Northwest NEWS

April 24, 2000

Local News

Two new Tree Board members

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Barbara Stanfield and Bret Wilson were appointed new members to the Tree Board, at the City Council's April 10 meeting. They fill positions vacated by Karen Steeb and Jim Erickson, whose terms lapsed on Jan. 31. The Council recently had to expand the eligibility boundaries for applicants, due to lack of qualified applicants.

   "Both new members have very strong plant knowledge, and one is a landscape designer who also very eloquently expresses himself," said Steeb, who recently became a City employee and was part of the selection committee.

   "I sat in on the interviews, and all the candidates were impressive but these two stood out," said Councilmember Carol Bogue, a former Tree Board member.

   "The other candidates are of such high caliber, and have indicated such a strong desire to serve the community despite not being selected, we have referred them for other city positions," said Rebecca Perkins, City Staff Secretary for the Tree Board.

   Stanfield, a Woodinville resident, does landscape design and consultation and also works part-time in her lifelong career as a surgical nurse. She earned a Horticulture and Landscape Design degree from Edmonds Community College several years ago. Earlier in life, she earned nursing and anthropology degrees from Columbia University.

   "We moved to the area seven years ago, and I am now looking for a community service avenue after 20 years at Evergreen Hospital," said Stanfield. "I have consulted in the community on residential, horticultural projects, and my husband and I are developing an arboretum on our property. I am also on the board of the Northwest Perennial Alliance (Hardy Plant Society). My children are now independent, and I have time to contribute to the community."

   Wilson lives in unincorporated Woodinville, has owned and operated his own landscape maintenance business, and currently works as a contract administrator for the City of Bellevue's Parks and Community Services Dept. He said he has taken extensive courses in all phases of landscape maintenance including turf, irrigation, nursery operations, pruning, cabling, bracing, tree surgery techniques, tree and planting bed maintenance.

   Wilson has taken classes at South Seattle C.C., Edmonds C.C., Lake Washington C.C., the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture and numerous state-sponsored training sessions. He also attended the National Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management School, including the third-year graduate school.

   "My current position requires me to identify maintenance needs, make recommendations, and follow up on those needs," said Wilson. "I am responsible for over $800,000 in maintenance services each year. I am currently the chair-elect of the Park Resources Section for the Washington Recreation and Parks Association.

   "The installation and care of trees on publicly owned land should be carefully planned, taking into consideration the area the tree is to be planted and the area surrounding it. Picking the right tree for the right place will save dollars in the long run. Diversify the tree species so problems with disease or insects will not harm all trees. I want to help educate the public and developers on leaving greenbelt, instead of a few trees here and there. I have watched the community grow for over 14 years and have seen large parcels of open space disappear."