I wanted to share with you this special opportunity to learn more about the ecological communities of the region and the human regulations that affect these resources. The Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group is now accepting applications for the Citizen Action Training School, and is looking for participants from diverse backgrounds and occupations and with a passion for local watersheds and shorelines to participate.
The Citizen Action Training School, or CATS, is modeled after a successful program first implemented in the late 1980s in Snohomish County by the Pilchuck Audubon Society. The RFEGs program will include the original watershed ecology and civic education and engagement components with an added focus on Puget Sound Recovery. CATS participants will become aware, educated, and active stewards and advocates for their watersheds and the greater Puget Sound. Participants will receive 50 hours of training over 3 months, and will give back by volunteering at least 50 hours to plan and complete a service project in their community related to the Puget Sound Strategic Initiatives: 1) Prevention of Stormwater Pollution, 2) Protection/Restoration of Habitat, 3) Recovery of Shellfish Beds. For more information, I encourage you to check out the program website at www.pugetsoundcats.org
CATS is a great opportunity for anyone interested in Puget Sound recovery, especially for people who want the tools to be active in their community and advocate in support of local watersheds and shorelines. The training sessions will be conducted on a diverse spectrum of issues related to Puget Sound recovery and by presenters who are experts in their field, so this is an awesome opportunity for students, government officials, concerned citizens and others.
CATS sessions are being offered throughout the Puget Sound region, with the next session starting early this March in Seattle and additional trainings in Everett, and on the Olympic Peninsula in 2014. Applications for the winter 2014 sessions are due by February 28th and there are limited spaces available so get yours in soon! To apply or for more information, contact the Seattle CATS Coordinator Leihla Scharlau at Leihla@midsoundfisheries.org or (206) 529-9467.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
A great walk coming to the watershed, led by our own President of the Thornton Creek Alliance, Ruth Williams
With a fascinating mix of nature, public art, and architecture – this tour of Seattle stairways has it all! We’ll visit Thornton Creek, the largest year-round stream in Seattle, which provides a central theme. We’ll cross and re-cross it; view it bank-side and from tree-canopy height. And we’ll see how it’s been re-engineered by both humans and animals
4.7 miles: 326 steps down, 136 steps up.
Join the only Stairway Walks Day in Washington. On Saturday, February 8, from 10am to 12pm, lace up your shoes, grab a friend, and get ready to explore neighborhood byways you can only see by foot.
Last year, more than 260 people joined our signature event that featured fifteen walks exploring the region’s stairways. Participants climbed 70,000 stairs, and collectively traveled more than 500 miles in two hours.
This year, we are planning for an even bigger event. Trained Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors are preparing to lead eighteen concurrent scenic, family friendly walks in Bellevue, Burien, and Seattle. The Stairway Walks Day is estimated to bring out 450 people, who will collectively climb over 120,000 stairs.
Last year every stairway walk was filled up in advance of the event. To ensure your space in Stairway Walks Day, become a Feet First member today and you will receive a priority registration invitation on Monday, January 13 for this event that only happens once a year.
Should you have any questions about Stairway Walks Day or you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Drew DeVitis by calling 206-652-2310 ext. 5 or emailing email@example.com .
- President Ruth readies to read TCA’s letter of appreciation to Councilmember Richard Conlin at his farewell celebration, December 18. The full text of the letter is posted below. Also pictured are John Lombard, Imogene Williams, and Chuck Dolan.
Download PDF Letter to Richard Conlin
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)
Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program
Grant applications will be accepted from December 1, 2013 – February 28, 2014.
Over the years, WDFW’s ALEA Grant Program has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations who have undertaken a variety of projects that engage volunteers and benefit Washington’s fish and wildlife resources.
ALEA grants are in high demand; therefore, we follow a competitive process to select recipients. If interested, read below for more information about the program and how to apply.
The ALEA Grant Program funds five major types of projects; however, others may be considered.
Details are here!
- Habitat projects include activities that restore and/or preserve fish and wildlife habitat.
- Research projects increase our knowledge of fish and wildlife species.
- Education projects communicate information or provide hands on experiences that will enhance public understanding of fish and wildlife and their habitat.
- Facility Development projects provide or enhance access to fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.
- Artificial Production projects rear and release fish or wildlife for public recreation or to restore populations. All artificial production projects must be pre-approved by WDFW to be eligible to apply for an ALEA grant.
The more we at GSP learn about Seattle’s Parks Legacy Plan, the more worried we get. This Plan basically determines what the Parks Levy or Parks District will fund, and it currently under-funds the Green Seattle Partnership by $1.5 million every year. We need $3.6 million in capital funds every year to restore our forests by 2025, and the Plan only includes $2.1 million per year.
We need you to show the Plan’s Citizen Advisory Committee that Seattle cares about GSP! There are two things you can do, and one is very easy:
1. We need everyone to email the committee:
More information about the Parks Legacy Plan: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.
With winter coming on, it’s already time to think about spring planting! Next year’s growing season begins with the King County Conservation District annual Native Bareroot Plant Sale, set for Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The District offers a wide variety of native trees & shrubs for home landscapes and conservation purposes, including wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation and stream enhancement.
The plants are bareroot stock, which means they are affordable and easy to plant. It is best to pre-order your plants, the sooner the better, as some varities can sell out.
Click here for details and a link to online ordering
Pre-Order now through February 9, 2014