from Robert, Holly, Mary and Seth

The Pacific Rim Institute is a Christian nonprofit  that equips people and 
communities to live sustainably and care for Creation.  

Prairie Press
News from the Pacific Rim InstituteDecember 2013

Recently at PRI

A few more photos from our recent seeding.

Members of the Oak Harbor High School Ecology Club plant native grasses and flowers in our Native Plant Center in October.

Prairie Sunrise photo by Pastor David Bailey, Christ The King Church (CTK).  They hold their Sunday services right here at PRI.

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Check out the new Whidbey Eco Network website for all environmentally related events on Whidbey Island!

Whidbey Eco Network is an network of groups and individuals on Whidbey Island working to save the ecosystems of Puget Sound. 



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Greetings to you in this special season,

We are so grateful for the financial support and notes of encouragement that have been arriving on our doorstep.  Thank you! 

If you have not had a chance to send in a donation, there is still time and still need!  Your precious financial gift will ensure that people and communities continue to be equipped to live sustainably and care for Creation. 
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180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239

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Thank you for being a part of our community and for empowering us and others to change the world.

Merry Christmas!


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Holly M. Kress
Development Director
(360) 678-5586

P.S. Remember, for a gift to count in 2013 for tax purposes, mailed donations must be postmarked in 2013 or online donations must be processed in 2013.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Our Tax ID is 27-0619116

Eight Acres Planted


Seth Luginbill, our Land Steward, completed the sowing of native Roemer's fescue seed across eight acres adjacent to our prairie remnant last week! For four years we have prepared this land for this moment by clearing tons of debris (with amazing volunteers!) mowing, burning, and weed control.  Most of this work has been funded by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service but our special friends and neighbors have also been involved from the beginning. Seth has done a wonderful job overseeing this entire process.


We have applied for additional grant funding to continue restoring these eight acres with further treatment of invasive plants and over seeding with over a dozen species of native flowers.  Should that funding be made available you will see a plethora of colors in 2015! We have also sought support for greatly increasing the number of native species we will be able to propagate for eventual sowing on the prairie!


Please join us in our prayers for the care and protection of this place and that the seeds take hold and start to emerge this coming spring! Please mark your calendars and join us in May for our Prairie Open House to get a first-hand look at all the progress being made.   


Spring Internship
We have an openings for a Spring Restoration and Outreach intern. 

If you are interested in gaining practical field experience in restoring native habitats as well as taking part in engaging the community in these efforts, let us know!  Other skill sets you will be exposed to include: grant writing, environmental education, material development, volunteer management, and research.

You can send a resume and a statement of interest to Holly Kress ( 

This is an unpaid internship.  We can also arrange for a part-time internship for a local student.
Many many thanks! 

To the Central Whidbey Lions Club:
Thank you so much for all the work your volunteers put into fixing up our pump house.  We are so grateful for their thorough work.  We are another group in a long line of groups that are grateful for the contributions that the Lions groups make to our community!

To the Tulalip Charitable Fund:
We are so grateful for a recent grant we received from the Tulalip Charitable Fund.  Their gift will contribute to our prairie restoration projects.

Robert in Florida
Robert recently returned from a successful week in Florida where he spoke at and participated in the ECHO International Agriculture Conference

Robert spoke on "The Sweet Spot - Bringing Sustainable Development, Animal Agriculture and Ecological Restoration Together".  It was one of the most-attended sessions at the conference.  Robert spoke from his 30 years of experience in real world issues of sustainability and restorative animal agriculture.  We are exploring partnership opportunities with ECHO, so watch for an update!

(Moringa is an extremely beneficial tree that ECHO is propagating around the world)
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