Sep 03

PCD’S SHORE FRIENDLY PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 12:21 PM by Allan Warren

ShorelineOur Shore Friendly Program, launched in Fall 2019, was recently featured by the National Association of Conservation Districts for our participation in the #DistrictsConserveCoasts campaign. The campaign, as a part of National Ocean Month, highlighted efforts by districts around the country to conserve and restore coastal areas facing a diversity of challenges. According to NACD, of the nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, over 300 are located on the coasts and Great Lakes. Districts are tackling local challenges from habitat and species loss, to harmful algal blooms, to shoreline erosion and sea-level rise.

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Sep 03

FALL PLANTINGS

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 12:11 PM by Allan Warren

Fall PlantingsFall is one of the Habitat Improvement Team’s favorite times of the year. The passing of summer’s heat makes field work more pleasant. Leaves change color, adding new shades to the landscape. And rains begin to wet the dry ground, which makes it perfect for planting! The sight of volunteers rolling up to a planting on a crisp autumn morning, together with the smell of coffee and chatter of friendly voices is a special thing. Drawn together to plant trees, work with the earth, connect with nature, and build community amongst strangers – this is the heart of what we do.

But as with nearly everything else in 2020, volunteer plantings this fall won’t be the same as usual. The Habitat Improvement Team, with support from the Washington Conservation Corps and Earth Corps field crews, have been working through the summer to prepare three projects for planting this fall: Camp Murray, Salmon Creek, and South Prairie Creek Preserve. All were intended for volunteer participation, but due to the need to protect ourselves and others during the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be holding large-scale planting events. Most of the planting will be done by our crews. If the local situation improves, we may schedule some small planting parties with a limited number of people. Watch the PCD website and social media channels for any updates.
Sep 03

GOODBYE, KATE!

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 12:07 PM by Allan Warren

KateAfter four years with PCD, Kate Terpstra has moved on. Kate started in June 2016 as the knotweed control project coordinator. During her time at the District, Kate has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of treatment in our knotweed project areas. Kate fostered relationships with colleagues and partners to sustain and evolve this work and was an advocate for safe and equitable conditions for the treatment crews.

Kate was also the Native Plant Sale coordinator for several years and oversaw logistics of the plant sale when the District moved from its old location to its current site. Kate’s expertise with weed and native plant identification, along with her wit and creativity made her a valuable team member. She will be missed!