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Incite Action, Create Community with Groundswell NW – Jan 29

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Phinney Ridge Community Center [brick building] (map)

Join Groundswell NW at their 2020 community meeting: ‘Incite Action. Create Community. Celebrate!’ Open to all, the meeting will highlight Groundswell NW community partners as well as further explore how programs such as the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife program can help turn the corner to a healthier and vibrant community.

After a short Groundswell business meeting, guest speaker, Courtney Sullivan, will share the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) top 10 City for Wildlife designation for Seattle. This designation recognizes cities that are not only taking direct action to help wildlife, but whose residents are also creating wildlife habitat in their backyards, balconies, at schools and throughout their communities.

The Seattle region currently has a total of 974 Certified Wildlife Habitats, out of which 33 are Schoolyard Habitats. Sustainability plans such as the Seattle Climate Action Plan and the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan seeks to restore green spaces, creeks and urban areas. “Seattle maintains over 6,400 acres of parklands, 2,500 of which are forested and undergoing intensive restoration efforts,” (Seattle Parks Department) With large, contiguous parks such as Discovery, Lincoln and Warren G. Magnuson Parks, as well as smaller gems distributed throughout the City, Seattle provides good habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species, and continues efforts to improve these animal homes. Being both an Urban Bird Treaty City and a Bee City, Seattle acknowledges the value of wildlife and healthy habitats, and is working to provide a safer home for wildlife through its policies and actions.”

After the keynote speaker Groundswell will announce their local heros and have time to mix, mingle, enjoy refreshments and visit with community partners. Contact: groundswellnw@gmail.com.