Remembering Our Friend Patti Southard

Patti (left) and her sister Ellen (right) crabbing in the San Juan Islands

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Patti Southard. We have lost an incredible driving force in the green building community. Patti was a brave and loving friend who made everyone smile and had an infectious way of making hard environmental and social justice work fun. Her environmental contributions at every level surpassed those of anyone I’ve ever met. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Patti Southard was the program manager for GreenTools at King County for the past 14 years. She was a pioneer in creating incentives and solutions to move the needle forward in making green building mainstream. Patti received numerous awards for her work in the green building sector and was on several boards including Oxfam, Built Green and Northwest Natural Resource Group to name a few.

Patti had a long family history in conservation of the New Jersey Pine Barrens as well as many years of leadership in outdoor and environmental education. She was raised on her family farm and focused her sustainable development career on the juxtaposition between rural and urban communities and planning.

Our hearts go out to Patti’s friends and family, especially her sister Ellen Southard, who is a very close partner of Stewardship Partners and manages the Urban Salmon-Safe Program. Throughout the year we will be recognizing Patti’s spirit in the work we do, starting yesterday with the trees we planted along the banks of the Snoqualmie River in her honor.

With my deepest loving condolences,
David Burger

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”. -Clyde Campbell

Powered by Plants: 2018 in Review

By Habitat Restoration Crew Lead Geoff Bough

2018 was an incredibly productive year for the Snoqualmie Stewardship Program field crew. We had the opportunity to work on exciting new properties as well as create new volunteer partnerships. This year also brought our first fee for service work through our partnership with Capri Property Management for a streambank stabilization project in Woodinville. The project involved laying out rolls of coir fabric and the installation of hundreds of livestakes and shrubs to better hold the slope together. This was a fun project for us and allowed us to work with some plants that are not typically in our palette.

Our planting goals for the year were far exceeded with the installation of over 17,000 trees and shrubs throughout the Snoqualmie watershed. Most notably was the phase two section of the Aronica Family property. We partnered with Microsoft this year for the annual Day of Caring event and were able to prepare a large area for a Fall planting at Aronica. We also had our friends at Aspect Consulting out to our site at Carnation Farms where we planted 1,000 trees and shrubs along the Snoqualmie River!

The Snoqualmie Stewardship Habitat Restoration Crew

We are ever thankful to all of the landowners, partners, volunteers and other agencies that allow us all to become better stewards of the land through education, restoration and hard work!

If you would like more information on the Snoqualmie Stewardship Program or have a project that you think our crew could help with, please visit stewardshippartners.org or contact Chris Lapointe at cl@stewardshippartners.org.

Time to Stand up for Our Beloved Orcas

by David Burger, Executive Director

With the devastating news about Tahlequah and Scarlet this summer, I found myself longing for a time when their struggles were not a common theme. I reflected on a time when I was a young boy and my grandfather took me out to his sailboat to see a pod of orcas in the San Juan Islands and was blown away by these majestic creatures.  This memorable moment gave me great respect for the natural environment and a big reason why I’ve dedicated my life empowering people to become caretakers of the environment and our native wildlife.  Our Southern Resident Killer Whale population have been in the national spotlight and it hasn’t been good news with no new calves born in the last three years.  There are many factors for the decline in the 30-year low population relating to pollution, habitat, food supply, etc., and Stewardship Partners directly worked to solve these.

Orcas rely heavily on Chinook salmon, another endangered species, making our work to restore habitat and keep our waters clean one of the most important actions we can do to help orcas.  It’s clear that we are at a critical time for our Southern Resident orcas, and we urge you to take action to protect and restore habitat. Become a Stewardship Partner today by donating, volunteering, or learning what actions you can do in your daily lives.  It’s my hope that I can show my grandkids orcas in the Puget Sound one day.

Crew for Hire!

The Snoqualmie Stewardship restoration crew extended their reach recently with a collaborative effort between Capri Hospitality Management, the City of Woodinville, and a few other partners. The crew has always been for hire, but more and more businesses and new partners are approaching us to work on restoration projects, mitigation projects, and collaborative efforts outside our normal routine of riparian restoration on agricultural lands. This recognition is a great way to expand our breadth of work while maintaining our focus on providing clean water, healthy habitat, and engaged community partners.

