sites and invite the public to attend. You can find out about upcoming events or sign up online or email volunteer@earthcoprs.org

 

Become a Puget Sound Steward! Training starts in April. Learn more here

  

Citizens’ Tree Board

006The Citizens’ Tree Board actively encourages the planting, protection, and maintenance of trees for long-term community benefit. The group provides a variety of support to our community including hosting stewardship events, providing outreach and education, and other official duties. To learn more about Citizen’s Tree Board, get involved, or access tree-related resources, visit their webpage.