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Posted on December 1, 2022 at 11:14 AM by Camila Matamala-Ost
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Green Puyallup Day 2022!
On Green Puyallup Day volunteers celebrate our parks and urban greenspaces by planting and protecting native plant species. Our parks are places that we often take for granted, so it feels very special to build community while helping to improve these community gathering spaces.
The energy of our volunteers means that the four habitat stewardship sites look fantastic, but we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.
It is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when working in restoration: another day another native plant installation or Himalayan blackberry bush vanquished. That is, until we get the chance to share the work we do to an excited group of volunteers. Thank you for the incredible reminder of the importance of working in community.
Posted on November 3, 2022 at 6:55 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost
October is peak planting season in the Pacific Northwest, which means our Water Quality team is busy working with community partners on green stormwater projects. This year, we celebrated both Green Tacoma Day (on Oct 8th) and Orca Recovery Day (on Oct 9th) with volunteers and neighbors in Central Tacoma.
After removing 3,000 square feet of pavement from a parking lot at Peck Fields, the Central Neighborhood Council, Metro Parks Tacoma, and PCD finished transforming this space from gray to green as part of Green Tacoma Day. With 50 volunteers, we planted more than 400 plants, including urban trees, native pollinator plants, and a new rain garden, which will capture and clean polluted runoff. Volunteers also cleared out tons of invasive blackberries to give our new plants plenty of room to grow.
One weekend later, we partnered up with 35 volunteers in the Hilltop at the Oasis of Hope. Over the last year, PCD has worked with the Center and volunteers to remove blackberries that were taking over their rain garden. This year, the rain garden was ready for new plants, and we added over 300 native and pollinator-friendly plants that will fill the rain garden with a diverse and healthy plant community.
Both events were not just great because of the new plants in the ground; they were also celebrations of how individuals and communities can make a tangible difference. Both projects were put forward by community members who wanted to create more green spaces in their neighborhoods. Both rain gardens also collect stormwater runoff from parking lots. These gardens clean this polluted runoff and keep it out of Puget Sound and away from orcas. By working together, neighbors were able to take small steps that add up to a big difference.
PCD regularly has volunteer events all over the county. You can always find upcoming events and opportunities here on our volunteer page.
Posted on September 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost
Joe Farkas is our new Landscape Design Program Coordinator. Coming from us with as a professional landscape designer he will be responsible for designing many of our residential green stormwater projects and managing contractors through installation. Interested in rain gardens, urban habitat, trees, pavement removal, or rain tanks? Joe is here to help!
I would describe myself as a nature enthusiast who enjoys the beauties that Mother Nature has to offer. My happy place is outside either gardening, weeding or going on adventures with my pup, Cowboy! After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and design back in Romania, my true passion blossomed even more after relocating to the United States and finding such a great support system of people and communities who share the same values that I do, conserving and protecting our natural habitats and to connect people back with Mother Nature.
Syd Kuczenski is one of our two AmeriCorps members on the Water Quality team. She will be helping the green stormwater program by managing our Urban Tree Sale, improving our Orcas Love Raingardens sites, and adding resources in our pollinator toolkit.
Hi everyone! I was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from NC State with a degree in Marine Science this past summer. Most of my background is in phytoplankton blooms, water quality monitoring for the city of Raleigh, and freshwater mussel toxicity. But if allowed I will talk your head off about sharks and other deep, dark marine mysteries. When not at the office you can find me hiking, whitewater kayaking, swimming, or cooking with my pup.
Cecilia Black is our second AmeriCorps member on the Water Quality team. She will be helping the Habitat Stewardship program by managing several sites and supporting our Stewards as they do their work.
Hi, my name is Cecilia! I grew up in Puyallup but spent the last 6 years in Spokane, New Hampshire, and Spain only to confirm that Western Washington is the place for me. At Gonzaga University I studied Spanish and Biology with a focus in Research and Ecology. I love camping and hiking, as well as plant identification and heckling the people in my life about planting native species. Much of my time recently has been spent training my family dog to be the perfect adventure buddy :)