Every year we’re amazed at the amount of volunteer time our community donates to help us protect and care for the land. We wondered how this volunteerism would be affected by the pandemic, with our office closed to the public and volunteer work parties canceled during the spring and limited this summer and fall.
However, we shouldn’t have worried because countless conservation champions have stepped up and pitched in this year to help us in amazing and interesting ways from a safe social distance.
Our hats are off to them all, including:
Sketch by artist Erika Wurm that we used as the logo for Nature in Your Neighborhood.
The amazing Owen Fairbank who volunteers daily with the Land Trust, stewarding projects, leading committees, monitoring properties, and pitching in wherever we need help. We couldn’t do it without him!
Volunteer Preserve Steward and LEO member Robert Tognoli spent a almost an hour wading in the Duckabush River to get us photos for our latest Report to Our Community. When asked if it was cold, he said the temperature was great. Photo by James Holb.
Members of the League of Extraordinary Observers (LEO) who capture beautiful imagery of nature, our preserves, and our future community forest on Chimacum Ridge. LEO is a group of nature enthusiasts who are passionate about recording the natural history of Jefferson County through photography and stories to help build awareness and inspire action. LEO members include Stephen Cunliffe, Wendy Feltham, Chris Jones, Tim Lawson, Robert Tognoli, and Kerry Tremain and many others. Their images feature prominently on our website, eNews, publications, and in the $3 million community forest grant application we just submitted!
Owen Fairbank delivers gala goodies to car of TogetherFest guests.
Our Gala Goodies Distribution Team who helped hand out 135 Gala Goodies boxes full of delicious chocolates, fresh flowers, and other party supplies for TogetherFest this year. It was no small task so we’re grateful to the amazing volunteers who stepped in to help make things run smoothly. Sarah and Owen Fairbank, Ben Collum, Jen Rojas, and Kate Storey were pure masked fun as they ushered the goodies safely to our guests at two pickup locations.
In addition, countless others have volunteered their time and talent on the board, on committees, on task forces, with special events, with easement monitoring, and during socially distant volunteer stewardship work parties. Our incredible community volunteers touch every single part of the Land Trust’s work contributing an impressive number of hours every year, helping us accomplish our mission.