Mini-summit to focus on natural areas, greenbelts

The Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit is a little more than a week away.

What makes Seattle’s natural areas special? What values are important to your neighborhood? Join the community discussion.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 4, members of the public can attend the Mini-Summit at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St.) to talk about the use of natural areas and greenbelts in Seattle.

The event will include an open house with at least 20 participating organizations and a panel discussion. Panelists include:

Nature Consortium executive director Merica Whitehall;

Seattle University biology professor Mark Jordan, who specializes in habitat analysis;

SvR Design hydrologist Peg Staeheli, a former Urban Forestry commissioner;

Former Park Board commissioner John Barber, a parks and open space advocate and Leschi resident; and

Marty Westerman, of the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition.

Use this opportunity to engage with Seattle Parks’ staff and other local experts.

For more information on the Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit, visit