Thursday, December 27, 2012

Native Grasses Coming to Wenatchee

 A few weeks ago Cascadia Conservation District, with help from U.S Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chelan County Public Works, and Intermountain AmeriCorps, worked on a project to restore native grasses right here in Wenatchee. Due to recent road work, an area of land near the local U.S. Forest Service building was missing essential ground cover. We pitched in to do our part by reseeding the area with a native grass blend donated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Establishing ground cover is important for a variety of reasons and is especially beneficial when it is native.

In general, grasses help prevent erosion as well as excess water runoff. However, native grasses provide these same basic conservation benefits as well as a few others. Seeding with a native grass mix prevents non-native (invasive) species from establishing. If this site had been left unseeded it is very likely that the next few growing seasons would have seen quite a few unwanted weeds popping up. Noxious weeds harm wildlife by depriving them of the habitat they need and are accustomed to. Native grasses are also adapted to their environment, which means they generally don’t need additional watering or other maintenance making them not only more environmentally friendly, but economically friendly as well.

Intermountain AmeriCorps members come
out on Saturday to help seed.

The seeding project took place on a Saturday in early December just before the ground froze. AmeriCorps volunteers weren’t shy to get to work by raking the project site, broadcast seeding, and lightly-compacting the newly seeded soil.  The grasses should start to sprout up in the spring and, once established, will look much nicer than the gravely, dusty, barren state that this site was previously in. We’d like to thank everyone who helped out with this project, especially Kay, Jim, Christy, and Maria, who donated their time and energy to make this project happen.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter is Here!

Bob Burrows - Misty Mountains View

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the official start of the winter season. Throughout history, its significance has varied from culture to culture and place to place. Stonehenge, that strange assortment of giant rocks, may have been a calendar. The winter solstice sunset aligns visually through the British structure and was possibly used to mark the New Year.  For many, the shortening nights and returning sun symbolized rebirth and fresh starts. Although the days will now start to grow longer, we’ll still have a few months of the coldest weather of the year before we really warm up. So what does winter mean to you? Is it time to head up to the slopes and get back to skiing, or will you be cooped up inside hibernating through the season. Maybe the Solstice is a reminder that Christmas is almost here, and you really need to finish up your holiday shopping! Are you fretting over the prospects of the slushy slippery roads, or excited about the possibility of an exponential growth in the population of… snowmen. Whatever your plans are this season it’s important to stay safe.

Jessie Cook - Let it Snow

Around this time last year we talked about winterization and winter safety.  If you’re like me and new to Washington’s winters, I encourage you to go back and take a look at these valuable tips. If not already evident by the power outages caused by recent storms in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area, winter can be a precarious time and it’s important to be prepared.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

High Tunnels: A Great Way to Grow

What if there was a device that could not only extend your crop’s growing season into the colder months, but could also produce more crops and even crops of different varieties? What if someone would help you pay for one of these miraculous growing machines? Now you must be dreaming. Or are you?
If snow load is a concern, it's a good idea
to remove the cover until the spring.
Photo courtesy of Amy Hedershot
High tunnels, also known as hoop houses, hoop tunnels, or poly tunnels, are installations that aid in plant growth and production. They function like greenhouses, with the biggest differences being that hoop houses are cheaper, easier and faster to construct. They work by trapping in moisture and heat and thus extending the growing season of plants into colder months when they usually will have gone dormant.  This creates a kind of artificial environment that can foster not only longer growing seasons for plants traditionally grown in our region, but can allow other species that normally might not be able to cope with colder weather conditions. Hoop houses can vary in size.  Smaller, “back yard garden” hoop houses may only be a few square feet while larger farms might utilize designs that are several feet wide by hundreds of feet long. Aside from sheltering crops from cold weather during the winter, another benefit of their construction is their decreased incidence of crop pests, diseases, and disruptive wildlife tribulations.

