I am the Puget Sound Cities Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy in Washington, where I get to work collaboratively with those on the ground to increase access to nature for the health and well-being of people and communities. I figure out ways to integrate the priorities of these partners into our larger work.
Before I came to TNC, I worked with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / TAG and Sustainable Seattle, building collaborative and equitable partnerships, implementing community-based and designed projects and effectively engaging our urban communities in projects from idea to action. Though I might be a transplant to the Pacific Northwest, it now has my heart — the beautiful city parks, the neighborhoods full of life and good food, and the diversity of landscapes to escape in.
Kent Hillside Church is now home to 50 garden plots, four cisterns, a tool shed and blossoming community.
Know a tree project that could use some seed money? We are seeking projects that will enhance the urban forest canopy, with specific focus on contributing to positive stormwater management, human wellbeing and other benefits.
The trees we walk by in our cities and towns provide a wide array of benefits — beauty, habitat for our animals and cleaning the air we breathe. But one benefit is often overlooked.
Attendees enjoyed inspirational stories of the boots on the ground projects and engaged in deep discussions of innovative projects pushing the boundaries of green infrastructure.
A project demonstrates the possibilities when developers are motivated to go above and beyond to address stormwater management.
Industry abounds in Seattle's Duwamish Valley, but several projects are underway to expand access to nearby nature for its residents.