Where the Water Begins Presenter Spotlight: Elliott Menashe

Elliott Mensahe

Weaving humor, tough love, and native plant expertise, Elliott Menasche, a forester and natural resource planner, will be presenting about utilizing native plants for slope stabilization and shoreline protection in King Conservation District’s upcoming Where the Water Begins workshops.

Where the Water Begins is a workshop designed to provide marine beach and bluff homeowners with information on recognizing and minimizing slope instability and landslides, using native vegetation to reduce erosion, and improving fish and wildlife habitat.

Elliott Menashe has been a natural resource management and planning consultant since 1987 and will present at the Where the Water Begins workshops this summer. His firm, Greenbelt Consulting, based on Whidbey Island, provides forest management services, low-impact development planning guidance, permitting assistance services, and shoreline planning, management, mitigation, and restoration services.

Elliott has written several articles published in various newspapers, textbooks, field guides and other print media and has presented professional papers at symposiums, conferences, and workshops on environmental topics. He has provided educational services for numerous agencies, organizations, and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has been the subject of, or featured in, several articles published by the local and regional press.

Topics Covered by Elliott include:

  • Planting and maintaining native trees and shrubs for the purposes of protecting property and restoring natural functions to the site
  • Managing trees and shrubs for views
  • Utilizing a forest’s natural functions to manage water and stabilize slopes
  • Landscaping practices that improve or weaken slope stability
  • Creating a site management plan
  • Tree maintenance
  • Invasive weed control
  • Native plant selection

Be sure to join Menashe and other marine shoreline experts at one of the upcoming Where the Water Begins workshops.

Saturday, June 8
Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way
9:00 – 12:30 Indoor Session & 12:30 – 3:00 Optional Field Trip

Saturday, July 13
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
9:00 – 12:30 Indoor Session & 12:30 – 3:00 Optional Field Trip

Saturday, August 3
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Seattle
9:00 – 12:30 Indoor Session & 12:30 – 3:00 Optional Field Trip

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