This new hoop house will be increase
yield in tomato production.
Photo courtesy of Amy Hendershot.
 Currently, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funding to help with the cost of purchasing hoop houses for eligible crop growers within our region. For 2013, NRCS is paying growers around $2.55-$3.06 per square foot (up to 2178 ft2) for the cost of purchasing pre-manufactured high tunnel kits. Due to their simple design, the cost of purchasing and installing one of these kits is generally affordable and with the help of the NRCS, producers can expect to pay less than half of that cost out of pocket. The deadline to apply for funding is December 21, 2012.

To learn more about how you can get funding for a hoop house, contact NRCS Chelan County Resource Conservationist, Amy Hendershot, at (509) 664-9370.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Want to Get Involved?

 A great way to get involved in your community is by volunteering! Volunteering with Cascadia Conservation District is not only a rewarding way to give back to your community and the environment; It’s a great way to learn something new while doing something important with others who share your interest! There are a few volunteer opportunities coming up and we would really appreciate your help.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, December 9th 2012, Seeding By the Highway, 10:30am-12:30am, 215 Melody Ln.
-          Help us reseed portions of the ground that were affected by recent road construction with native grass seed.

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, Newsletter Bundling, 5pm-7pm, CCD office
-          Help us ready our Cascadia Quarterly newsletter for mailing
Saturday, February 2nd 2013, Native Planting 101 Workshop, Confluence Technology Center, Wenatchee Learn about pollinators, weeds, landscaping, and more at this FREE workshop.

If you would like to learn more about any of these events, contact our office at (509) 664-9370 or email us at
To sign up for our volunteer events mailing list or to RSVP for future volunteer events, visit our Volunteer Opporunities page.

Other Upcoming Events

Winter Life Snowshoe Tours (Registration now open!)
-          Friends of Northwest Hatcheries is sponsoring FREE guided Snowshoe tours along the Icicle Trail at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.
-          Tours will begin on Friday January 4th and will follow this schedule:
o   Fridays – 1pm
o   Saturdays – 10am, 1pm
o   Sundays – 1pm
-          Tours are available for anyone ages 8 and up. No experience is required and snowshoes are provided.
-          For more information or to register visit Friends of Northwest Hatcheries 
Free Community Movie Series
-          Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (CCFEG) has sponsored a free educational movie series that is open to the public! CCFEG will be partnering with local venues in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Twisp, and Tonasket to hold these events. The subject matter of the films includes salmon restoration, the Grand Coulee dam, and a controversial mine that is proposed to be built in Bristol Bay, Alaska. All events will include speakers and discussions on topics related to the films, local watershed issues, and projects that CCFEG is conducting in the region.
-          Check out the Movie Schedule (PDF) 
-          For additional information about this free movie series visit or contact Sean Koester

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2013 Picture the Wenatchee Watershed Stewardship Calendar

The 2013 Picture the Wenatchee watershed stewardship calendar is almost here!

If you haven’t already heard, the Picture the Wenatchee watershed stewardship campaign has put together a 2013 calendar featuring winning photos from the annual photo contest as well as watershed stewardship tips and resources.  The photos, categorized as landscape, water, plant, wildlife, recreation, or agriculture, act like a “best of the Wenatchee watershed – 2012.” With stunning views of Saddle Rock, Lake Minotaur, Eightmile Creek and more, this calendar will have every outdoor enthusiast smiling and in awe of the beauty found right here in our own back yard.  To view the wining photos featured in this year’s calendar visit
 or click here.

Drew Gaylord - Mission Peak Snowshoe
This $7 calendar makes a wonderful, inexpensive stocking stuffer and will be available for purchase mid-December. You can pre-order by calling our office at (509) 664-9370.

