Monday, February 25th | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Tukwila Community Center
As our region is growing and changing, so is the nature of those experiencing homelessness and its environmental impacts to our public lands and waters. In this workshop we will gain a deeper understanding on the changing nature of who is living in our green spaces, their needs, and the impact on our lands and waters. We will look at available resources and collaborations to help maintain the health of environmental restoration sites and the health of those encamped on them through new approaches which provide innovative and collaborative solutions. The workshop’s goal is not to solve homelessness but to better understand it in order to: Mitigate the environmental impacts Promote safety Reduce maintenance costs Connect individuals to support services Promote positive behaviors of usage which in turn support the environmental health of these areas. This is a workshop for professional government planners, ecologists, land managers, communication specialists, volunteer managers, and all those working in habitat restoration, maintenance of natural areas and water quality who are responsible for managing and stewarding our public lands and waters. Registration opens at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast.