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,