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

Habitat Management Plan - Moving Forward

Last week, staff, board members, and local experts gathered to begin the process of developing a Habitat Management Plan for our 175 prairie and forest property.  This plan, specifically focused on the next five years, will guide our restoration priorities and day-to-day activities.  The plan should be complete in April of 2012.  This is a huge step for us regarding property management.  This plan will allow us to put funds towards the most important and most impactful activities, and we will be able to show our progress through our goals and benchmarks. 

With this plan as a tool, we will be more efficient with funds and better stewards of the land.

Thank you for your support of this prairie!

If you ever have any questions about our organization or our prairie restoration, please don't hesitat to contact us.

holly@pacificriminstitute.org

(360) 678-5586

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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