Green Cities Toolbox
The Green Cities Toolbox is a collection of resources for city staff, restoration practitioners, and volunteers engaged in community-based stewardship of urban forested parklands and natural areas. Topics include restoration best management practices and planning tools, information on native and invasive plants, as well as engaging and working with volunteers.
Restoration planning & implementation
Tools and expertise to plan and implement restoration at the park or site-level. Includes step-by-step guides for site planning, best management practices (BMPs) for invasive plant removal, native plant installation, mulching, and maintenance.
Native plant identification and propagation resources such as image libraries, keys, databases, and how-to guides.
Resources on the identification and management of aggressive non-native plants and insects.
Protocols and instructions for implementing short- and long-term monitoring of restoration sites.
Community engagement & volunteer management
Best practices for engaging youth, families, and diverse communities in stewardship activities as well as tips for recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers and running successful community restoration events.
Information on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and other safety issues to consider in community-based stewardship.
City–specific volunteer resources
For current stewards and volunteers: Visit your Green City Partnership webpage for reporting forms, maps, and other documents specific to your Green City.
Related Perspectives and News
This year, over two dozen companies participated in ECC. Thanks to them, we planted a whopping 3,330 trees, which, over the next 100 years, will absorb at least 16,650 tons of CO2! The native northwestern conifers we plant absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, effectively offsetting the emissions of program participants. Because we plant locally, the trees also bring the region a host of additional benefits, including stormwater retention, animal habitat and making this place more beautiful.
The Forterra Annual Breakfast once again brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. And we know that it takes all of us to secure the future we want for this region—from conserving lands and stewarding them, to seeding livelihoods for all.
Evergreen Carbon Capture, previously known as C3, is the only carbon mitigation program in the western Washington region. We offer a great local solution for businesses to take their ecological responsibility further. Read more about the program here.
Forterra officially closed on the last-remaining privately owned section of the popular Lake Serene Trail in October 2018. Thanks to massive community support, the purchase of this 190-acre property preserved the trees along the trail and guaranteed permanent public access to Lake Serene Trail’s breathtaking views, waterfalls, and reflective alpine lake—forever.
The City of Tukwila and Forterra has closed on a land transaction with a private owner to expand the Duwamish…
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