The Water Quality Team recently welcomed our newest volunteer Habitat Steward, Lucy, who will be hosting monthly work parties at Bradley Lake Park for the upcoming year. Welcome, Lucy! Thank you for your dedicated service. We thought it would be fun to do a little interview so everyone could get to know her a little better.
Pierce Conservation District: What made you want to get involved in Habitat Stewardship?
I got involved in the Habitat Stewardship after volunteering at Green Puyallup Day. I wanted to get involved in volunteer work in my community and give back to the green spaces that I have enjoyed for many years.
PCD: What is your background and career aspirations?
I grew up in the Lake Tapps area and went to UW Tacoma for my B.S in Environmental Science. My career aspirations are to work in Water Quality at a local level. I would also love to work for the EPA or Department of Ecology someday!
PCD: What do you look forward to in the upcoming Habitat Stewardship year?
This year I am looking forward to meeting and educating volunteers at Bradley Lake Park. It is rewarding to see the progress with blackberry removal volunteers have made so far. I’m also excited for planting new native species in the upcoming months.
PCD: Any observations from the work parties you’ve attended?
I love seeing people in the community come together to improve the habitats at Bradley Lake Park and Pioneer Place II. The volunteers' enthusiasm for giving back to the green spaces is very infectious!
PCD: Do you have a pitch for why other people should become a Habitat Steward?
It is a great way to get out into nature and connect with others in our community. It’s an enriching experience if you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty :).
Thank you, Lucy, we really look forward to working with you, and seeing the great work you will do at Bradley Lake Park!
Habitat Stewards like Lucy play a huge role in maintaining and making progress on restoring the habitat in open spaces across Puyallup and Fircrest. Through the Habitat Stewardship Program, volunteers are trained in restoration practices and can gain experience in a leadership role. This is a great opportunity to get more involved in the community while gaining experience in environmental restoration practices. If you are interested in learning more about Habitat Stewardship, we hold trainings in the spring and fall. We would love to get to know you more and find the right Habitat Stewardship position for you! Learn more on our Habitat Stewardship page and fill out the training interest form to get started!