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.
Sep 5, 2012

Native Plant Center Improvements

Current Greenhouse - in need of many improvements!
Current Greenhouse - in need of many improvements!

Hello Everyone,

You are receiving this update because at some point in the last year or so you have generously donated funds to the Pacific Rim Institute so we can protect and restore native northwest prairie.

I wanted to share with you some very exciting news.  Recently, a donor stepped forth to fund necessary improvements and additions to our Native Plant Center.  Their $12,000 gift will allow us to make necessary repairs and improvements to our greenhouse.  Funds will ALSO allow us to build a much-needed shade house. 

If we are to meet our current goal to increase our prairie remnant from 5 acres to 12 acres by the end of 2014, we are going to need a lot of seed and a lot of plants - and more space to grow and keep them.  These improvements to our native plant center will increase our capacity to grow-out native plants which are then planted back into the prairie. 

Currently, all our native plant seed is collected right off our own prairie, or off nearby prairie that landowners let us collect from.  We then store this seed till we are ready to plant and grow it in our greenhouse. When the plants have had a good start, we then transfer them either to our propagation beds or straight back into the prairie.  Plants can also be sold to other conservation groups.

Your gifts have allowed us to continue this exciting work - and the growing support helps us inspire other larger donors to give as well. Thank you!

 

If you live near Whidbey Island, we are going to be having a big event on September 15, 2012.  Our 3rd Annual Whidbey Raptor Day will be in partnership with the Whidbey Farm Tour, this year.  Please be our guest and learn more about hunters of the air, prairie restoration, and farms of Whidbey Island.

http://www.whidbeyfarmtour.com/pacific-rim-institute.html

 

Until Next Time,

Holly

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.

If you would like to get more involved - or if you would like to receive our monthly email newsletters, visit our website

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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