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Jan 30

Record Volunteer Numbers at 2023 MLK Day

Posted to Conservation Corner by Camila Matamala-Ost

At Pioneer Place II the whole team carries out a heavy tarp full to the brim with invasive plants

A tenacious crew digging the deepest blackberry hole we’ve ever seen at Bradley Lake park. Pierce Conservation District hosts a volunteer event for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Caring every year and this year we hosted AmeriCorps members from all around the Puget Sound! They joined community volunteers to improve restoration projects across four Habitat Stewardship sites in Puyallup and Fircrest. 

Because of the pandemic, volunteer numbers were low on MLK Day for the past few years. This year we were very happy to get an incredible 76 volunteers. These volunteers cleared 22,663 square feet of invasive species in preparation for native planting events this spring. 

This important work has a lasting impact on the environment. Among many benefits, the work volunteers increases wildlife habitat for native birds, amphibians, bugs and more. We have many more volunteer opportunities this spring. Check out our volunteer page to see our schedule and sign up!

Jan 09

And the Winner is...

Posted to Environmental Education by Camila Matamala-Ost

The winning poster by Morgan’. It features a variety of soil organisms and is very colorful.
Morgan’s poster features a variety of soil organisms.

Each year, The National Association of Conservation Districts holds a poster contest about natural resources. Students put their creativity on display as they learn about topics like

This year we helped Emerald Hills Elementary submit entries to the poster contest. We visited classrooms and taught activities about soil organisms and the benefits of healthy soil. Afterwards the students spent time turning their learning into artwork and we submitted their posters for them.

We would like to congratulate Morgan, a 2nd grader, for submitting the winning poster! We can’t wait to see what the students come up for next years’ contest.

Dec 01

Planting Trees for the Salmon of the South Prairie Creek

Posted to Habitat Improvement by Camila Matamala-Ost

Volunteers after their hard work planting trees!
Volunteers after their hard work planting trees.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came out to South Prairie Creek Preserve on November 19th

We had a great turnout. Close to 20 community members attended! Together, the volunteers planted over 200 trees and native plants in a short amount of time .  Even though the ground was quite frozen, that didn’t stop them from helping the habitat of South Prairie Creek Preserve 

10A beautiful day at South Prairie Creek.  The ground is frosty and the sun is out.
Volunteers were able to see salmon that had already spawned along the creek.

The trees they planted will provide many ecological benefits like:

  • increasing habitat for wildlife and
  • improving streambank stability to prevent erosion in the future

 

IMG_7398A salmon that spawned in south prairie creek lying dead in the water.
A beautiful day at South Prairie Creek. The ground was frosty and the sun was out.