Forest Steward Profile: Wallis Bolz
Wallis Bolz first got involved with Green Seattle Partnership in 2008 when she participated in a Forest Steward Training. She was looking for a pilot project for her neighborhood organization, Green Footprints Action Works (GFAW), which is focused on reducing ecological impact.
At the training, Bolz learned useful information for launching a restoration project in the Alder Creek Natural Area in the Central District. The Partnership also helped her neighborhood overcome some initial apprehension about the project, and coordinated the GFAW's work with the larger restoration efforts in Seattle.
“Green Seattle allowed the project to expand beyond the neighborhood and linked it to a citywide movement," said Bolz. "I treasure the support I receive from the Green Seattle Partnership.”
When asked about the GFAW's achievements in the Alder Creek Natural Area, Bolz pointed out the community-building aspect of her work.
“We are proud to have engaged the neighborhood in the work of restoration," she said. "We are happy to have achieved broad neighborhood recognition of the site as a park property.”
Bolz is a dedicated Forest Steward who hosts work parties on the second Saturday of every month. From an early start as a newspaper delivery person to eventually owning the Seattle Sun and Star, Bolz has had an extensive career in print publication. Currently, she is a full time volunteer with Green Seattle, Mad P P-patch Community Garden and also at her children’s school.