About the ARME
This initiative has been originally designed in partnership between the Washington State University Ornamental Plant Pathology Program and Seattle Parks and Recreation's Green Seattle Partnership. However, we have the desire to grow this thing across the Pacific madrone's entire range!
In April 2016, partners and stakeholders joined us for the Future of the Pacific Madrone Symposium at WSU Puyallup. Participants expressed concerns for the condition of Pacific madrone populations and brainstormed a ‘wish list’ for research and possible actions. In particular, participants noted the need for a survey and database dedicated to learning more about the health of madrone populations. Also, people discussed the desire for expanded education and creation of better practices for madrone cultivation and conservation.
These discussions evolved into the creation of the Arbutus ARME and the following project elements and outcomes:
regular Pacific madrone newsletter
inclusion of a Pacific madrone as the 1st Western tree in the TreeSnap smartphone application
educational workshops in the Puget Trough region of Washington State
support for research projects, like the range wide common garden trials quanitifying the variation in severity of madrone health problems, identifying resistant/resilient sources, and predicting extent of madrone health problems in forests containing this species now, and in future climates
seed collection, propagation and restoration efforts as part of Green Seattle Partnership's Madrone Recovery Project
development of best management practice guides through Washington State University Extension
Click here to view the April 2016 "Needs and Opportunities" brainstorm about all the research, extension, community science, publicity and funding ideas that could be elevated
The People behind the ARME
Marianne is a Plant Pathologist with Washington State University Plant Pathology Program. She has a special history with madrone research and is co-founder of Arbutus ARME. Marianne plays a key role in identifying madrone diseases and encouraging madrone research and collaboration.
Michael is a Plant Ecologist with Seattle Parks and Recreation. Supporting Green Seattle Partnership efforts, he designs and directs the restoration projects in Seattle’s forested natural areas. Michael is the creator and host of treehugger podcast, runs trails and jumps into water.
Arbutus ARME Partners
Seattle Parks and Recreation's Green Seattle Partnership
Mixed madrone forests are an underrepresented forest type in Seattle. GSP has jumpstarted its own Madrone Recovery Project focused on conserving, planting and developing best management practices for restoring Pacific madrone.