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.
Until Next Time,
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