We kicked off Earth Month in style. Read the Olympian article here.
The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation is sponsoring a conversation and presentation with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration team.
The Deschutes Estuary is a major ecosystem in the South Puget Sound region. Historically, the Estuary spanned the Puget Sound shoreline for nearly 2000 feet, and flowed into what today is Budd Inlet. For centuries, Native American Tribes have utilized the Estuary’s natural resources. The Deschutes River begins in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and flows fifty miles through rainforests, prairies, and the Puget Lowlands to South Puget Sound. Its waters are a major juvenile salmon nursery for the Sound. Climate change represents a major threat to the shoreline-riparian corridor.
As water quality continues to decline throughout Puget Sound, further threatening the services provided by this sensitive, yet vital, ecosystem, the time to generate forward-looking, responsible policy is now. Ecosystem management of the Deschutes Estuary will provide a model for other urban estuaries throughout the Puget Sound.
Together we lead the way.
In Olympia: March 22nd 6-8PM at the Woman's Club of Olympia (1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501)
In Tumwater: Thursday March 30th 6-8PM at the Capitol Event Center (6005 Tyee Dr. SW, Tumwater 98512).
See details below.
The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation will host its 3rd Annual Gala and Silent Auction from 6-11pm on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at The Abigail Stuart House in downtown Olympia. Please join us to enjoy libations from the forest, sounds from The Lumen, inspiring words from our keynote speaker Charlene Krise, Squaxin Island Tribal Council Member and Director of the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center, conversation with our community and the Board, and an incredible silent auction.
The Gala is OlyEcosystems' single most important annual fundraising event. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to hire a Washington Conservation Corps crew to help restore West Bay Woods and complement volunteer efforts.
While the Gala is a fundraiser, it is also a time to celebrate our work, and honor others for the work they do on our behalf. The President's Awardee will be recognized this evening as well. OlyEcosystems will also honor landowners who have supported the efforts to protect, preserve, and restore these critical ecosystems.
Come celebrate with us! www.olyecosystems.org Donations are tax deductible EIN# 47-1745539, UBI# 603427298
$10 - $20 Buy tickets at the door or online at https://squareup.com/store/OlyEcosystems/
Over 80 volunteers joined us Monday January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior
Hello OlyEcosystems Volunteers!
We will be holding a series of work parties over the next few months. The next one is this Friday, November 25th. If you want to get outside and work off some of those Thanksgiving calories please join us at West Bay Woods to clear ivy off of trees so they can thrive again! If you are unable to join us on Friday, there are other opportunities:
Location & Parking: There are two entrances one block apart to West Bay Woods: Dickinson Ave NW ( https://goo.gl/maps/HUFdXGCMQnR2) and Hays Ave NW. The cross street is Rogers ST. NW. Please look for the OlyEcosystems sign as an indicator where we will be working that day. Please park on Rogers St. NW, and walk east on the indicated dead end to find us. If walking presents a challenge to you, please feel free to park or get dropped off on the dead end street.
For more information, find us at:
United Way: http://getconnected.unitedway-thurston.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=46472
Thank you in advance for your service!
8th Annual SSEA Savor the Sound Cruise! Come join the South Sound Estuary Association for this year's four (4) hour cruise of south Puget Sound featuring science, snacks, spirits and our special guests, on board the luxury yacht, MY GIRL.
Special Guests – Dayv Lowry and Phil Dionne, WA Fish and Wildlife, “The Conservation of Dinner: Why Forage Fish Matter”.
Don’t miss this afternoon of fun, friendship, enlightenment, and something good to eat. Come savor the sound!
The cruise departs from Port Plaza Dock in Olympia and tickets are $75 each for non-members and $65 for members. Our tickets sell out each year.
All proceeds benefit SSEA’s mission to create opportunities for residents and visitors, of all ages, to access marine/estuary education. Our mission is to foster learning opportunities that inspire people of all ages to connect with, protect, and enjoy the unique estuary environment of south Puget Sound.
OlyEcosystems Partners with the City of Olympia to Save an Additional 2.75 Acres in the West Bay Woods
Nearly a years worth of organizing and planning with the City of Olympia's Parks Department has come together for a Phase I effort to preserve the West Bay Woods, enabling the City to move ahead with a purchase option on one parcel and a purchase agreement on the other. City Council unanimously approved the motion on August 16th. Your support and OlyEcosystems advocacy made this a reality.
The first 1.4-acre parcel expands the buffer around the heronry to the north. The second 1.6-acre parcel secures a pedestrian pathway from the NW neighborhood to the waterfront.
At OlyEcosytems, we see this proposal as equal parts environmental and social justice, acknowledging the importance of connecting conservation with community.
Read the article in the Olympian here.
Thanks to all in the community who came out and talked with us about the future of ecosystems in our area. You made the festival a big success!