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News from the Pacific Rim InstituteNovember 2010
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MAY 7, 2011
Our Yet-To-Be-Named Spring Fest

Our Fall Prairie Festival was such a success that we decided to plan a similar spring festival coinciding with the prairie bloom.

The Prairie Council has already begun planning the event.
We hope you will join us!

This will be a ticketed event in order to raise funds to support prairie restoration and other programs at the Pacific Rim Institute.

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Nov 2010 Snow
Wind storms, rain storms, snow storms and an earthquake! It's been an exciting November here at the Pacific Rim Institute.  Read on to see what we have been up to!

November Happenings

November Prairie Work Day

November Prairie Work Day

     21 pairs of hands showed up from as far as California and as near as next door on a cloudy Saturday morning to help us plant the prairie. In just 4 hours, 2,035 plugs of Roemer's fescue and 2,000 Nootka rose and Snowberry cuttings were planted along Morris Road.  The 81 man hours spent on these projects saved our stewardship staff several weeks of necessary work and will help to bring in several thousand dollars in grant funding.  Pictured above are a few of the volunteers from our work day.  Thank you so much to everyone that came!

Year End Appeal Launched

     We have set a goal to raise $100,000 during this holiday season.  This money will give us a strong foundation from which to start the new year.  The funds will be divided between restoration, education, and administrative needs.  Follow our progress on Facebook and our website to see how your donation is making a difference.

2 New Grant Proposals
     We have submitted two new grant proposals this month.  One to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund the creation of a Habitat Management Plan.  This plan will guide all our future restoration and activity on the property with best ecological practices.  The second grant was to the Norcross Wildlife Foundation for funds to purchase some much needed equipment for ongoing restoration and property maintenance work.  Awards will be determined in the next few months.

Visit from Appraisers bodes good news
    The appraisal process for the property has begun! This will determine potential funding from the Island County Conservation Futures Fund and the US Navy for a permanent easement.  We are hoping that it will be appraised high enough so that we can not only purchase the property, but also have funds left to maintain and manage it.

Education Programs
     Many strides have been taken to move our education programs forward for 2011.  Already, we have three high school and college groups coming in the spring from Montana and Texas.  Four Au Sable undergraduate ecology courses have been approved for July 2011.  Workshops and youth programs are now in the planning process, Continuing Education certification is being researched, and the Academic Advisory Board is moving forward full steam ahead!

     2,906 volunteer hours have been logged in 2010.  85 of these hours were logged in November, mostly through our November Prairie Work Day.  If you have a group that is looking for meaningful volunteer work, or if you as an individual have some time you would like to share, let us know!

     In the month of November, we had 17 completely new donors join the community of PRI supporters.  Thank you so much to everyone that has given this year!  You are helping to preserve a beautiful and ecologically significant place, as well as create opportunities for people of all ages to engage with creation.
Join The Prairie Council
The Prairie Council is a group of neighbors and volunteers that help us engage the community in meaningful activities and raise funds to preserve the prairie.  The council is in need of more members, so please let us know if you would like to join! Meetings are several times a month on Thursdays at 7pm.

Past Prairie Council activities include:
March 2010 Prairie Work Day
March 2010 Community Gathering
2010 Membership Drive
2010 Fall Prairie Festival
November 2010 Prairie Work day

To join, send an email to
Joe Sheldon with Students 2010

Join our Efforts
The Pacific Rim Institute equips people and organizations with the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to transform their communities toward more sustainable living.  We pursue this vision through our mission of preservation & restoration of native habitats, practical research on restoration best practices, environmental education, and service to the community.

Please consider supporting us in this mission by making a donation.  You can donate online here or you can send a check made out to Pacific Rim Institute to 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Contact us if you would like to discuss particular projects that you can support.