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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Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for all your gifts over the holiday season. What a huge blessing!
In the next few weeks, with the help of volunteers, we are going to be planting 10,000 native plants into our prairie remnant. Several weeks ago, volunteers helped us plant the seeds in the greenhouse. We are looking forward to getting them in the ground!
If anyone lives near Whidbey Island and would be interested in helping with the planting, give us a call!
We will be planting on February 25 and March 10. We especially need help in March.
Thank you again for all your support toward Northwest prairie restoration!!
p.s. the photo attached is from a small burn we did last week on our native plant beds.
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.
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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