SP Awarded Kraken Unity Fund Grant

In April, the Stewardship Partners team attended the Seattle Kraken Green Night where our farm partners Andrew Stout and Wendy Munroe from Griffin Creek Farm were recognized as the Kraken’s Hero of the Deep. In addition, Stewardship Partners has been awarded a $32,000 Kraken Unity Fund grant! We are thrilled to have received the support of the One Roof Foundation & Seattle Kraken! Thank you for supporting local nonprofits and being stewards of our shared environment!

Spring Clean in Pioneer Square

On May 18th Stewardship Partners joined The Alliance for Pioneer Square and over 250 volunteers participating in multiple projects for their annual Spring Clean event. Our group was small but mighty as we maintained the four rain gardens on Occidental. We cleaned up the gardens, installed 30 plants and added mulch to top them off. There’s nothing more gratifying than creating a positive impact in your community especially in a spot you walk by each day. Thank you, volunteers!

A Strong Partnership Only Getting Stronger!

The New Year brought some new changes to our field operations in the Snoqualmie Valley. For the past 15 or so years our restoration crew made Griffin Creek Farm their field headquarters. This was a daily meeting location, an area/container to store our tools and plant materials as well as our vehicles (crew truck, Kubota, and trailer). We appreciate our time spent at Griffin Creek and are forever indebted to Wendy and Andrew for accommodating our needs for so long!

When it came time to look for a new home for our field crew, Carnation Farms was the first location to come to mind. We’ve built a strong relationship with Carnation Farms since we planted our first tree there in 2013 as part of a riparian restoration project. Since then, we’ve partnered on countless volunteer events, hosted our annual Feast on the Farm fundraiser there, and restored miles of the mainstem Snoqualmie River along the property. When asked if we could house our field operations there, farm staff were quick to respond and found a spot near their Garden Center that suits us amazingly well. It was quite a process to acquire a new storage container, build it out and get all our field tools/materials organized, but today we are set up perfectly for success out at Carnation Farms. This set up has also allowed us to partner in new ways. This spring, our field staff have been helping Carnation Farms with their annual plant sale! This connection might not have been made if we weren’t sharing a space with them. Thank you, Carnation Farms!

Earth Month Success!

Thanks to all the volunteers who joined us on Saturday April 13th out at Changing Seasons Farm! And, as always, thanks to our gracious farm hosts Laura and Dave Casey for always welcoming us and our volunteers onto their amazing farm! We had our Adopt-a-Buffer (AaB) sponsors Aspect Consulting and The Boeing Company onboard as well as our new AaB partners, the University Washington Climate Action & Sustainability Team join us for the event! Volunteers planted nearly 800 native trees and shrubs to restore over an acre of riparian habitat. That’s incredible! We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without volunteers like this!

Feeling Inspired After 2024 Summit

Thank you to all who attended the Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea at Cascadia College on Friday, March 29, 2024! This year, the theme of the Summit was Shaping Infrastructure through Collective History, Learnings, and Big Ideas. We have historic work ahead of us if we want to see change. This year included discussions on long-term maintenance, monitoring, indigenous perspectives and approaches, and addressing 6PPD-quinone.

We saw so much engagement and networking between attendees, excitement for future research and partnerships, and a real commitment to increasing the green job workforce. We hope you all went back into the world feeling inspired to continue the critical work that you do!

Many thanks to our wonderful speakers, host committee, sponsors, advisory committee, Cascadia Consulting, and everyone who was able to attend. We also want to give a big shout out to host committee member, Jesse Williams from Jacobs, who provided the content for the “Charting the Waves of Time” timeline, as well as to all of you who provided additional events and reflections.

Our Updated Strategic Plan

Stewardship Partners recently completed updating our Strategic Plan through 2028.  This is our blueprint that will drive the actions needed to achieve our mission of engaging communities as caretakers of the land and water.  One of the key strategies included in the plan is to create a much larger impact across the region by incubating and testing new solutions. We will then share those solutions with others to replicate and scale.

