Habitat Stewardship Program

Habitat Stewardship Program

If you want to help improve a restoration site Pierce Conservation District has completed in the past, consider becoming a Habitat Steward. Over the years we have planted dozens of sites, but with ever-present outside threats these sites need ongoing care into establishment.  Have a favorite planting you attended and want to reconnect with that space?  Inspired to help us with our highest priority sites? We are looking for you.
You will receive a valuable FREE training in restoration and maintenance techniques, volunteer management, project implementation, and much more. Sites will be selected based on need and individual interest.  Contact Melissa at melissab@piercecd.org for more information.

Current sites with Habitat Stewards - always looking for more helping hands!

Dead Man's Pond, Puyallup

1605 23rd Ave SW

Once home to the endangered Western Pond Turtle, Dead Mans Pond is a small jewel in Puyallup. The open space hosts an arboretum, native plant demonstration sites, and has a nice canopy cover. Site stewards are working to clear blackberry and other invasives from the under story and planting young evergreen trees as there has been a lack of tree regeneration.

Thelma Gilmur

Thelma Gilmur Park is an undeveloped, 7-acre site made up of foot trails, interpretive signs, and one-of-a-kind lookouts around a diverse wetland ecosystem. The park was acquired by the City of Fircrest in 1975 which dedicated the space to Thelma Glimur herself on October 24, 1995 in response to her vigorous fight to preserve the land and prevent it from being developed upon. Once a sphagnum peat bog mining location, the park is now home to a wide variety of aquatic plant life which consists of reed grasses, cattails, and native willow, among others.

Meeker Creek Open Space, Puyallup

Corner of 14th St SW and 10th Ave SW

Originally planted in 2015 this site is in it's early stages of establishment.  The 10+ acre sites includes active floodplains, riparian habitat, and upland environments.  Work includes keeping the invasive grass at bay while our native trees grow above it.  Fall includes lots of opportunity for planting.

Silver Creek, Puyallup

926 12th Avenue SW

The Silver Creek Habitat Stewardship Group is focusing on removing invasive plants, such as bedstraw, morning glory, Japanese knotweed, ivy and reed canary grass, and establishing native trees and shrubs, with a focus on native Oregon Oak and native flowering plant habitat (to benefit pollinating insects)

Whittier Park, Fircrest

901 Contra Costa Ave

Whittier park sits next to the Leach Creek headwaters, which flows into Chambers Creek and then into Puget Sound.  Stewards are working to clear the understory of the headwater's forest of invasive blackberry and ivy to make way for future plantings. 

If you would like to volunteer with any of these Habitat Steward groups, contact Melissa at melissab@piercecountycd.org