The overall goal is to improve the health of the wetlands and streams within the Myers Parcels by removing invasive weed species. The project site, located in the Green/Duwamish Watershed, is in proximity to the headwaters of Hamm Creek, which empties into Puget Sound via the Duwamish River.
The purpose of this project is to protect and conserve the wetlands of Myers Parcels and restore the damage by invasive weed infestations that occurred from neglect by a previous tenant. These Parcels are now in the City of Seattle Finance and Administrative Services Dept. and a section of the parcels is home to a City-sanctioned tiny-house encampment of approximately 50 homeless individuals, Camp Second Chance. The project includes activities that engage community volunteers and residents of Camp Second Chance in the removal of invasive noxious weeds in the area near the wetlands.
The project addresses the social equity justice issues by training and employing the residents that have been displaced from traditional housing due to rising rental costs in the Seattle area. This project, located in a racially diverse low-income area of West Seattle, also demonstrates citizen involvement in environmental stewardship activities and educates about the importance keeping Puget Sound healthy.
1. Community Engagement in environmental stewardship of critical areas such as wetlands and stream tributaries that effect the health of Puget Sound
2. Assessment of invasive plants near the wetlands
3. Removal of invasive weeds to allow the natural re-vegetation of native plant species
This project offers stipends to the camp residents, provides training on invasive species removal, and provides the necessary tools, work boots and jackets. The volunteer participants and the camp residents, who are of varied ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientation, will acquire a skill, increasing employment opportunities, and gain knowledge about the local environment.