On April 4, 2022, we lost a long-time partner and Snoqualmie Valley mainstay. Hiram Scott Wallace, an advocate of environmental conservation, agricultural stewardship, and a wealth of Snoqualmie Valley history will be dearly missed. Chris LaPointe, Stewardship Partners Director of Ecological Restoration, says they will miss their frequent meetings and lunches with Scott at his favorite local Chinese restaurant, Twin Dragon in Duvall. Scott’s legacy will live on as Stewardship Partners continues to restore salmon habitat on his former family dairy farm known as “Wallace Acres.” Read Scott’s Obituary Here
The 7th annual Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea was held on the interwebs on March 24 and 25th, and despite not being together in person (for the 3rd year in a row!) the feeling of connectedness to a community of leaders and innovators was still profound. We are incredibly lucky to be blessed with abundant resources of all varieties here in the Salish Sea region: diverse human and cultural resources, natural resources, and soon we expect some pretty significant increases in financial resources for infrastructure too.
While we didn’t bring this community physically to one geographic area, we continued our quest to shine a spotlight on different parts of the region each year. This year the island and peninsula-rich areas including San Juan, Island, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties showed off some of their visionary leadership. Smaller jurisdictions like Sequim, where rainfall is about half of what Seattle gets, helped us think about climate change and rain as a resource of growing importance. Many Coast Salish tribes who are leading in ecological and cultural restoration and healing, call this part of the Salish Sea home, and we were fortunate to hear experiences, share stories and learn together. We were welcomed to the summit and these lands and waters by Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan and the S’Klallam singers, and we heard from 32 speakers and session chairs over the course of 2 days, 7 plenary sessions and a networking breakout session to boot. I could wax on and on about trees, forests, streams, beaches, dancing with cockles, money, mulches and hydrologic models… but rather than taking my word for it, you can see for yourself because we recorded the whole summit and put it on YouTube. Learn more and stay tuned for next year’s summit. We hope to return to in-person convening in March of 2023: www.12000raingardens.org/summit.
April is our favorite time of the year! The sun is showing itself again, temps are warming up (ever so slightly), new leaves are beginning to reveal themselves, it’s planting season and it’s EARTH MONTH! It’s been almost three years since we’ve been able to celebrate Earth Day in the field by engaging the public in direct environmental action. Earth Day turns 42 years old on April 22nd and we invite you to help us celebrate it all month long. We are organizing multiple riparian restoration events focusing on salmon habitat restoration on the Snoqualmie River in Carnation and Duvall, WA (dates below). Join us in the celebration!
As we head into Earth month, we’ve got some great events in the works!
- Centennial Fields Park Rain Garden Maintenance – Saturday April 9th, 2022 (9am-12pm) – Sign Up Here
- Salmon Habitat Restoration on the Snoqualmie River – Saturday April 16th (10am-2pm) – Sign Up Here
- Salmon Habitat Restoration with Stewardship Partners & Long Live the Kings – Friday April 22nd (10am-2pm) – Sign Up Here
- City of Duvall Earth and Arbor Day Celebration at Depot Park – Saturday April 23rd (11am-2pm): stop by our table to learn about green stormwater infrastructure and enter to win a free rain barrel! More Info Here
- Feast on the Farm – September 24th, 2022 – More info coming soon!
We are beyond excited to return to hosting Feast on the Farm in person! This year will look a little different as we celebrate a few months later than usual. Please mark your calendars for Feast on the Farm – September 24th, 2022 at Griffin Creek Farm in Carnation, WA! If you are interested in sponsoring our fundrasier, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
It’s been far too long since we’ve posted a volunteer event on our website, but we are thrilled to let you know that we will be doing so soon! In early March 2022 you’ll be able to sign up for events! Volunteer Event Sign Up
In the meantime, here’s what we have in the works thus far in terms of events!
- Sunday March 13th 2022 – Pioneer Square Rain Garden Installation Project (closed to the public at this time)
- Saturday April 2nd 2022 (10am-2pm) – Earth Month Kickoff: Snoqualmie River Habitat Restoration at Changing Seasons Farm w/ Google and Microsoft (may be open to the public depending on enrollment)
- Saturday April 9th 2022 (9am-12pm) – Centennial Fields Park: Rain Garden Maintenance (open the public)
- Friday April 22nd 2022 (10am-2pm) – Location to TBD: Earth Day Event: Salmon Habitat Restoration with Long Live the Kings (may be open to the public depending on enrollment)
- Saturday April 23rd 2022 – City of Duvall Earth and Arbor Day Celebration at Depot Park (11am-2pm): stop by our table to learn about green stormwater infrastructure and enter to win a free rain barrel! (open the public)
The crew attended a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training with CPR Seattle and are now all certified wilderness first aid responders! WFA is an intensive 16-hour program designed for anyone involved in wilderness work or recreation. Safety in the field is extremely important, as often our crew members are working together at very rural sites where there may be nothing but nature surrounding them. Having this certification means that our hard-working crew members are well prepared in the event of an emergency while in the field. Something that we hope never happens, but is important to be prepared for!