When Chris Bayley founded Stewardship Partners, he set out to engage landowners in actions that could make a difference – for them and our region. His insight that engagement of every stakeholder matters in caring for our land and water is the reason for our success in finding solutions.  Two decades later, we are recommitting to engaging all people in innovative, inclusive, science-based action that ensures the bounty of our region continues for generations. We look forward to keeping our friends and supporters updated on our progress with our five-year plan.  

Stewardship Partners Seeks Board Members

Interested in getting involved in a local non-profit organization with a direct impact on Puget Sound? Do you love our area and want to have a hand in programs that engage landowners, shopkeepers, homeowners, builders, and corporations in taking care of our land and water? Stewardship Partners is actively recruiting board members with a diversity of voices in our community. Our low-key, approachable board meets six times annually to help guide and govern the high-impact, hands-on work of Stewardship Partners. If you’ve never been on a board before, but are interested in making an impact locally, please contact info@stewardshippartners.org.

2023 Highlights

As 2023 comes to a close and we reflect on the year behind us, we are so grateful for the opportunity to continue creating meaningful impacts in the Puget Sound area, the traditional lands of the Salish people. We were able to accomplish so much this year with the help and support of our communities. Stewardship Partners led the 8th Annual Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea, launched the Adopt-a-Downspout program in Seattle, began the biggest rain garden installation in the Snoqualmie Valley, and led volunteers in restoration efforts. These accomplishments, among many other green initiatives, have in part been made possible by people like you. Thank you for your support!

The Snoqualmie Stewardship Restoration Team enjoyed working with a full crew again starting in April. Among their many projects, this year was the biggest rain garden they’ve installed to date at Griffin Creek Farm in Carnation. The 3,000-square-foot rain garden will manage stormwater and water runoff from the farm’s vegetable processing plant. This was the first rain garden we have installed at a Salmon-Safe certified farm, but certainly not the last. We are looking forward to a new series of rain gardens going in at Carnation Farms next year.

Researchers have determined that the chemical 6PPD-quinone in tires causes pre spawning mortality in coho salmon in urban streams. Capturing stormwater and using green infrastructure has been proven to remove this chemical. Stewardship Partners has installed four aboveground stormwater biofilter boxes on two downspouts from the I-5 ship canal bridge to treat 1 million gallons of runoff. The goal of this pilot project is to monitor the results of treatment and also determine feasibility and assess scalability and replicability. Thank you to Boeing, The Rose Foundation, WSDOT and TNC for supporting this project.

Feast on the Farm is always a highlight of our year. This year at Griffin Creek Farm the weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the company was superb. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our donors, attendees, and volunteers. We hosted 125 people at the farm and raised $65,000. This goes directly towards supporting salmon habitat restoration in the Snoqualmie Valley and rain garden installations.

We were saddened by the passing of a beloved partner and pillar of the Seattle community, Bill Ranniger. Bill was a dedicated steward of the environment, committed to sustainably sourced seafood and salmon recovery. Chef Bill and Duke’s Seafood have been longtime sponsors of the Adopt-a-Buffer program. This year, with 20 staff members from Duke’s, we rededicated “Duke’s Point” to “Chef Bill’s Point” in his memory. Next year, in April, for an Earth Month Celebration, we are planning a sign dedication in his honor. We are inspired by stewardship partners like Chef Bill!

The mission of Stewardship Partners is about bringing communities together so that we can all be better stewards of the land and sea we live, work, and play on. Important parts of this vision are access and a sense of belonging. When people understand the role they can play and feel connected to their community, positive change happens. We wouldn’t be able to continue this work without support from folks like you. We invite you to consider Stewardship Partners in your annual giving this year.  

Make Your Giving Tuesday Gift Today

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that takes place TODAY! GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

When you make a gift on Giving Tuesday, you’re supporting more than Stewardship Partners; you’re also supporting the wildlife, people, and natural splendor of our Puget Sound home. Your donation attests to the importance of clean water, healthy salmon and wildlife habitats, sustainable agriculture, healthy communities, and overall stewardship of our shared environment. We hope you will consider supporting us!