 

This September they worked to stabilize nearly 200 feet of stream bank on the property of the new Hampton Inn and Suites in Woodinville, WA. This project offered the crew a chance to hone their bioengineering skills by stabilizing a steep and challenging bank along a tributary of Little Bear Creek, a creek historically known for salmon spawning.

As Stewardship Partners gains this new knowledge and expertise, expanding our services offered to landowners, businesses, and other organizations/agencies, the Snoqualmie Stewardship Restoration crew is available to work on slope/bank stabilization, volunteer event management, riparian habitat restoration, wetland restoration, upland forest restoration, implementing green infrastructure features such as rain gardens, and mitigation projects.

 

Additionally, the entire Stewardship Partners’ staff is available to be hired for consultation and opportunity assessments, project design, mitigation design, permitting assistance, implementation, and maintenance. Our full-time restoration crew and Director of Ecological Restoration combined have over 25 years of experience providing these services to landowners and communities and have restored over 72 acres of degraded habitat. We are excited to share our expertise, muscle, and passion with a wider audience in the years to come!

A Conversation between Sustainability Leaders

On October 3rd, Stewardship Partners hosted a riveting conversation between two leaders in environmental sustainability, Tom Alberg and Chris Bayley. Tom and Chris are long-time friends who grew up in the Seattle area, met while attending Harvard, and returned to the Northwest where they each founded organizations committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Tom Alberg is the founder of Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, and Chris Bayley is the founder and current Board Chair of Stewardship Partners. Originally a family farm that raised beef cows, Tom and his wife Judi converted Oxbow Farm into an education and conservation focused non-profit whose earliest partner in conservation was Stewardship Partners. This early partnership helped form Stewardship Partners’ model of engagement where we empower people as caretakers of our land and water, and even led Oxbow Farm to restore over 14 acres of salmon habitat along the Snoqualmie River with the help of Stewardship Partners.

Held at the Madrona Ventures offices in downtown Seattle, community members were able to witness this exceptional conversation while enjoying sweeping views of Seattle. Moderated by Lisa Jaguzny, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center’s recently appointed Executive Director, Tom and Chris discussed their respective paths in sustainability and why environmental stewardship is important to preserve the natural beauty and health of our Puget Sound home. Growing up in the Northwest, Tom and Chris both had a natural, if at the time subconscious, desire to protect the environment they grew up in.

“I played on the beach at Bainbridge Island and Orcas Island and did all these wonderful things that involve nature. I suppose that’s where I understand now that it’s so valuable because our grandchildren are now turning over the same rocks on Orcas and finding the same crabs that I was finding [as a child].” – Chris Bayley

 

This event was an extension of our “I’m a Stewardship Partner” campaign where we recognize community members committed to environmental stewardship practices. Tom Alberg is a shining example of a Stewardship Partner and was presented with the first ever “Groundbreaker Award for Environmental Leadership in Washington State” for his work with Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center and Stillwater Creek Vineyard as well as a continued commitment to sustainability.

Stewardship Partners would like to express a sincere thanks to Madrona Venture Group for hosting this inspiring event in their scenic offices, Novelty Hill Winery for providing delicious, Salmon-Safe wine, along with Barbie Snapp, Lisa Jaguzny, Chris Bayley, and Tom Alberg for helping make this an engaging and inspiring evening dedicated to sustainability.

You can view a video recording of the evening’s conversation on the Stewardship Partners website here.

Welcome Eric Martin to the Stewardship Partners Team!

Erin Martin joined the Stewardship Partners team in 2018. Erin grew up among the badgers and sagebrush in southwest Idaho and moved to Washington in 2011. She completed two years in AmeriCorps with the Washington Conservation Corps, planting trees along rivers and tending trails in the Cascades. Erin has an MA in Environment and Community from Antioch Seattle, studying permaculture and community building. Through these experiences Erin has developed a passion for human ecology, restorative practices in social and environmental systems, and food justice. She enjoys hiking, being in/near water, vegan pizza, and dinking around her home garden.

