Category Archive: Taiga Wetlands

Taiga Wetlands Presentation – at Society of Wetland Scientists and at The Hearthstone

Taiga Wetlands – How Volunteers Restored Habitat in an Urban Lake with Constructed Floating Wetlands: Presentation by FOGL President Rob Zisette at the Society of Wetland Scientists national conference in Spokane on June 30, 2023 and at The Hearthstone at Green Lake on July 10, 2023.

Read the abstract for the presentation

Taiga Wetlands Celebration – July 27, 2023 at 7:30 – 8:15 PM

Please join us to celebrate four years of planning and one year since the successful installation of two floating wetlands by over 30 volunteers to help restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and educate the Green Lake community on the functional values of floating wetlands in memory of Taiga Brant Hinckley.

Where: Green Lake shore at path across from the NW Parking Lot at 7272 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115

Opening remarksRob Zisette, FOGL president and project lead

Guest speakers:

  • Pedro Gómez, Director of External Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle
  • Councilmember Dan Strauss, Seattle City Council, District 6
  • David Graves, Seattle Parks & Recreation Strategic Advisor
  • Tim Lehman, Indigenous Planning Strategist, City of Seattle, Office of Planning & Community Development

Closing: Questions & answers followed by a walk to view the project education sign.

















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Friends of Green Lake VIRTUAL Meeting – July 25, 2023

YOU’RE INVITED! Please join our ZOOM MEETING Tuesday, May 25 at 7 pm


  • Green Lake Litter Patrol by Todd Young
  • The Geography and 10,000+ Plants of Green Lake: A 2020-2023 Naturalist Survey by Ray Easterday
  • Taiga Floating Wetlands Project Celebration on July 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Water Quality Status – Record High Water Clarity
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Additional items of interest

We look forward to seeing you then!

Zoom Instructions

Topic: Friends of Green Lake
Time: July 25, 2023 at 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting!
Meeting ID: 880 9266 0276

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Find your local number:

Rob Zisette
FOGL President
206-787-8262 office
206-930-6585 cell

Next meeting: Tuesday September 26, 2023

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Taiga Wetlands – Green Lake Floating Ecosystem Demonstration Project Update


Taiga Wetlands were successfully installed on Saturday May 28, 2022 by a team of about 40 volunteers. It was an incredible accomplishment to transport, assemble, plant, launch, and anchor the two 680 square-foot floating wetlands in One Day by volunteers who mostly had not done this nor even seen floating wetlands before. You can see them anchored west of Duck Island along with all the nesting ducks and resting great blue heron.

Many thanks go to Galen Fulford from Biomatrix Water for making the trip from Scotland to direct our efforts, which could not have been done without the hard work by our volunteers and with inspiration from Taiga. Be sure to see the project newsletter by Biomatrix with photos and a 1-minute video of the installation.

You can save the link to the Biomatrix Water newsletter and video of the Taiga Wetland Project:

A huge thanks to Sean Hermes and Seattle Parks and Recreation staff for storing and transporting the wetland materials to the lake, supplying wood chips and gravel, and providing foot traffic control during installation. We are thankful for Go Natives Nursery! providing most of the 1,090 plants at a great price and for being able to more than double our order on a Saturday when we realized we had greatly under-planned plant density. Thanks to Taiga’s family for supporting volunteer efforts and to the many Herrera staff who contributed to project design, planning, and installation.

This project was made possible by many private donations and a $50,000 grant from the Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund.  We need to raise about $6,000 more to supplement our material costs and provide sufficient funds for long-term maintenance and monitoring. Please help fund our project by contributing a tax-deductible donation. Send a check payable to Friends of Green Lake to:

Treasurer, Friends of Green Lake, EIN 33-1212539
PO Box 31905, Seattle, WA 98103

For more information see the Project Page.