Photographers: Get out there now and start taking pictures for next year’s Picture the Wenatchee photo contest and maybe you’ll make it into the 2014 calendar! The contest is open to anyone and everyone who has an appreciation for the Wenatchee River watershed. Stay tuned for contest details to be released in April 2013!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Success in Entiat

While some people understand “success” to mean something resembling:  an endeavor resulting in a positive outcome. This implies that, once accomplished, a successful endeavor is ended. This is certainly an understandable assumption to arrive at and in many cases is true. However, in Entiat, WA, success seems to be ongoing. A town that has moved twice, dealt with ravaging wildfires, flooding and many other obstacles has learned that constant improvement and proactive thinking are vital elements of success .
Last week, the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS), chose to host the North Central Washington Success Summit “Entiat Rocks” at Entiat High School. From the start of the day one thing became immediately apparent - the Entiatians in attendance were proud of their history and happy to showcase their success.  Students from the high school presented a history of the Entiat Valley that included a huge timeline covering an entire wall in the gymnasium.  Lunch was provided by Mom’s Kitchen, a local Mexican restaurant in Entiat.  “Mom” and her daughter got on stage to talk about their restaurant and its success, but didn’t say too much. Their cooking spoke for itself. Peter Ringsrud from Snowdrift Cider was one of the few speakers at the Summit who was not either an Entiat resident or someone working in the Entiat Valley. He spoke about the success of his East Wenatchee hard cider making business and credited some of that success to the innovative idea of growing varieties of cider apples that aren’t usually grown in our region.
Although there were many success related themes floating around the gym during the summit: communication, collaboration, “quiet volunteerism.”   When I look at Entiat, the word I find best describes their success is diligence. With each victory, a new challenge is identified and embarked upon and thus success is not a project that has gone well and has now ended. Success is the continuation of that. This hard-working community constantly works towards new goals, and strives to make things better.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tyee Tour

Upper inlet breach at Tyee Ranck
Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first board meeting since starting here at Cascadia Conservation District.  It was a good experience to meet some of the board members and others who are involved with the conservation district at a different level then me and the rest of the staff. I found it especially interesting to not only hear about how things are going with some of the projects we are currently involved in but also some proposed projects for future work. Board meetings are open to the public and every meeting allots time to hear public comments. This is not only an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns you have but also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the  projects we are involved in. The next board meeting will be held on December 13th at 3:30pm at 215 Melody Ln. Wenatchee. 

Northernmost log habit structures at Tyee Ranch
Following the board Meeting I tagged along for a tour of some of the Entiat projects Cascadia Conservation District has been working on.  The tour focused on some of the recently installed Fish Habitat structures that are part of the massive Entiat restoration project. Kurt Hosman, one of Cascadia’s Project Coordinators, led the tour and did a great job explaining the purpose of these structures and also provided valuable insight into the construction and sustainability of these structures. We had discussed some of these structures during the meeting but trudging through the mud to see them with my own eyes provided me with a far better understanding of how they will provide juvenile salmon with a safe place to hide until they get big enough to head downstream.
If you’d like to see some of the Entiat projects yourself, contact Susan Dretke at or (509) 664-9348.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The New Kids in the Creek Website

Students collecting macroinvertebrates at the "Invert Investigator" station

Kids in the Creek, a hands-on outdoor education program, has launched a website intended to be a resource for anyone interested in this valuable program. The website is broken down into sections: Teachers, Activity Leaders, Students, Volunteers, and Adults in the Creek.  Each of these stations provides appropriate levels of information and materials to interested website viewers. Students can go online and find out what they will learn at each station as well as what they need to bring with them.  At the same time, teachers, are able to use the website as a resource for important information such as student worksheets, planning sheets, an application to attend and more.

Measuring stream width at the "What's in that H20? (Quantity)" Station

There are six stations at Kids in the Creek that students attend; Invert Investigator, Riparian Rx, Habitat Sense, What’s in that H20 (Quality), What’s in that H20 (Quantity), Fish Health, and Watershed Wonders.  On the website, each of these stations has their own section of images found on the gallery page and their own resource specialist training videos (found on the activity leader’s pages). These videos, along with the rest of the KITC curriculum/materials allow anyone to not only gain valuable knowledge on how to prepare for and attend Kids in the Creek, but how to implement the lessons on their own!

Learn more by visiting the new Kids in the Creek website.
Make sure to visit the Kids in the Creek face book page to Like!

“To connect students with aquatic and riparian ecosystems for an understanding of watersheds and the critical role of human land management activities.” – Kids in the Creek Mission Statement.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Recent Volunteer Projects

AmeriCorps members pack down soil and perform a raindance.

