South Sound Chapter Native Plant Stewardship Program
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South Sound Native Plant Stewardship
Course concluded in Summer 2016
Welcoming Graduate Stewards in Pierce County
Current Program Information
Where: Tacoma Nature Center, Pierce County
The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and its South Sound Chapter are offering a Native Plant Stewardship Program for Pierce and Thurston Counties in Spring 2016.
The six-week, no-cost program combines classroom learning with field trips to educate stewards about the region’s native plants and their roles in local ecosystems, and how to use this knowledge to protect and restore these ecosystems. Stewards will receive a minimum of 30 hours of direct training, supplemented by selected readings and videos assigned for home study.
The program will include:
- An overview of Puget Sound ecosystems and their environmental settings, with special focus on riparian and wetland habitats, lowland forests, and south Puget Sound prairies and oak woodlands.
- Identification of key native plants and plant communities of the south Puget Sound.
- An increased understanding of the key roles native plants play in ecosystem functions, such as wildlife habitat, water quality, and more.
- Identification of important noxious and invasive weeds and methods for their control.
- Principles and practices of ecological restoration, including hands-on experience in planting, invasive species management, and other practices.
- How to work individually and as part of a team to maintain and restore habitats for native plants and wildlife. We will include overviews of local conservation organizations and public agencies that need your help!
- Perhaps most importantly, stewards will acquire the tools and resources to continue learning and contributing long after the course has been completed.
• Classroom sessions: Five (5) Tuesdays (April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10);
One (1) Monday (April 18), from 6:30-9:00 PM.
Classes will be held at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 So. Tyler Street, Tacoma.
• Field trips: Three Saturdays (April 9, 30; May 7). Plan on a full day!
Prospective stewards must be members of the Washington Native Plant Society (This is easy! Visit www.wnps.org), and must commit to providing 30 hours of volunteer service on approved local conservation and restoration projects (this equals the number of training hours provided).
The Pierce Conservation District and other local conservation organizations and land trusts will assist with training and have many volunteer projects where stewards can join in.
Stewards must apply in advance. WNPS Native Plant Steward Application
Download the form, complete on your computer, Save the file as: StewardAP_YOUR_NAME.pdf and email to the Program Coordinator, Jim Evans.
For more information and to apply, contact:
State Stewardship Program Manager
Washington Native Plant Society