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 2018 Urban Natural Areas Seminar is tentatively scheduled for January 23-24, 2018

More details to come in fall 2017.


2017 Urban Natural Areas Seminar

Nature in the Balance: An Interdisciplinary View of Urban Area Restoration

UBNA Assistant manager, Rosemary Baker planting Skunk cabbage

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.

Nature in the Balance Agenda

Program Flyer

Professional credits approved: NALP/WALP, ISA, ASCA, ecoPRO, APLD; Pending: CPH

Resources for Attendees

Presentations & Links:

Jon Jainga, Urban Forestry Manager | Seattle Parks and Recreation
Barbara DeCaro, Horticulturist and Senior Environmental Analyst | Seattle Parks and Recreation

Dean W. Koonts, ASLA, Principal | HBB Landscape Architecture

Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Educator | Consulting Associate, Urban Forestry Services, Inc.

Micki McNaughton, Urban Forestry Special Project Coordinator | Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban & Community Forestry Program

Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist | University of Washington College of the Environment and USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station

Clayton Antieau, Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting | Seattle Public Utilities

Dr. Kern Ewing, Professor, Plant Ecology  University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Dr. Mark Jordan, Assistant Professor of Biology | Seattle University



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