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Central Puget Sound Chapter Native Plant Stewardship Programs


WNPS Native Plant Steward Advanced Workshop Series

One of the first in a series of WNPS - Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) Continuing Education workshops that will be offered to all Master Native Plant Stewards from now through June of 2018.  Whether you are a Veteran Master Steward, recent graduate, or somewhere in between, you are invited to participate in this interactive series!

Send RSVP, restoration questions, & inquiries to Joy Wood at CPSStewardshipProgram@gmail.com   or 206-963-5704

Save the Date!
Permits and Regulations:  Doing Restoration in Critical Areas

Saturday, December 2nd,  10:30am

Shoreline (King County) Public Library
345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline WA 98155

Join Ecologist and Master Native Plant Steward, Doug Gresham, and Ecologists Paul Anderson and Diane Hennessey, all from the State of Washington, Department of Ecology to learn how to navigate official permits and regulations in this interactive workshop.  By the end of this workshop, Master Stewards will be able to

  • Identify Critical Areas in restoration projects
  • Search the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) codes for the relevant regulations
  • Determine when it is necessary to obtain a permit to do restoration
  • Determine which permit is needed (i.e. City, State, County, Federal, or all of the above)
  • Ascertain, locate, and adhere to the permitting fees, paperwork, and relevant reporting requirements
  • File for permits

This will be the second in a series of seven WNPS - Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) Continuing Education workshops that will be offered to all Master Native Plant Stewards from now through June of 2018. 

Please send RSVP and inquiries to Joy Wood at CPSStewardshipProgram@gmail.com  or 206-963-5704


Meet the Program Coordinator

It is with much enthusiasm that I look forward to supporting and engaging with all WNPS – CPS Master Native Plant Stewards as the CPS Stewardship Program Coordinator.  As many of you already know, stewardship is the key to success in urban ecological restoration.  As a matter of fact, for my M.S. Thesis at UW, I quantified the ecological success of restoration as evidenced by the resulting native plant cover, richness, and diversity at 29 sites in the Puget Sound Lowland Ecoregion after varying lengths of time since the implementation of restoration.  Although every site presented with many differences, it was possible to measure restoration success based on ecological outcomes from factors of invasive removal technique, mulch application technique, time, plant installations, and the level of stewardship (as defined by the degree at which an individual or group was involved in the monitoring and maintenance of each site).
For more on my work, click HERE.



WNPS Master Native Plant Stewardship Program

Steward graduates April 2017

Please welcome the 2017
Class of Master Native Plant Stewards
from the City of Shoreline!
These 27 graduates have completed the 12-week, 100-hour training portion of the program and are ready to embark on their stewardship adventure in community ecological restoration and service to the Central Puget Sound Chapter. Their restoration projects will be implemented as early as June in Boeing Creek, Shoreview, Hamlin, Twin Ponds, and Brugger’s Bog Parks throughout the City of Shoreline.  They will be posting volunteer opportunities and other relevant news on the WNPS Stewardship News-You-Can-Use web page, so stay tuned! 
Congratulations, 2017 Master Native Plant Stewards!


Get Involved!
The CPS Stewardship Chair, Chrys Sacco Bertollotto, can be reached for questions at sitka.periwinkle@gmail.com or at (206)588-1247.
Becoming a Master WNPS Native Plant Steward is a great opportunity to develop your knowledge and have a positive effect on your community.
Volunteers who want to learn about native plants so they can restore and protect natural habitats in the Puget Sound Region are encouraged to apply. The ten week program is free in exchange for a 100 hour volunteer commitment.

Program Goals

  • To train and create a citizenry informed about native plant ecosystems and their critical value to the health of Washington’s natural resources and quality of life.
  • To provide the highest quality training utilizing experts and specialists in a variety of disciplines.
  • To make the Native Plant Stewardship Program accessible to a wide range of individuals.
  • To provide motivation and inspiration for community service and involvement in restoring native plant ecosystems and educating others. 

CPS Region Native Plant Stewardship Program History

The WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program was started in 1996 by the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and Washington State University Cooperative Extension, King County.

Starting in 2000, the Program expanded to include two training classes, one in King County and one in Snohomish County. In 2006 and 2009 we offered the program in Pierce County.

The Program is administered by the Washington Native Plant Society with the assistance and technical support of non-profit organizations, local government agencies, scientists, and previous native plant stewards.

The CPS Stewardship Advisory Committee provides guidance and direction in program goals and policy for the chapter program.  In 2015, the Advisory Committee conducted a comprehensive overview of the Master Native Plant Stewardship Program identifying ways to improve it.  The committee created a Concept Plan in 2015 for chapter programs.

Since the program began, funding has come from many sources, including the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team, King County Water Quality Block Grant, USDA Forest Service, Starflower Foundation, King County Waterworks, the Puget Sound Urban Resources Partnership, Natural Resource Stewardship Network, the Seattle Foundation, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the King Conservation District and the cities of Seattle, Issaquah, Kirkland, Sammamish, Bellevue and Redmond.

The generous support of WNPS members has sustained it.  Ongoing support for WNPS Stewardship has been provided by the generous estate gifts of the Karen Hinnman Estate, and the Estate of John and Jane Titland.

How you can help

  • Contribute expertise to stewards' training.
  • Provide continuing education for stewards.
  • Volunteer for Stewardship projects.
  • Raise public awareness of the program and the Washington Native Plant Society.

The WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program educates community volunteers about our region’s native plants and plant communities, and teaches how to use this knowledge to protect and restore Washington’s natural ecosystems.


CPS Stewardship Grant Program
CPS Stewardship Advisory Committee
CPS Stewardship Concept Plan

Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities

Updated: November 14, 2017
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