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.
Oct 18, 2011

Volunteers coming out in October & November

On October 29 & November 5, volunteers will be joining us for two days of prairie cleanup and planting.

Volunteers, including local community members and Navy volunteers from the local base, will sweep several of our fields for large rocks and debris.  This process will make the fields safe for mowing with our tractor.  Mowing is an important management tool to reduce the spread of non-native plants.

We will be sure to post pictures of these work days in a few weeks!

Best Regards,

Holly M. Kress

Resource Development Officer

Jul 18, 2011

Golden paintbrush count: Great news!

With abundant spring rains the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) prairie is lush with growth, and one flower’s success has caused particular excitement.  Here at PRI we have been working to cultivate a population of Golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) on the prairie.  Golden paintbrush is considered a “threatened” species federally and “endangered” in Washington State.  Last month, we held our annual count of the plants, and the total exceeded 1,400 individuals.  This increase has been due not only to good growing conditions, but to your investment in this and other creation stewardship projects at PRI.

It is an honor for us to be engaged in this fruitful work, and we are committed to pursuing this and other land-healing projects in the future.  With support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service we are currently developing a land management plan to guide our efforts.  We look forward to creating a sustainable restoration plan for this property and showing you the difference your investment is making.

 

More info on the Golden paintbrush:

The Golden paintbrush once brightened summer on coastal prairies from Oregon to British Columbia but now is confined to 11 small populations, 4 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.  One recovery population is being created on PRI’s prairie.  As the attached graph indicates, this beautiful piece of cultural and ecological heritage seems to be finding success on our prairie. We thank our vital partners in this venture:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Nature Conservancy

University of Washington

and many local volunteers and donors


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Jul 18, 2011

Partnering with local scrap metal company

A neighbor approached us not too long ago to buy some fencing (we have been giving away all the fencing that we take down on the property for suggested donations).  When he saw all the scrap metal in the prairie, he offered to take some of it away for us.  He owns a scrap metal company right here in town.  He offered to come and fish through the piles himself and cart any usable material out on his truck.  A financially positive venture for him, and a restorative venture for us - requiring virtually no staff time and resources on our part.

We still need funds to help dispose of the rest of the materials that can't be salvaged, but we are grateful for this local partnership!

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