Clean up the Prairie!

by Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship

Hello Everyone!!

As we continute to learn more about GlobalGiving and how best to use this portal to help fund our projects, we have found that some of our original strategies have not been a good fit.  Therefore, we are closing this particular project in order to launch several others in the future that better fit the GlobalGiving platform.

Please be assured that we are STILL saving the prairie and there is still a great need to remove all the remaining farm debris.  Your donations have been put to good use and have been joined by the efforts of many volunteers.  Several neighbors have continued to remove pieces here and there to recycle and use in their own home projects.  Local scrap metal businesses have also come to remove items that they can melt down and sell.  We hope that in the near future we will be able to remove all the rest.

Thank you for participating in this project!  We hope that you will keep an eye out for new projects from the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. 

If you would like to join our mailing list, visit our website or our facebook page.

Thank you for all your support!

Best Regards,

Holly M. Kress
Development Director
Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship

Open House Flyer
Open House Flyer

The clearing of debris from our land continues to be a priority as we continue to restore the northwest prairie ecosystem on our property.  The reporting system is not letting me upload pictures, but if you click on our Facebook link below, you can see recent photos of flowers in bloom. This is what we hope to eventually find on 100 acres of our property, instead of just 5 or 10.  Clearing tons of debris is an important step for making this happen!

Also, we are having an Open House this week.  If you live nearby - stop in for a tour!

Open House May 10 - 12, 2012
180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA

Tours every day at 10am, 4pm & 7pm

Free and appropriate for all ages. 


Thank you for all your support!!

Camas lily
Camas lily
Chocolate lily
Chocolate lily
Henderson's shooting star


Bert pulling ground fencing
Bert pulling ground fencing

Last month, we were able to have someone come out and remove more debris from the prairie.  This picture is of our friend, Bert, pulling up sub-fencing from one of our fields.  Getting all this out of the prairie means that we can mow and manage weeds with less risk to our equipment, and eventually start to restore to prairie.

This project has been slow, but work continues to happen throughout the year.  One of our neighbors has even started to come and salvage metal from our debris piles.  The mutually beneficial arrangement helps us get the debris off the property, and he is able to make a little money selling the metal.

There is still lots to do, but every bit helps us move forward towards a healthy, thriving prairie. 

Even though the removal project has been slow - our other restoration project is moving along really well.  In the next month, we will be planting 10,000 native plants into one section of our prairie.  Very exciting!

Thanks for all your help - especially over the holidays!



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

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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Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship

Location: Coupeville, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Holly Kress
Coupeville, WA United States

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