It has been a very busy spring and we have been met with many challenges and many blessings.Last month, we found out that three of our grants with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have been approved. All these grants relate to conserving and studying the prairie. Grants cannot cover all our costs and needs for saving the prairie, but the are certainly an important piece. Support from individuals allows us to continue the work between grant projects, apply for new grants, and sustain our work year round.In other exciting news, Pacific Rim Institute is months away from finally purchasing our property from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. We have been leasing and managing the property for four years now and Au Sable has been very generous in giving us time to come up with funds needed to purchase the property.
Several donors have already stepped forward to pay for the actual transaction costs for the land (which Au Sable is giving us an extremely generous price for - since they want to see the land protected as much as we do). We still have approximately $300,000 to raise within the next year. Any support that you can provide will be a great help!Next week, we are hosting a Prairie Open House. Last year we had over 100 people come and take tours of our native prairie. This year, I hope to see 150 people come through. Naturalists will take visitors off the trail and into our special research and restoration areas that are typically off limits to the public. Once a year, we provide this opportunity so people can get up close and personal with the work being done.If you live on or near Whidbey Island, we hope you will join us for a tour! You can find more information on our website.
Thank you again for supporting our efforts to save prairie in the Pacific Northwest!
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