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The Washington Native Plant Society is dedicated to the conservation, appreciation, and study of our native flora and associated habitats. Founded in 1976, WNPS is supported by more than 1,500 members in chapters throughout the state. From native plant enthusiasts to professionals working in the botanical/environmental fields, we embrace a wide range of interests and expertise. WNPS offers opportunities to gain, share, and use knowledge about native plants through field trips, workshops, publications, and special projects.
The WNPS has initiated an English ivy removal program -Ivy of Urban Trees (IvyOUT) with a pilot progect in Seward Park. English ivy, botanically known as "Hedera helix" is a non-native invasive plant which is presently out-competing native vegetation. Ivy does not provide significant amounts of food or habitat for native wildlife and tends to harbor populations of rats. Ivy adds weight to trees making them more suceptible to blowing over during storms. It has been linked to tree death through light competition and increased bark moisture.