TreePAC Board – 2019
John Barber is a former member of the Seattle Parks Board and serves as Chair of the citywide Friends of Street Ends and of the Parks and Greenspaces Committee of the Leschi Community Council, and past chair of Open Space Advocates. He is a p-patch gardener, native plant steward, urban forest steward and has worked on a number of park projects in the Leschi neighborhood, including Leschi Natural Area, Frink, Flo Ware, and Powell Barnett Parks, and Lake Washington Boulevard.
Richard Ellison – Vice-Chair of TreePAC, is the founder of Save Seattle’s Trees. He is an Adjunct Professor at Seattle area colleges teaching environmental science and biology. In 1996 he spearheaded a development appeal to protect 24 big U-district trees, which eventually reached the 1997 Seattle City Council. While the Council denied most of the appeal, it protected the tallest Chinese Tree Privet in Washington State with a $2500 bond, the first tree bond ever in Seattle. He was also a member of Councilmember Jan Drago’s Urban Forest Task Force from 1997-2000.
Ira Ford is a nature enthusiast and avid gardener. He grew up in Mercer Island, Washington and studied at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He graduated in 2015 with a degree in environmental studies and then spent four months studying tropical biodiversity and organic agriculture in Costa Rica. Upon returning home to the Seattle area, he became involved with local environmental efforts while pursuing the Master Pruner certification with PlantAmnesty, under the mentorship of the now-deceased Cass Turnbull, who inspired him to strive to make a difference in the local environment. Ira joined the board of directors of both PlantAmnesty and TreePAC in January of 2017. He currently lives in Bellevue and works in major construction sales for a firm in Seattle. On weekends and holidays, he often spends his time hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing in the Wenatchee National Forest or traveling along the Washington coast. Ira’s favorite broadleaf tree is the Pacific madrone and his favorite conifer tree is the ponderosa pine.
Katy Griffith – Treasurer of TreePAC, graduated fro Western Washington University with a degree in biology and math. She worked for many years at Microsoft. Recently retired she is now active in grassroots progressive politics, nature photography and native plant landscaping. She is a strong advocate for increasing protection for Seattle’s trees and urban forest.
David Moehring – is a Capital Planner at the University of Washington Bothell and a licensed architect since 1989. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). He is a member of the Land Use Committee of Seattle’s Magnolia Community Council, and an advocate for Seattle’s Green Canopy goals, exterior amenity space, and sustainable design. He is a volunteer to assist fellow Seattle homeowners who may be affected by neighboring growth and is driven to preserve the wonderful balance of urban form and nature that distinctively sets Seattle apart from other cities in the United States.
Joyce Moty – TreePAC Secretary is currently a board member of GROW, the non-profit advocate for the Seattle P-Patch Program and member of the Lifelong Recreation Council for Seattle Parks and Recreation. She is a native plant and urban forest steward and long time volunteer in southeast Seattle parks. She worked on the Protect Our Parks Citizen Initiative #42 that became Seattle City Ordinance #118477 that prevents park land from being developed into non-park uses without equal replacement. This ordinance saved what is today Bradner Gardens Park from becoming a development of 18 market rate houses.
Kevin Orme – is a local technology professional and has been a Seattle resident since 1994, originally from Portland,OR by way of Utah. He first learned of Plant Amnesty in 1999, transferring several large Rhody’s in his yard through the group. A treehugger since the 70″s with a BS in Biology in the distant past, he believes the saddest sound in the world is that of a chainsaw. He is also a member of Bats Northwest and countless other environmental orgs (local and beyond), otherwise blogging infrequently at Green Belief.
Lance Young – is involved in the Interurban Trail Preservation Trail Society has actively monitored Seattle City Light’s pruning and removal of trees along it’s powerlines. He lives in Shoreline, WA.
Steve Zemke- TreePAC Chair is currently The Vice-Chair of the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission, serving in the wildlife biologist position. Steve also serves as Chair of the Friends of Seattle’s Urban Forest which is active in promoting a long needed update to Seattle’s tree protection ordinance. They also have a facebook page – Friends of Seattle’s Urban Forest.
Steve was the founder and Chair of Save the Trees – Seattle. They were the main organization behind the effort to save a madrona conifer forest area of about 120 trees in the NW corner of the Ingraham High School campus in North Seattle. His group also helped to pass an interim update to the current tree protection laws in Seattle. He proposed the idea of an Urban Forestry Commission for the City of Seattle which Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata championed as legislation and which the Seattle City Council passed.
TreePAC Advisory Board:
Ken Jacobsen was a Democratic Party member of the Washington State Senate. He was elected to represent the 46th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives in 1982 and was subsequently reelected for six more terms. He was appointed (and subsequently elected) to the State Senate in 1997, and served though 2010. He served as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman in 2003, the Majority Caucus Vice Chairman in 1999 and 2001, and he is a former chair of the House Higher Education Committee. He was the chair of the Senate Natural Resources, Oceans and Recreation Committee, and on the Transportation Committee, Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee and Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee.
TreePAC’s Founder – Cass Turnbull, who passed away in Jan 2017, was the founder and president of PlantAmnesty, a 25 year old, 1,200 member, non-profit group to promote better pruning. Cass Turnbull was also the owner of Cass Turnbull Gardening Services and author of the popular garden book, Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning. Cass was the founding member and President of TreePAC and was active in efforts to convert surplus city property to open space and parks for Seattle residents.