Help turn the tide! The 7th annual Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea on March 24th and 25th will feature a geographic spotlight on the region’s island and peninsula-rich parts and is organized around a theme of “Turning the Tide: Disrupting status quos in infrastructure investment, climate, and the land we occupy.” Get your tickets today and let us know if you need any accommodations or a scholarship. Purchase Tickets
After running the numbers, we have found that Stewardship Partners spends at least $9,000 annually hauling plants to our project sites.
With a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle), one person can haul 20 trees, while transporting 3 total crew members to the site and takes 4 minutes roundtrip. The wagons and carts we currently use takes 20 minutes roundtrip, hauling only 16 trees of the same size. Many of our project sites require us to haul trees and carts for roundtrips of up to 4 miles. This method is cumbersome, leads to cart tips, tree drops and takes a toll on our bodies.
Because of this, our field crew could greatly utilize a UTV. We have our eyes on a Bighorn Outrider 200 and are seeking private donations to help us fund this purchase. Any gifts made for this purpose would help greatly improve our field productivity, enabling us to plant more trees and restore more of the Valley. Our field crew and the Snoqualmie River would be eternally grateful.
To support this purchase, please use the donation button below or mail a check!
Over the last two decades, we’ve seen a lot of tangible results from the miles of restored riparian habitat on agricultural properties in the Snoqualmie Valley. We have impressive before and after shots of our restoration sites previously covered in invasive plant species that have now become ecologically diverse habitat corridors teeming with native trees, shrubs and groundcover shading streams and the river so salmon can thrive. The Alder Grove at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is a perfect example of that diversity of life and our hard restoration work in action. The Alder Grove is maintained on a regular basis and the plants are thriving. We were thrilled to learn of some footage from a wildlife cam that showed much more than plant life thriving in the buffer, a rarely seen bobcat. Nothing warms our hearts more than seeing firsthand the fruits of our labor. A special thank you to Oxbow for their long-term commitment to the health of the ecosystem. Read More
For the first time since pre-Covid, Stewardship Partners now has a full field crew! We are pleased to have Aaron, Maggie and Mar working with us this year! This group is strong, knowledgeable and makes a great team. This season, we have been working extra hard to remove a ton of stubborn blackberry roots from our sites (grubbing) and filling in the areas with native plants. We look forward to this arduous work paying off by allowing us to cut back on our summer maintenance demands and improve plant health. We’re eagerly awaiting spring to see how our winter work has paid off and for volunteer events to hopefully resume! Meet our crew below!
Ashley Aversa – Ecological Restoration Project Manager
Ashley first joined our Team during fall of 2020. She hails from the Pinelands region of New Jersey, where she worked with Rutgers University and SJ Land and Water Trust. Her work focused on program development, stream monitoring, habitat restoration and green infrastructure projects. Ashley holds an Executive Masters in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech, with a focus on water resource stewardship. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys wild foraging, herbalism and exploring the PNW with her partner and hound Arrow.
Magie Regis – Ecological Restoration Crew Member
Maggie joined the restoration crew team during the winter of 2021. She was born in the Seattle area but was raised in Northern California and moved back to Washington about 10 years ago. Maggie attended Whitworth University in Spokane WA where she earned a B.S. in Biology and minored in Environmental Science and Technical Theatre. She loves working outdoors with nature and wildlife as seen in her work with Washington State Parks, the Woodland Park Zoo as a Research Assistant, and the Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership program doing watershed restoration, monitoring and outreach. In her spare time, she enjoys musicals, exploring national and state parks, board games and reading.
Aaron Cloudwood – Ecological Restoration Crew Member
Aaron joined the restoration crew during the fall of 2021. Originally from Portland, Aaron moved to Seattle in 2006 to pursue a degree from the University of Washington in Physics and has since been dedicated to protecting the natural world with an emphasis on water resources. Just prior to joining Stewardship Partners, he was a Seattle Public Utilities RainWise contractor, working with homeowners and schools to install green stormwater infrastructure. In his spare time, he enjoys foraging with his partner, gardening, and building things.
Anne Marie Stapper – Ecological Restoration Crew Member
Anne Marie joined the ecological restoration crew in January of 2022. After moving to Seattle from Austin, Texas in June of 2021, they joined an AmeriCorps field restoration crew where they worked to restore natural areas across the Salish Sea region. Anne Marie graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in December of 2020 with a B.A. in Geography, Anthropology, and Sustainability Studies. They have a background in environmental education, soils and watershed research, and landscaping, and hope to return to school in the future. In their free time, they enjoy creating music with friends, reading, and exploring the natural areas of the Pacific Northwest.