By Brian Straniti, Central Cascades Community Coordinator
I could hardly believe it. Memorial Day weekend, in the rain, almost a dozen volunteers showed up to plant tree saplings along the hillside in the Central Cascades Forest where the 2017 Jolly Mountain Fire scarred the land.
This altruistic miracle is mainly due to persistent volunteer recruitment by our AmeriCorps staff member Claire Kurlychek. One volunteer told me “I though Claire was using some sort of algorithm to address me personally. Then I realized she is reaching out to me personally, she knows who I am, I had better show up!”
Our Central Cascades volunteers are charged and ready. These folks planted around 450 trees in just under three hours and enjoyed the endeavor. I have since received e-mails thanking us (wait, don't we thank them?) for the enjoyable opportunity and anticipating more events.
We will be putting these folks back to work soon, helping to build the new multi-use up-track and mountain bike down-track out of Ronald as a part of the Towns to Teanaway Trails Project and providing event ambassador opportunities throughout the summer. I am energized to be a part of the refurbished Volunteer Coordination Program here in Central Washington, which would not be possible without our wonderful AmeriCorps staff members!
We celebrate one of our stellar volunteer leaders who has shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to The Nature Conservancy for more than thirty years.
Our Central Cascades volunteers planted 450 trees in just under three hours. Soon they’ll be working on other projects such as trail-building and staffing tables at outdoor events int he region.
One of our photo volunteers, Ken Salzman, is an avid birder and photographer. His photos showcasing the many colors of spring migrations are truly gems to behold.
Volunteer programs are a great way to introduce new audiences to the work The Nature Conservancy does and tothe environmental field in general. Volunteers are also mission critical for The Nature Conservancy to accomplish our work.
Painter Jan Cook Mack and photographer Marc Dilley will show their Moses-Coulee inspired art at Wenatchee’s First Friday Art Walk Jan. 4, 2019.
Habitat Network is a citizen-science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of wildlife habitat
One does not necessarily need to verbally express a thought or opinion in order for it to be “heard,” because believing in an idea and standing up for that belief through unspoken actions constitute a voice.
Banner photo © Tomas Corsini, volunteer photographer