May 29

Middle Schoolers Restore White River

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 1:38 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Four Glacier Middle schoolers move mulch to add to newly planted trees along the White River.

Over the course of several days in May, students from Glacier Middle School in Buckley ventured to a restoration site on the White River to get some work done. Over 100 native plants had been installed at the site and the blackberries loomed menacingly on the outskirts of the planting area. The 8th graders dug up those blackberry roots, placed burlap and mulch, and practiced their plant identification skills. 

The 14 classes were quite the workforce and we appreciate their help, just as we're sure they appreciated getting outside for a brief break from state testing!


Apr 27

County Council Proclaims May as Wildfire Awareness Month

Posted on April 27, 2022 at 4:59 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Norse Peak on fire in 2017. Smoke takes up over half of the picture.Pierce County, WA - The Pierce County Council issued a proclamation at its April 26th meeting instituting May as the County’s “Wildfire Awareness Month.” The proclamation underscores how wildfire risk and severity in Western Washington is trending in the wrong direction, along with the need to deliver meaningful action to mitigate these risks.

Over the past few years, wildfires have begun to show up in our “backyards.” With our summers getting drier, hotter, and smokier, we're all looking for ways to protect ourselves from wildfire risks.


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Apr 27

Restoration Continues at South Prairie Creek Preserve!

Posted on April 27, 2022 at 2:16 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

A volunteer plants Western Red Cedar at Orca Recovery day.Restoration efforts continue at Pierce Conservation District’s South Prairie Creek Preserve! In mid-October, we kicked off the fall planting season with a large-scale planting on the north floodplain. Between October 2021 and March 2022, several new planting areas were the focus of our revegetation efforts. Read on to learn about the restoration accomplished over the fall and spring and the challenges we faced on the way.

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