Green Seattle Partnership
Restoring Seattle's Urban Forests
Get to Know the East Duwamish Greenbelt!
The largest greenspace in Southeast Seattle, the East Duwamish Greenbelt stretches along south Beacon Hill, east of I-5. In 2011, a group of neighbors, supported by the Washington Native Plant Society and the Green Seattle Partnership, started combating decades of neglect ravaging the greenbelt around S Trenton St and 39th Ave S. By far the largest forest space in the neighborhood, it now provides a place to reconnect with nature in the midst of the City. One neighbor tracks and bands Coopers hawks, which nest in and near the restoration area. Other resident wildlife includes barred owls, bald eagles, coyotes, and salamanders. Several Seattle Parks Volunteer Naturalists regularly volunteer, so you can expect nature interpretation to be incorporated when you show up to help at a work party.
"I love this forest because it's brought neighbors, kids, and community members together to do something good in their own backyard," says Forest Steward Chris Hoffer. Just last week, 40 students from Dunlap Elementary had a great time pulling ivy, planting - and naming! - trees in the greenbelt. This was their first time in their neighborhood forest, just a 10-minute walk from the school and even closer to many of their homes.
Meet these dedicated neighbors and check out the great views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and Rainier Valley at the work party on April 26th! You can also connect with East Duwamish Greenbelt volunteers and learn more about why they just can't get enough of this forest, on facebook and their blog.
What to expect when volunteering with GSP
Watch this quick video about volunteering with the Green Seattle Partnership, what to expect, and what to bring. Now that you know how to get prepared for an event, find an event near you.
Support Green Seattle Partnership:
• Join a work party: Events Portal.
• Volunteer again!: Become a “regular” at monthly work parties and be part of an elite team of experience volunteers.
• Donate some treats: Support hungry hard working volunteers at an upcoming work party in your neighborhood by baking or donating snacks.
(photo credit Friends of Burke Gilman Trail @Sand Point)