Ecological & Agricultural Resources
For more information contact:
Leah Tivoli | (206) 733-9704 | Leah.Tivoli@seattle.gov
For more information check out the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Report here.
We are the caretakers of over 4,500 acres of Seattle's urban ecosystem including forests, shoreline, wetlands, and meadows as well as agricultural resources such as community gardens and orchards. By maintaining and restoring these lands we are providing Seattle residents with services like clean air, clean water, carbon sequestration, and donation of locally grown food.
To learn more about the ecological benefits of Seattle's park land check out The Economic Benefits of Seattle's Park and Recreation System (2011) or Seattle's Forest Ecosystem Values (2012). You can also learn more about our Urban Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan (2000).
MAINTAIN A VIBRANT URBAN FOREST
Seattle's urban forest is at risk. We have an aging forest that is being overtaken by invasive plants like English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry. The forest is unable to take care of itself and requires our help to pull out invasive plants and plant new trees to establish the next generation of forest.
Find our more information about our Urban Forest System and the Green Seattle Partnership.
MAINTAIN OUR FORESTED TRAILS
The aim of our forested trail system is to provide access to Seattle's natural areas. Our 120-mile soft surface trail system provides a national park experience in a city setting.
Find out more information about our Trail System and the work by the Youth Green Corps partnership with Goodwill.
STEWARD URBAN ORCHARDS, FARMS AND GARDENS
The Good Food Program's mission is to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, steward parkland for long-term sustainability and support the local food system while building community. Thanks to 18 non-profit and governmental partners as well as individual stewards, we have a thriving stewardship program at our community gardens, orchards, and farms. We dedicate 1 million square feet of parkland to growing food including 12 community gardens, 3 urban farms, 30 p-patch gardens and 8 park orchards.
Find out more information on our Good Food's Grow Programs, Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch program and the City of Seattle Food Action Plan.
CONNECT PEOPLE TO HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
Programming in our community gardens and orchards fosters understanding of where our food comes from, sustainable food choices and the joy of cooking produce out of the garden. Through the help of non-profits and volunteers, we provide low-cost educational opportunities to grow, cook, and eat nutritious foods grown in our parks. We donated 18,000 pounds of produce from our community gardens and orchards to food banks and educational programming.
Find out more information on our Good Food's Eat Programs.
Updated October 15, 2014