Pollinator Garden

Located in the front of our office building, the pollinator garden was installed in the spring of 2012.  The garden was spearheaded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Cascadia Conservation District, but every organization in the building donated funds and/or labor so it's been a great collaborative project! 
The purpose of the garden is to inform visitors about pollinators- specifically native bees- that are responsible for a significant amount of the pollination of everything from native ecosystems to agricultural crops, and to demonstrate how we all can do our part to provide healthy habitat for pollinators on our own properties.
This weekend I was able to get out there and do some work! In addition to seeding (which required the ground to be prepped/raked, then seeded, and then gently packed down again) we also planted a few remaining plants in the southwest corner of the garden. It was a great opportunity for me to learn firsthand about pollinators while helping out!

WHS students work in teams to remove browse guards

Riparian Restoration Project

A few weeks ago we organized a volunteer event with some of the 9th grade Wenatchee High School students. Students helped in the removal and storage of browse guards and bamboo stakes from a riparian planting project we implemented along the Entiat River in the fall, 2011.  Throughout the day we were able to discuss the importance of native plants, identify invasive species, as well as discuss simple eco-friendly practices that students (or anyone else) can follow at home, at work, or in the car. 
We’d like to thank all of the students, teachers, chaperones, and volunteer group leaders from Wenatchee High School, Cascadia Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and AmeriCorps who were able to come out and make our project a huge success.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fire Rehab Efforts

Smoke from the Canyon's Fire fills the
air on Saturday, Septermber 8
The Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, local counties, cities, and various communities are working together to assess fire damage in an attempt to prevent potential flooding and debris runoff from specific burned areas. In areas that were exposed to intense heat, the soil does not absorb as much rain water as lightly burned or healthy areas. This causes water which would normally infiltrate into the soil to bead-up and run off in increased volumes.  This increase in runoff can be especially dangerous downhill in the form of increased flood flows and sediment which will flow into streams, rivers, and storm drains.  This increase in water volume and sediment can clog culverts, effect fish health, and even flood roads.  The good news is that it’s possible to reduce the impacts of these potential threats with proper planning.
An "After the Fires" workshop will be held Thursday October 25th from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Wenatchee Convention Center, Gala Room. This workshop is a collaborative effort and is geared toward residents who live within or own property within the burned areas near Wenatchee and Cashmere as well as residents and landowners who might be affected by runoff from those burned areas.
Resources will be added to this site for your reference:
For Entiat and Chelan area residents:
A second "After the Fires" workshop will be held Thursday, November 1st from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Entiat Grange Hall (14108 Kinzel St, Entiat, WA). This will be the only meeting in the immediate area this fall that will address these issues.

Direct questions to Ray Faini at WSU Chelan County Extension:
Some of you may also be interested in this article, released by Wenatchee Outdoors, dealing with the history and future of wildfires in the Wenatchee valley: "Taming Fire with Fire"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Storm Drain Awareness

Our friends at Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group have been working on implementing a storm drain marking program in our area.  Storm drain marking is a way of raising awareness about the effects pollutants can have on our waterways.  Most storm drains drain into rivers and streams.  Here in Wenatchee those storm drains run directly into the Columbia River. It isn’t hard to understand why keeping our rivers clean is important to the environment, but it can be easy to overlook the fact that roads, parking lots, roofs, lawns and farms are all part of the same watershed and therefore affect those rivers.  Contaminated storm water creates hazardous situations for all life using an affected waterway.  Not only Salmon and other marine life are affected.  Humans use the rivers too, and polluted waters can make recreation areas and drinking waters very dangerous. 
You can find out a lot of information on how to prevent water pollution on our Picture the Wenatchee website:  It is important for us to remember that regardless of where we are or what we are doing, we are a part of a watershed and our actions will affect that watershed.  If you’d like to find out more about the storm drain marking project or would like to volunteer, contact Sean Koester at

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Photos are In!!!

