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May 29

HABITAT STEWARD SHOWCASE: THELMA GILMUR PARK IN FIRCREST

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 1:48 PM by Allan Warren

Gilmur Grubbers group Photo: Dave Parent, Deborah Bransford and Sally and Wayne Larson after another successful work party removing invasive blackberry and ivy. 

THELMA GILMUR PARK IN FIRCREST
Sally Larson – Guardian of the Salish Sea

Times are tough for all of us, but there are glimmers of hope and solidarity from people right here in Pierce County. The Guardians of the Salish Sea series highlights those that inspire us by acting locally with love for the Salish Sea and its peoples. These are our neighbors, friends, community gardeners, children, and farmers. This is you and this is me. This is we. We are the waves of the Salish Sea.

How is nature bringing you rest/peace during this time?
“Nature is always a huge part of my life. I am so pleased that walking outside is still an okay activity. I can enjoy spring and watch everything coming to life close-up and personal, no social distancing required.”

Why do you think habitat stewardship is important?
“Stewardship is such an important job and especially in a community pocket park. These parks are a place where people can get away from the hubbub of life and gives our local wildlife an appropriate habitat.”

What would you share with others doing habitat stewardship for the first time?
“I would encourage anyone who wants to help save our natural environment and enjoys seeing progress on a monthly basis to join a stewardship team. There are so many unexpected wonderful outcomes. I have found new lifelong friends, a free education on identifying and care of native plants, identifying non-native plants and how to remove them and countless other things. It is not often that a good deed is so much fun and enjoyable.”

Sally Larson and the Gilmur Grubbers steward Thelma Gilmur Park in Fircrest.

If you are interested in joining a habitat stewardship group and making a difference in your community like the Gilmur Grubbers, contact Caleb at CalebM@piercecd.org