Each year’s program focuses on a timely topic, designed to bring together professionals involved in the different components of large-scale urban restoration and green infrastructure projects, including landscape architects, garden designers, landscape contractors, restoration companies and organizations, project managers and landscape maintenance staff from institutions and agencies.
The Power of Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Long -term Function of Urban Natural Areas
Wednesday-Thursday, January 30-31, 2019
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Most people expect established natural area landscapes to be low maintenance. That concept comes back to haunt us when the realities of invasive weeds, aggressive native species, and plant encroachments demand immediate attention. As the fox said in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, “You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.” And so, for all the urban natural area plantings we create: stewardship is required.
Taken out of the context of wilderness areas, urban natural areas demand attention to the details of plant selection, site design, and maintenance standards to keep them functioning well. The significant costs of deferred maintenance that have been documented for urban trees and landscapes apply equally to urban natural areas. With proactive and timely collaboration between researchers, city planners, site managers, landscape designers and engineers, field crews, volunteer stewards, and others, we have the power to improve and protect this valuable environmental resource in our communities. Join us for this rare opportunity to exchange information across the mix of professions responsible for creating and maintaining urban natural areas.
Under Pressure: The urgency to acquire public lands (and how to keep up with growth). Sarah Brandt, King County Parks, Open Space Government Relations Administrator, and
Lina Rose, King County Parks Volunteer Program Manager
The Power of Collaborative Design: Lessons for urban natural areas from a study of urban parking lot landscapes Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Consultant & Educator and a Consulting Associate at Urban Forestry Services, Inc.
Stepping inside and outside the lines: Collaboration, pragmatism and stewardship in design, construction and maintenance of a restoration project. Justin Howell, Owner and Manager of Applied Ecology, LLC
Growing Wild Plants Ned McGinley, Nursery Manager, Sound Native Plants
Best Practices for Financial Stewardship Micki McNaughton, Arborea, LLC
Winning Public Support and Sustainable Funding for Natural Areas Barbara Wright, Healthy Community Advocate (formerly Seattle-King County Environmental Health Deputy Director and King County Parks Manager)
Day Two (Jan. 31):
Planting Preparation and Maintenance – is the Gold-Standard Really Needed? Matt Knox, Environmental Supervisor, City of Kent Public Works Department, Environmental Engineering
Growing Healthier Natural Areas: Embracing Lessons from Other Professions Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources
Stewardship in Action Tour of Yesler Swamp with self-guided materials
Building partnerships for Wildlife Management in Seattle’s Natural Areas Patti Bakker, Supervisor of the Urban Forest Restoration Program/Green Seattle Partnership within Seattle Parks and Recreation
Best Practices for Stewardship: A 4-Phase Approach to Working with Volunteers Mariska Kecskes, EarthCorps, Senior Project Manager
Be a Mad Scientist! Use Experimentation to Blow Up ‘Common Sense’ and Magnify your Impact. Josh Latterell, Ph.D. Senior Ecologist, Monitoring Program Manager, Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit, King County Water and Land Resources Division
What do we mean by urban natural areas? Primarily, landscapes planted with native species in parks and public lands, wetland buffers, and the boundary areas between the built environment and natural forests.
What is the format of this seminar?
Participants will be seated in groups, arranged by interdisciplinary roles/job titles. One facilitator or presenter will be at each table.
Unstructured networking time is offered at lunch and breaks.
Structured networking time will be facilitated through round table discussion questions.
Day 1, Jan. 30: Presentations will focus on early-stage processes (Planning/Design/Plant Selection/Installation Standards/Budgets/Admin).
Day 2, Jan. 31: Presentations will focus on fostering long-term stewardship (Monitoring/Maintenance/Adaptive Management).
Registration will include one- and two-day attendance options.
2017: Nature in the Balance: An Interdisciplinary View of Urban Area Restoration
January 11 & 12, 2017, 8:30am-3pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
Thank you to our planning committee, the speakers, and all who attended!
Seminar description: Building on the strong response to the first seminar of this type held last year, this two-day seminar brings together professionals involved in all phases of urban restoration projects to discuss some of the unique challenges and the strategies for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining restoration projects within high density urban areas. Restoring natural areas in urban locations is made uniquely challenging by the simple proximity of people to those restoration efforts.
This year we are focusing on the challenges of undertaking restoration given the pressures of urbanization, including both human health benefits and safety concerns, tensions between restoration and visitor usage, project sustainability and managing wildlife. Participants and presenters will work together to identify ways to bridge theory and practice as we work toward restoration projects that successfully meet our communities’ ecological, social, and economic goals.