 Kim George - Autumn Serenity

The Picture the Wenatchee Photo Contest has ended and all qualifying submissions will be displayed by category at local businesses throughout the Wenatchee valley area. We received over 170 entries from 32 different photographers. Each photo was entered into one of six categories (recreation, water, wildlife, agriculture, plants, and landscape).  Two photos from each of these categories will be displayed in our 2013 Wenatchee watershed stewardship calendar.  The twelve photos selected for the calendar will be judged by a panel of local photo experts and three will be awarded “Best in Show.” We would like to thank all of the photographers who have shown their support to the Wenatchee River watershed by taking the time to participate in this competition.  We would also like to thank the businesses listed below for allowing us to use their space as a gallery for display of the photos. You can view the contestant’s photos by visiting these local businesses from October 8-19, 2012. Each of these businesses will be displaying one category so be sure to stop by all six to see every photo!

Marcia Fall - What a Grape View
Leavenworth Mountain Sports
220 US Highway 2, Leavenworth
Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Icicle Brewing Company
935 Front Street, Leavenworth
Sunday-Thursday noon – close
Friday-Saturday noon-11pm  

 Der Man Shoppe
220 9th St. #E, Leavenworth
Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm

Judy Meyer - Cutest Apple in the Bunch
Lemongrass Natural Foods
1052 Springwater, Wenatchee
Open Daily 9 am – 6 pm

Mountain Springs Lodge
19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Plain
Open Daily 9 am – 6 pm
Anjou Bakery
3898 Old Monitor Road, Cashmere
Open Thursday—Monday
7 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Picture the Wenatchee photo contest ending soon...

Despite smoky conditions in Leavenworth there were still plenty of attendees at the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival this weekend. I was impressed with the amount and quality of the educational events featured at this year’s Salmonfest. I was able to check out some of the other activities and discovered that before this weekend I knew next to nothing about salmon. Did you know that millions of years ago salmon where ten feet long, had fangs, and weighed over 500 lbs!?
"Horseshoe Lake" Guy Crilly

While demonstrating healthy watersheds at Rolling Rivers I was reminded that our Picture the Wenatchee photo contest is ending soon!  If you didn’t already know, Picture the Wenatchee is our watershed stewardship campaign that promotes healthy rivers and streams. By pledging your support you can receive a free watershed care package! Of course the real prize will be the healthy rivers and streams you’ll be a part of creating. The photo contest will end on October 1st so if you’ve been meaning to submit those great photos you’ve taken, now is the time! We are still accepting entries in all categories but are especially in need of “Agriculture” photos. To submit your photos, check out previous winners, or read up on contest rules, visit
Your friend in conservastion conversation,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weekend Fun!

Working on last years Rolling Rivers model
The 22nd annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival will begin this weekend on Saturday at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.  This natural resource education event is held each fall to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. Saturday and Sunday will provide the public with the opportunity to come celebrate and learn about salmon and their significance to the region. We’ll be there with the Rolling Rivers watershed display. This giant sand box allows students to observe the effects that small changes to a river can have on the entire watershed system.  For more information about “SalmonFest” Check out their website at
Having fun playing in the sand!
This will be my first Salmon Festival experience and I’m excited. I keep hearing about what a great event it is and how much everyone enjoys it.  This event will be especially interesting for me because so many of the activities highlight some of the Pacific Northwest’s attributes. I’m really looking forward to seeing the local artists’ sidewalk chalk art.  With music, food, “edutainment”, and more it seems like Salmon Fest has something for everyone and I can’t wait!  Hope to see you there!

Your friend in conservation conversation,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Welcome to Washington

