This site has been created by a Discovery Park Forest Steward (GSP Volunteer) to share the experience he has gained from over sixteen years of on-the-ground experience in removing invasive plants and re-introducing native plants, with the ultimate goal of restoring at least a small part of the Discovery Park ecosystem to a pristine, ecologically functioning, historically authentic and completely native state.
The site is devoted to the specific area that Tom Palm and Phil Vogelzang have named the North Slope Restoration Project (NSRP). This consists of the union of three old adopted areas from the 1997 time-frame: Area 31, Area 24 and Area 9, together comprising nearly 13 acres. A detailed description of the project area can be found elsewhere on this site.
As of 2009 this restoration project and well over 50 others in Discovery Park have been enrolled into the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) and are being actively restored and monitored according to protocols developed by GSP. The GSP encompasses all the 2500 forested acres in Seattle and has expanded into a Green Cities Partnership with other nearby cities under the leadership of Forterra.
For purposes of tracking restoration in the NSRP, all work is now logged into a GSP database and the historical adopted areas have been partitioned according to the following list:
The numeric designations above, .e.g. 16-01, refer to zones defined in the Discovery Park Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) published in 2000. See the Documents section of this web site under the Restoration Resources link.
For a lot more information on the Green Seattle Partnership, go to their web site: GSP
There are many useful resources there for GSP Forest Stewards who have taken training on forest restoration and are actively working on many GSP-enrolled sites in parks all over Seattle. Currently there are over 150 official Forest Stewards, all unpaid volunteers. On this site you can access the online restoration map to see all of the GSP sites in Seattle. This map and the restoration database behind it is maintained by Forterra.
This site will evolve from its current state over time to achieve the following goal:
Provide a set of maps and other graphics showing the areas being actively restored by stewards. This data will include lists of plants found in the area, plants which have been planted in the areas, before and after image archives showing restoration progress over time and narratives detailing what works and what doesn't work in our experience.
Rather than repeat a lot of material here about the history of the Park and its current programs and details, I suggest you check out the sites below if you don't know anything about Discovery Park.
Note that this site is totally paid for, maintained and managed by the volunteer steward who has created it (Thomas Palm). I have no endorsement from Seattle Parks for any of the content presented here and I alone am responsible for the opinions expressed herein.
That being said, please remember that the Park is owned by the people of Seattle and managed for their benefit by the Seattle Parks Department. We, as stewards, respect that and realize that we work under the leadership of the staff who are paid to take care of and restore the Park according to the Master Plan worked out by citizens many years ago. We do our work guided by that Plan, and later documents like the Vegetation Management Plan, and we understand that Parks has the last word on the restoration efforts we undertake.
So, before you head off with your trusty loppers and shovel to fix problems you see in the Park, first, get trained on the proper way to tackle such problems and consult with Park staff on what problems they would like your help in solving right now. The best way to do this is to join a scheduled work party or get trained as a GSP Forest Steward and get your own area to restore at your own pace.
To become a steward, contact Thomas Palm to be connected to GSP and City Parks managers who can schedule a training session and tour the Park with you to find an area in need of your help. Thomas Palm can be reached via email: Mail Discovery Park Lead Forest Steward