Seattle Parks seeks a few good sanctuary sites


Of all the things I love about this city, one of the things I love the most are our Seattle Parks. Big or small or in-between, concrete jungle or wild wonderland, we’ve got an excellent variety of public park space available to us and I think that by and large the Parks Department does an excellent job of maintaining all of it.

Back in 2009, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners approved the Wildlife Sanctuary Policy, a plan focused on the Parks Department’s commitment to sustaining habitats for wildlife including local populations of endangered and threatened species and locally important species with declining populations.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify and protect critical urban habitats for these vulnerable creatures.

Help them help these species by nominating a park site that you think should become a sanctuary. Nominations are open between April 15 and June 15. Assessments of all nominations will be completed by June 30, with the Parks Superintendent having the final say on all nominated sanctuaries.

Nomination forms, instructions and references are available online at the Wildlife Sanctuary website.

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