 photo by Mike Cushman
Hi, my name is Jon and I’m the new AmeriCorps volunteer working at the Cascadia Conservation District. Most of you are probably already aware that Cascadia’s past AmeriCorps volunteers have been responsible for keeping you updated on what’s happening here via this blog. However, some of you may not know what exactly AmeriCorps is and what their role with Cascadia Conservation District and the rest of the community is. So before I tell you who I am I’d like to briefly explain AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps is a national service program similar to the Peace Corps that allows people to serve communities in a variety of areas including education, environmental restoration, human needs, and many others. Unlike the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps members serve in communities here in the U.S. There are about 85,000 AmeriCorps volunteers working all over the country and this year I’m one of them. Cascadia Conservation District has partnered with AmeriCorps since 2008 and has used their volunteers for a variety of tasks and projects including this blog.
So who am I? I’m a recent graduate from the University of Montevallo, a small public college located near Birmingham Alabama, with a love for the outdoors. At Montevallo, I studied Fine Art, specifically drawing and painting, and Art History. You’re probably scratching your head wondering, “Why is an Artist from the other side of the country working for a conservation district here in Washington?” I first visited Washington when I traveled across the country with my brother on his move from Ohio to Seattle. Since that initial visit nearly 3 years ago I have made three or four trips out here to visit, each one of those including numerous day and weekend camping and hiking excursions across the state. After my last visit I made the decision to join my brother and move out west. I ran across Cascadia Conservation District’s AmeriCorps position on the web and knew that I wanted to serve not only people but the environment.
 photo by Mike Cushman
There are some big differences between Alabama and Washington. The most prevalent of those differences in my mind has to do with the lightning fires that started this past Saturday. Alabama does not see natural fires in the same scope or scale that other states, including this one, do. Before Sunday morning the biggest fire I’d ever seen was probably just a large bonfire. When I first saw the brush burning on the hills west of my apartment, a strange ominous feeling came over me. It was and is a new experience for me and I still am not used to looking up and seeing such a large amount of smoke drifting over my head.  For me the fires are somewhat scary but at the same time they excite me. They are a symbol of the new situations and experiences I’ll discover in my upcoming year here. 

The NRCS has already developed re-seeding information specifically for residents in the area. This information includes a native seed mix, a tree & shrub planting mix, and seeding operations. We’ll have a copy of this posted on our facebook page for anyone who’d like to view it.
I hope I’ve been able to introduce myself to you a little bit and I’d like to encourage anyone who’s interested in the blog to post their comments and questions here or on our facebook. I’ve only been here at Cascadia Conservation District for a few days but as I start to understand more and more about what we do, I am becoming more and more excited! I know that I will learn a lot this year and hopefully I’ll be able to help out as much as possible. 
Your friend in conservation conversation,

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Help Capture the Beauty of the Wenatchee River Watershed

From the ridge tops to the valley bottom, the Wenatchee River watershed provides residents and visitors alike, with a spectacular place to live, work, and play. 

In celebration of everything the watershed provides, the Cascadia Conservation District is sponsoring a Wenatchee River watershed photo contest.  Anyone age 13 and up who shares our appreciation for the watershed is invited to participate.

From now until October 1 entries are being accepted from interested members of the public for six categories including plants, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, landscapes and water. 

All entries will be exhibited by category at participating local businesses in the watershed during the fall.  A panel of local judges selected for their commitment to the watershed will choose two winners from each category for inclusion in a 2013 Wenatchee River watershed stewardship calendar.

Help capture the beauty of the watershed and participate by sharing your photos. For complete contest rules, a map of the watershed, and an entry form visit or call our office at (509) 664-9370.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hi all!

Mitch with father Kurt and sister Rachel
at Cascadia's Native Plant Sale.

I’m Mitch and I’ve been a regular volunteer working under AmeriCorps Intern Julia for about a year now. My father is a Project Coordinator here at the Cascadia Conservation District and I’ve volunteered at many other events, so I’m very familiar with the organization and what we do.
Since I moved from my hometown of Ellensburg I’ve really grown to appreciate the Wenatchee Valley, from the stark beauty of the shrub-steppe hills to the lushness of the banks of the mighty Columbia. Also, I just graduated high school and got a job at Target, so things look pretty good every which way.
I’m happy to pick up the blogging reigns and keep you informed on all of the comings and goings here at Cascadia. Speaking of which, the Picture the Wenatchee Photo Contest is in full swing! For contest rules and to submit photos go to, and while you’re there you can sign up for a FREE watershed care package. Winning contest photos will be featured in a 2013 calendar. Deadline for submissions is October 1st.
Also coming up are the Entiat River Appreciation on Saturday, August 4th and the Wenatchee River Cleanup on Saturday, August 21st. For more details call (509) 664-9370 and ask for Amanda.    
Your new friend in conservation,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Trails...

