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Posted on April 14, 2022 at 2:55 PM by Lauryn Lopez
Restoration efforts continue at Pierce Conservation District’s South Prairie Creek Preserve! In mid-October, we kicked off the fall planting season with a large-scale plant installation effort on the north floodplain. Between October 2021 and March 2022, several new planting areas were the focus of our revegetation efforts near a very important section of South Prairie Creek. The work accomplished this planting season was made possible by the collaborative efforts of staff, interns, the Washington Conservation Corps, Earthcorps, and many community volunteers.
Posted on August 26, 2021 at 10:27 AM by Allan Warren
As we prepare for the 4th annual Orca Recovery Day, a Pacific Northwest region wide event that joins hundreds of organizations and thousands of people in action to recover the most iconic species of our region, it's important to take a look back and reflect on how this movement started and how much we have collectively accomplished. There's so much more work to be done, but with 3 new calves in the last year, including one mothered by Tahlequah, who's tragic tour of grief with her previous calf that died was what started the whole effort, there's reason for hope. But we can't stop now, we must keep working and together, we can restore the ecosystem that the endangered Southern Resident Orca Whales rely on for survival. We hope you'll join us October 16th for this year's Orca Recovery Day!
Posted on August 25, 2021 at 1:23 PM by Allan Warren
From a young age I have been fascinated by ecosystems and how they function. My B.S. in Biology from UW and M.S. in Ecology from UC Davis further confirmed my interest and prepared me for my future career in habitat improvement, as did my first-ever job monitoring habitat and water quality of streams on the Kitsap Peninsula.
I am excited to return to Washington and join the PCD team as the habitat improvement program director after having spent the past 12 years working as an Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR). I started at CDWR as the lead for the Department's benthic monitoring program in the San Francisco Estuary, then transitioned into roles focused on habitat restoration planning and research. Most recently I was the contract manager and restoration lead for the multi-benefit Lookout Slough Tidal Habitat Restoration and Flood Improvement Project in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, a 3,400-acre project that, once implemented, will be the largest tidal habitat restoration project in California. Although I greatly enjoyed my work in California, I grew up studying and exploring the forests and beaches of western Washington and have always dreamed of returning to work on restoration of the ecosystems I love within my home state. I’m very much looking forward to taking on my new role and assisting PCD in expanding opportunities for habitat improvement and restoration throughout Pierce County.
When I’m not working you’ll find me traveling (when it’s safe), hiking, camping, learning about photography, spoiling my elderly dog, or playing the violin in a community orchestra. You may also find me out and about shopping for rain gear for my husband and young daughter and generally helping them adjust to life in the Pacific Northwest.
Heather will start as the new Habitat Improvement Program Director on September 27th, you can send her a warm welcome at: HeatherG@piercecd.org