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Green Tacoma Partnership

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Ways to Get Involved

Habitat Stewards adopt a green space they love and help coordinate a restoration project there. Our Stewards are community leaders and our most dedicated volunteers. No experience is necessary; training, materials, and support from staff are provided. Current Forest Stewards, click here for your resources.  Interested in becoming a Habitat Steward? Contact us.

Restoration Volunteers get involved at work parties by removing aggressive invasive weeds, planting native trees and shrubs, mulching, watering, building trails, and helping to ensure that our natural areas stay healthy. Our volunteers make it all happen – join in!

Sponsors are critical to the success of the Green Tacoma Partnership. If your business would like to be a part of this amazing effort, please contact us! There are many ways to help, including funding a key piece of the Partnership, making in-kind donations, and bringing employees out to volunteer at a work party. Contact us if you would like to help.

Outreach Supporters help get the word out. If you have contacts at a local media outlet, would be willing to write a letter to your local paper or contact your elected officials, or want to help create or distribute outreach materials, we need you!

Interns help with specific projects, usually in our office. Take a look at Forterra’s intern listings to see if a position is open.

About the Green Tacoma Partnership

The Green Tacoma Partnership is a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Forterra, citizens, educational organizations, neighborhood groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and businesses all working together to sustain a viable healthy network of natural green spaces throughout Tacoma. The Partnership aims to restore and maintain 1,881 acres of Tacoma's green space over the next 20 years. A community of engaged and educated volunteers is the backbone of a strong, healthy, and beautiful Tacoma.

By working with local park restoration groups, the Partnership supports hands-on restoration of local green spaces. Restoration work parties take place continually throughout the year; this work is integral to the restoration of Tacoma's  green spaces.

Why This is Important

Urban natural areas are public assets that beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods. They provide us with clean air and water, stormwater retention and reduced flooding, habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestration, noise buffers, and natural spaces where urban residents can connect with nature and take a break from the built environment. The Green Cities Program thinks long and broad about urban environmental health and works with current best practices in resource management to implement long-term plans on the ground. By engaging the entire community, we build local capacity for stewardship and work towards a long-term vision of urban environmental health.

Learn more about Green Cities research on the value of urban natural areas.

 


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Contact Us

Please contact us at greentacoma@forterra.org, or by phone at (253) 383-7245.

Join the Partnership! Sign up to receive our weekly email with information about opportunities to get involved.

Read about urban natural area restoration in the Puget Sound and beyond at the Green Cities blog.