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About the Green Kirkland Partnership

pictures of volunteers

Who we are:
The Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses and the community to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas in the City. The majority of the restoration efforts are accomplished by our dedicated volunteers. These volunteers may join us just one time or volunteer over and over again. It takes everyone to restore our natural areas!

What we do:
The Partnership seeks to remove invasive plants from city parks and plant native species. This ambitious goal cannot be achieved without the help of volunteers.

Our Mission is to restore and maintain healthy forested and natural parklands by building a supportive community that works together to protect Kirkland’s valuable natural resources for current and future generations. Achieving this involves training and supporting volunteers in restoration activities.

In 2008, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and the City of Kirkland created it's first Green Kirkland Partnership 20-Year Forest Restoration Plan. This was updated in 2015 to include the new neighborhoods and natural areas that were added to Kirkland through the annexation in 2011. The updated 20 Year Forest and Natural Areas Restoration Plan provides a baseline of the current conditions (in 2015) of Kirkland's natural areas and creates an outline for the restoration of these areas. Questions about the 20-Year Plan? email Sharon Rodman (srodman@kirklandwa.gov).

Why this work is important:
Green Kirkland Partnership supporters believe that everyone benefits from having healthy natural spaces and forests in their communities. Due to the logging and building history of Kirkland, we have lost most of our original tree cover. Currently we lack trees to replace those that are aging and dying because much of our urban forest understory is dominated by aggressive invasive plants. If this trend continues, we will be left with forests that are swaths of blackberry, ivy and morning glory.

our forests without help

Our trees and urban forest provide us with clean air and water, they hold onto water during storms and create habitat for birds and wildlife. The Green Kirkland Partnership is working to reverse the decline of our forest by removing invasive species and planting back native vegetation that will grow into healthy and diverse forests. The below graphic shows the impact our work can make:

100 year graph

Our Partners:
Partners and supporters are an integral part of the Green Kirkland Partnership's success. Our partners come in all shapes and sizes, from national funders to local non-profits and community volunteers.  Each partner contributes to our restoration goals. Partners include:

Community Partners

 

 Restoration Partners

 

 Funders & Supporters

WNPS logoEastide Audubon Logo


NWF logo  Kiwanis Club


Forterra Logo 

 

 EarthCorps Logo

 UW- REN logo 

   KCD Logo   

Urban and community forestry logo-small   USFS

Kirkland Parks Foundation Logo

The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation
 



Contact Us:
Do you have questions about the Green Kirkland Partnership or how you can get involved?
Email us: greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov 
Call us: 425-587-3306

Parks Department Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
123 5th Ave  Kirkland, WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3300 | F. 425.587.3303