Let’s restore habitat, recover wildlife and recharge our communities for a thriving Northwest

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Fighting Fire with Fire

“I think [fire and I] have a mutual understanding. I know it can take my life at any moment, if it chooses, but I have a lot of respect for it. It's a powerful living beast, but it's also a tool.”

Wildfires are intensifying in Washington state as climate change brings hotter, dryer seasons to forested landscapes in need of active management. Yet for the state’s prescribed fire team, fire can be a conservation tool when used right.


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Healthy Habitats

 


Greener streets, bluer skies!



Since 2009, the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program has helped Seattle residents plant more than 11,300 trees in their yards and along the street at no cost. We all benefit as each tree re-duces carbon and water pollution, cools our communities, creates wildlife habitat, and gives us the gifts of beauty and joy for generations.


Duwamish River Cleanup



To trace Seattle’s lower Duwamish River, a 5.5 mile Superfund Site, is to trace the historic and contemporary injustices of a community with disproportionately high environmental health burdens. Neighborhood, Tribal, environmental and small business organizations have joined together as the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. They advise the federal cleanup of toxic, hazardous waste through direct community input, and invest in the resiliency of the families and wildlife who call this place home. You can support the coalition by joining their tours, events, volunteer and advocacy opportunities throughout the year.


Plant a Free Tree

PARTICIPATION LEVEL: MEDIUM EFFORT



To clean and green the city, Seattle offers free trees and planting resources to renters and homeowners. Apply for your tree and sign up for training and support services. You don’t have to have a green thumb to be emerald at heart—Seattle's Trees for Neighborhoods program will help you select the right tree and location and learn all about care and maintenance.

Apply for your tree

 


I am Omaretta and I heal through growing food

"I truly believe wherever there's some soil, something can be grown there. And I do think that more green spaces would allow for the planet to heal. It seems like it's kind of not feeling well right now. Even though the planet is here to help us heal and feed us, there are things we can do to empower the earth to continue doing its job. And that's to make sure that we're nourished. We all deserve to eat."

Omaretta Sharpley is a farm coordinator with Common Acre at the Wetmore Community Garden, growing edible plants in a once undeveloped street in Rainier Valley. The valued green space is free for community members to harvest, and food is shared regularly with neighbors in SEED housing and the Rainier Valley food bank

Use #IAmLivingNorthwest to share your story of how you recover community spaces for a thriving Northwest.



Growing Old

“What would it look like, within the next 50 years, for Seattle to become a place where both trees and humans grow old?” That’s what "Growing Old", a limited-run, eight-episode podcast series produced in Seattle explores through diverse voices and perspectives. Created by Lylianna Allala, Colleen Echohawk, and Tamara Power-Drutis. Produced by: Katie Mosehauer. In partnership with Chief Seattle Club and Earth Day Northwest 2020.

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Restore Nearby Habitat

PARTICIPATION LEVEL: MEDIUM EFFORT

Our friends at Forterra maintain Green City Partnerships in cities throughout Washington where you can volunteer to restore urban parks and green spaces. Some in-person events may be altered for safety precautions. Look up a habitat restoration project or event near you and volunteer to help.

Volunteer for habitat and wildlife near you

 


Evergreen at Heart

PARTICIPATION LEVEL: LOW EFFORT

Though Washington has been called the Evergreen State since the 1890s, many of the trees that gave us our nickname outdate us by centuries. The oldest and tallest among them, known as champion trees, are massive to behold and a reminder of what’s at stake when we fight to protect and restore our forests.


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Just how massive?

Recovering Wildlife

 


I'm Matt. I am a prescribed fire manager who loves to help improve our ecosystems

“I don't think of myself as a conservationist, I think of myself more as a firefighter or fire practitioner. But when you look at the sense of a conservationist, [when] you get right down to it, that's what we're doing. We're trying to conserve and protect this landscape, improve it.”

Matt Eberlein is the Prescribed Fire Program Manager for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He leads his crews to apply preventative, controlled burns to state-managed landscapes to reduce forest debris that can otherwise fuel intense wildfires during our increasingly hot and dry summers.

Use #IAmLivingNorthwest to share your story of how you recover habitat for a thriving Northwest.

 


Speak Up for Grizzly Restoration

PARTICIPATION LEVEL: LOW EFFORT



Add your voice to the Living Northwest community calling for a brighter future for Cascades grizzlies. Where grizzlies thrive, so do wildness, clean water, and abundant fish and wildlife. Woodland Park Zoo has joined the Friends of the North Cascades Grizzly Coalition to endorse a science-based, community-engaged process in restoring grizzlies to the North Cascades. Add your name to the list of supporters to help show the federal government there is strong public will for action.

Sign the grizzly support statement


Orca Need Salmon

PARTICIPATION LEVEL: LOW EFFORT

Our Southern Resident Killer Whales are hungry. Protecting them means protecting salmon. Healthy salmon need healthy habitat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife explains how we’re all connected by these challenges—and the solutions.

Follow the cycle


Spawning Grounds

In a rapidly growing and changing community, the plight of the kokanee salmon of Lake Sammamish is bringing together Tribal leaders, county and state agencies, landowners and conservation groups. Spawning Grounds explores what more we preserve when we look out for our "little red fish” together.

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Butterflies Return



The eggs start out about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Each year, Woodland Park Zoo hatches endangered Oregon silverspot butterflies and rears the young larvae until they pupate. Since 2001, we’ve been releasing 1,000-2,000 pupae each summer to protected Northwest coastland meadows where the butterflies take flight. With our partners at Oregon Zoo, we’ve been able to re-build three butterfly populations and establish two new populations along the Oregon Coast.

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Flying Goats


Credit: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Surefooted on alpine slopes, hundreds of mountain goats also tested their aerial skills when state and federal wildlife agencies began airlifting goats from the Olympic Mountains to be transferred to their native Cascades range. Introduced in the 1920s by humans to the Olympics, goat populations had proliferated there while their native populations dwindled in the Cascades.

Since 2018, 275 goats have been translocated by helicopter to rebuild stable and connected populations in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. Kid goats unable to be reunited with their moms and in need of a long-term home have found residence at Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Oregon Zoo.


Grouse Podcast

A former city reporter relocates to sagebrush country under eastern Washington skies and discovers a local bird there that carries the stories of our past and our hope and concerns for the future. Hosted by Ashley Ahearn, “Grouse" is an eight-part podcast series produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio.


This Land is Part of Us

"Here, at the northern extent of the great 'Sagebrush Sea' that once sprawled across much of the American West, growing collaboration between agencies, Native American Tribes, conservation organizations, local landowners, and other partners seeks to preserve and restore shrub-steppe ecosystems while supporting cultural and economic values."


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Golden eagles, short-eared owls and rough-legged hawks make their home in this changing landscape—where our own Living Northwest program's Raptors of the Shrub-Steppe aids in the protection of raptors and the shrub-steppe habitats they occupy.

Watch this stunning short film by our friends at Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and Conservation Northwest and let us know how you connect with this incredible place.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

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Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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