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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Forest Steward Spotlight: Stephane

Stephane

Forest Stewards are community members who volunteer their time to lead restoration events at forested parks and open spaces throughout the year. They are an essential partner in reaching our Green Issaquah goals. Learn more about the experience from one of our current Forest Stewards, Stephane. She and her son are working to create forested habitat by the Dogwood bridge. 

Q: How long have you been a Forest Steward?
A: I had previous experience with the Green Snoqualmie program, so when I moved to Issaquah in 2017 I was excited to discover that a volunteer forest restoration program was in development here. I have been engaged in this community work since that time.
 
Q: What is your favorite plant?
A: I discover new favorites all the time the more I learn about local botany! I have a special fondness for forest floor species like salal and ferns. I also like to look out for the dainty leaves of the red huckleberry growing on nurse logs, so that I know good spots to partake of a small snack when the berries emerge.
 
Q: Do you have a favorite nature-related moment while working at Dogwood?
A: One Friday in September, I took a break from work to observe Issaquah Creek and the salmon swimming by. While enjoying the sounds and cool air, a bobcat quietly walked past me and disappeared into the brush. That was a special day.
 
Q: What are some takeaways you have gained through the Forest Steward program?
A: People bring such varied experiences and perspectives to the activities in which they engage. I have benefited from meeting and learning from others. It is so rewarding to work with Green Issaquah, and to see the landscape transformations possible as a result of a relatively small individual commitment from a group of individuals.

Thank you to Stephane and all our Forest Stewards for your dedication and contributions to building thriving forested habitats! Interested in being a Forest Steward? Learn more here.

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