Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship

PRI promotes the idea that humans, individually and collectively, are stewards, or caretakers, of this Earth, and that as stewards we have the call and responsibility to maintain our home on behalf of others.
Jun 20, 2012

Golden paintbrush recovery a huge success!

2012 Cale recovery graph
2012 Cale recovery graph

The Golden paintbrush once brightened summer on coastal prairies from Oregon to British Columbia but now is confined to 11 small populations, four of which occur on Whidbey Island.  Federally listed as a “threatened” species, its recovery plan calls for establishing 20 self-sustaining populations of 1,000 plants each.  The Pacific Rim Institute has received Federal and other funding to establish one such population on our prairie.  As the attached graph indicates, this beautiful piece of cultural and ecological heritage is finding great success on our prairie.  According to Dr. Peter Dunwiddie, the lead conservationist on the Golden paintbrush efforts in the Puget Sound region, “the paintbrush on Smith Prairie continue to expand, making it the first time in this region that a new, self-sustaining population of a federally-listed plant has been successfully established in a site where it had not previously been known to occur.”  He also noted at a biodiversity conference in Seattle that PRI’s efforts have created the most successful recovery site of all for three consecutive years.

Thank you so much for your support of the Pacific Rim Institute prairie on Whidbey Island.  When you support our prairie, you are also supporting prairie restoration all around the Puget Sound.

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Golden paintbrush - Endangered in Washington state
Golden paintbrush - Endangered in Washington state
Golden paintbrush
Golden paintbrush

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May 10, 2012

The ground work for a prairie

Open House Flyer
Open House Flyer

The clearing of debris from our land continues to be a priority as we continue to restore the northwest prairie ecosystem on our property.  The reporting system is not letting me upload pictures, but if you click on our Facebook link below, you can see recent photos of flowers in bloom. This is what we hope to eventually find on 100 acres of our property, instead of just 5 or 10.  Clearing tons of debris is an important step for making this happen!

Also, we are having an Open House this week.  If you live nearby - stop in for a tour!

Open House May 10 - 12, 2012
180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA

Tours every day at 10am, 4pm & 7pm

Free and appropriate for all ages. 

 

Thank you for all your support!!

Camas lily
Camas lily
Chocolate lily
Chocolate lily
Henderson
Henderson's shooting star

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Feb 21, 2012

Work continues, slow but steady

Bert pulling ground fencing
Bert pulling ground fencing

Last month, we were able to have someone come out and remove more debris from the prairie.  This picture is of our friend, Bert, pulling up sub-fencing from one of our fields.  Getting all this out of the prairie means that we can mow and manage weeds with less risk to our equipment, and eventually start to restore to prairie.

This project has been slow, but work continues to happen throughout the year.  One of our neighbors has even started to come and salvage metal from our debris piles.  The mutually beneficial arrangement helps us get the debris off the property, and he is able to make a little money selling the metal.

There is still lots to do, but every bit helps us move forward towards a healthy, thriving prairie. 

Even though the removal project has been slow - our other restoration project is moving along really well.  In the next month, we will be planting 10,000 native plants into one section of our prairie.  Very exciting!

Thanks for all your help - especially over the holidays!

Regards,

Holly

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