Gather your friends and family for a beautiful summer evening of baseball on Stewardship Partners Night July 25th! With this offer, $5 of every ticket sold will benefit us and our efforts to restore Salmon habitat, build green stormwater infrastructure and more. We hope to see you there and GO M’S!
Save the date for the 13th Annual Feast on the Farm on September 24, 2022, and immerse yourself in the world of sustainability happening all around us. Come be a part of this magical night at Griffin Creek Farm, a Stewardship Partner dedicated to sustainable farming practices. Feast on the bounty of food prepared by local chef Kevin Murray of Ray’s Boathouse and oysters from Baywater Shellfish Company prepared by Seabird, of Hitchcock Restaurant Group. Raise a glass of Salmon-Safe wine and break bread with like-minded community members engaged in caring for our region. Settle in on a haystack to the sounds of a secret, soon to be announced musician.
A limited number of tickets will go on sale June 21st!
If you are interested in sponsoring our fundraiser or volunteering your time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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!