It was a busy spring, with educational events and a major garden installation projects keeping me busy! (For more information on these and more goings-on at Cascadia CD, keep an eye out for the Summer 2012 Cascadia Quarterly newsletter at the end of the month).  Now July is here and my AmeriCorps term with Cascadia is at an end.  Where did the time go?

Julia teaches children about the benefits of
pollinators in our new Pollinator Garden located
at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee
I will be staying in the area, and plan to keep in touch with Cascadia as a "civilian" volunteer.  So, as I head off down my conservation-focused path, I am pleased to be able to pass over the "blogging-reins" to one of our regular volunteers, Mitch.  He will be keeping readers up-to-date on summer community and volunteer events and discussing conservation topics from his own perspective, until the next AmeriCorps intern arrives in September. 

Thank you so much Mitch! And thank you all for reading!

Your Friend in Conservation,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring Happenings at Cascadia CD

April was a very busy month in the Education and Outreach arena at Cascadia Conservation District! We wrapped up several big events- like our "Native planting 101" workshop season, annual Native Plant Sale, and Earth Day Essay Contest.  We participated in several Earth Day Fairs around Chelan County, and got ready to launch some new projects. 

This week's blog is a bit of a mish-mash, with updates about what we've been up to, and what we will be up to in the coming months.  A little "spring cleaning," if you will...

A few of our many wonderful
Native Plant Sale volunteers!

Native Plant Sale wrap-up

A big thank-you to all our volunteers who helped to make our 2012 Native Plant Sale a success!  In addition to our plant bundling volunteers (see our March 29th blog post), we had two great volunteer groups help us sort and load up plant orders and kept us organized on our two plant pick-up days.  Christie, Alex, Sharon, Lauren, Jake, Lynda, Annie, Nancy, and Larry- we couldn't have done it without you!


Amanda, Cascadia's Ed & Outreach Specialist,
running the Enviroscape display at
Leavenworth's Earth Day Fair.

Earth Day Fair Extravaganza

In mid April, Cascadia participated in several Earth Day events around Chelan County.  You may have visited our booth at the Lake Chelan Earth Day Fair on April 21st or the LIFE2 Earth Day Fair in Leavenworth on April 22nd.  We brought with us an Enviroscape- a watershed model that demonstrates how point and non-point source pollution can make its way into our streams, rivers, and lakes- that was a big hit with kids of all ages, and adults too!  We had beautiful weather on both days, enjoyed local music and food, and were even highlighted in an article in the Chelan Mirror newspaper!  See the article here.

The Enviroscape also came with us to the Earth Day fair at Entiat Elementary School, where we spent a fun, fast-paced day talking to Entiat kindergarten through 5th graders about where pollution comes from and the things we can do to make our waterways healthy for plants, animals, and people!

"Untitled" by Caden Stockwell
One of our 2010 PTW Calendar Photo Contest Finalists

Picture the Wenatchee Calendar
Photo Contest

The Picture the Wenatchee (PTW) Calendar Photo Contest has launched!  From now until October 1st, Cascadia will be accepting electronic photo submissions for six categories: plants, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, landscapes, and water.  Photos must be taken within the Wenatchee River watershed and by residents or visitors age 13 or older.  Entries will be exhibited at participating local businesses in the fall and a panel of judges will choose two winners from each category for inclusion in a 2013 Wenatchee River watershed stewardship calendar!  For complete contest rules, a watershed map, and to submit your photo(s), please visit the Picture the Wenatchee website.

Photo by J. Leach
Camas (at Camas Creek Meadows)
 Native Plant Appreciation Week: April 29-May 5

This week is Washington Native Plant Appreciation Week!  If you can, take a few minutes this week to get outside, slow down, and enjoy the native beauty around you!  More information can be found on the Washington Native Plant Society website.  And check out our Facebook page this week as we highlight some of the Cascadia staff's favorite native plants!  

Stay tuned, more Cascadia events coming your way soon!

Thanks for reading!

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