New Partners in the Snoqualmie Valley

Partnership is a central characteristic of Stewardship Partners’ core values and is one of the reasons why our work has such wide-ranging impact. A great example of partnership is our recent collaboration with Aspect Consulting  to build the Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden.

In the summer of 2017, Owen Reese, a Water Resources Engineer with Aspect Consulting, contacted Stewardship Partners offering design, project management, and hands-on construction expertise for any volunteer opportunities with our 12,000 Rain Gardens program. The Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden provided the perfect project to exercise this exciting partnership.

Planting and engineering design for Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden. Design by Aspect Consulting/ Owen Reese.

Within a month of Owen’s first email, Aspect conducted a detailed soil analysis and sent us a professional garden design and planting plan, which were quickly approved by both school administrators and the school district. Aspect Consulting’s technical expertise immensely helps to complete projects quickly and efficiently. The Aspect team then returned a few months later to install this new rain garden, joining even more volunteers from the Carnation Elementary School Environmental Club. Today, the rain garden flourishes. From this successful rain garden project, we recently heard that that the King County Flood Control District agreed to fund a second rain garden at Carnation Elementary School through their Flood Reduction Fund. We’re thrilled to build this second rain garden and our partners at Aspect Consulting are already on-board to help!

Stewardship Partners and Aspect Consulting staff at the Carnation Elementary School rain garden ribbon cutting and volunteer event.

But Aspect Consulting’s professional assistance, volunteering, and pro-bono work doesn’t stop at rain gardens. Later this fall, we are teaming up with Aspect at Carnation Farms to engage their staff in an Adopt-a-Buffer – planting native trees and shrubs on one of our biggest restoration sites along the Snoqualmie River.

Inspired? You can help, too! Visit our volunteer calendar to sign up for an event that fits your schedule. Our volunteer events are a great way to be a stewardship partner and are fun for the whole family!

Support Stewardship Partners While You Shop

Stewardship Partners has been selected as one of two non-profit recipients for the Bag Donation Program at Whole Foods Market.

Bring your reusable shopping bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market between October 1 and December 31, then choose to donate your 10-cent-per-bag credit at checkout. Funds raised will support Stewardship Partners programs that promote clean water and healthy watersheds throughout Puget Sound.

Participating Whole Foods Market locations include Lynnwood, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Roosevelt Square, Interbay, Westlake and Chambers Bay. For more info and store addresses, visit wfm.com.

Word from the Board: Road Trip to Hansville

“Road trip!” was the operative instruction to Stewardship Partners’ board of directors. For September’s monthly board meeting, members grabbed early morning ferries from Seattle, then drove to Hansville at the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. There, board member Barbara Snapp welcomed all with breakfast in the beach front home that’s been in her family for three generations. Set on a high bluff with a spectacular view looking northwest over Puget Sound toward Whidbey Island, it’s obvious why the Snapp family treasures the house and the location. After a beach walk, and with sunny weather with just a hint of fall, the board opted to sit outside for the business meeting. Many thanks to Barbara for hosting. Wish that all board meeting venues were so welcoming and spectacular.

—written by Gene Carlson

Report from the Field: Fun in the Sun with one of our New Partners

We often reference our 1,000 cups of coffee model for building partnerships. We kind of live and thrive by it. We believe building successful partnerships entails a lot of listening while sitting down and having several cups of coffee, talking face to face, discussing respective missions and figuring out how a new partnership can be mutually beneficial. In our case with Tableau, over the past 4 years or so we have probably exchanged over 1,000 emails before we had that first cup of coffee together on July 13th, 2018 out at Carnation Farms. As part of our Adopt-a-Buffer program we connected Tableau with Carnation Farms, so they could learn about an incredible local food source steeped in history and to help us restore the riparian habitat on the farm. We have some huge restoration goals there over the next few years and we really wanted Tableau to play a role on making those goals a reality. It was a hot day, but volunteers worked hard to restore over 3,000 square feet of fish and wildlife habitat along the Snoqualmie River. We look forward to the next cups of coffee with Tableau this fall when we invite them back out to the same site to plant native trees and shrubs!

Think your company would be interested in volunteering with us? Reach out to Chris LaPointe to find out more about the Adopt-a-Buffer program and ways to get involved!