2011 Projects

Emergency Food Network - New Greenhouse for Mother Earth Farm ($10,000): Emergency Food Network purchased a new, permanent greenhouse to see that our 8-acre Mother Earth Farm is able to continue providing 150,000 pounds of nutritious, organic produce and meet the basic hunger needs of families in Pierce County.

Stewardship Partners - Puyallup Rain Garden Installation ($9,800): Design and install a two rain garden cluster at an elementary school in a Puyallup neighborhood, including a community planting event.  Organize and implement school environmental fair day that incorporates the rain garden installation into a series of watershed and storm water awareness  education activities.

EarthCorps - East Hylebos Creek Restoration ($10,000): Implement on-the-ground restoration to improve natural areas along East Fork Hylebos Creek using best environmental management practices. Enhances habitat and water quality and passive recreational opportunities and includes community outreach, education and involvement.

Pacific Lutheran University - PLU Rain Garden Demonstration Project ($4,000): The project is to develop rain garden(s) on the PLU campus to demonstrate low impact development principles. The gardens would create areas for storm water treatment and facilitate filtration of effluents and organic pollutants associated with highly developed urban areas. The result would be an attractive space for environmental education.

PCC Farmland Trust - Tahoma Farms Restoration ($6,000): The Tahoma Farms Restoration project is a partnership between PCC Farmland Trust, Tahoma Farms, Pierce Conservation District Stream Team and EarthCorps. The project aims to leverage an existing NRCS grant which partially funds plantings, labor, materials and maintenance for establishment of a buffer and hedgerow planted with native plant species.

Nisqually River Foundation - Jumpstarting the Aquatic Foodweb ($10,000): Returning salmon provide critical marine derived nutrients used by 137 species in local aquatic and terrestrial systems. By returning hatchery fish carcasses to portions of the Nisqually system not currently seeing strong runs of wild fish we enhance the entire ecosystem while providing a unique educational experience for 3rd-12th graders.

Tahoma Audubon Society - GTP Habitat Restoration Plantings & Trainings ($6,000): This project supports existing volunteer-led habitat restoration projects by 'friends of' groups and trained Habitat Stewards working with GTP in Tacoma on public lands.  We will purchase and install over 2,000 native plants and conduct hands-on demonstrations and trainings for volunteers during the 2011 and 2012 winter months.

University of Washington - UWT Rain Gardens and Native Plant Interpretive Project ($10,000): UW Tacoma, in collaboration with the City of Tacoma, will build off its successful pilot rain garden project funded in 2009 to expand rain gardens on campus along the new Prairie Line Trail or the S 19th St. stairwell, integrating a native plant interpretive walk.

Citizens for a Healthy Bay - Milton Environmental Stewardship Project ($8,642)   The proposed project will engage the citizens of Milton in substantial habitat restoration activities along Hylebos Creek and the installation of pervious paving materials at a highly visible commercial, recreational or residential site.  The project will incorporate educational components focusing on the benefits of these and other watershed protection measures.

City of Sumner - Barn Installation ($10,000): Help the Sumner Community Garden gain fiscal independence.  This project funds moving a donated barn and installing electricity and other infrastructure to make the barn useable.  The barn is required to house equipment and donated burlap bags that are being resold as a continuous revenue source for the Garden.

City of Puyallup - Clarks Creek Riparian Planting ($10,000): Relocate existing maintenance road/path within DeCoursey Park adjacent to Clarks Creek away from stream. Install fencing, enhance soils and plant riparian planting where road used to be.

Cascade Land Conservancy - Green Tacoma Day ($4,000): Green Tacoma Day is an annual event held the 4th Saturday of September in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. Each year hundreds of volunteers participate in park and open space restoration throughout Tacoma. The grant would help increase the number of volunteers, sites hosting events, and square feet restored.

Nisqually River Basin Land Trust - Nisqually Community Forest Phase I ($4,000): The Nisqually Community Forest Project will create a community forest in the Upper Nisqually Valley.  It will be owned by the Nisqually Watershed community and managed to provide recreation, education, ecologically sustainable jobs, and environmental services. Phase I will convene stakeholder forums to identify community goals and priority geographic areas.