Topic: Nature

Scotch Broom Census Set for May

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:24 am, by

Need an excuse to get out­side? (safe­ly and and while main­tain­ing self-dis­­­tanc­ing, of course…) OLYMPIA–The Wash­ing­ton Inva­sive Species Coun­cil, state agen­cies and researchers are call­ing for a cen­sus in May to help deter­mine the loca­tion of Scotch broom through­out the state. “We need everyone’s help to size up the prob­lem,” said Justin Bush, exec­u­tive coor­di­na­tor of  Con­tin­ue Reading

The Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale is Online!

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

No stand­ing in lines and no rushed shop­ping at the Mullis Senior Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter this year. We are online only in com­pli­ance with all safe­ty guide­lines for COVID-19. Our Spring Plant Sale starts at 9am, Tues­day, May 5.  Healthy veg­gie starts need new homes! Eight new vari­eties this year, includ­ing two deli­cious cher­ry toma­toes, cucum­bers, cab­bages and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Forest and Tree Health Webinar

Written on April 15, 2020 at 6:56 am, by

Dead and dying conifers have pro­lif­er­at­ed through­out the Sal­ish Sea area, espe­cial­ly with cedars and hem­locks, caus­ing con­cern for many prop­er­ty own­ers. This webi­nar will talk about why so many trees are dying right now and how to rec­og­nize when there’s a prob­lem on your prop­er­ty. Top­ics include insects, dis­eases, and drought, and what prop­er­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis Increases Gratitude for Greenspace and Highlights Need to Leash Dogs

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Land Bank Pre­serves remain open despite oth­er pub­lic land clo­sures because we believe peo­ple need access to nature close to home, espe­cial­ly when noth­ing else in life seems nor­mal. Ear­ly evi­dence sug­gests that dogs don’t spread COVID-19. How­ev­er, cur­rent social dis­tanc­ing rules apply to both peo­ple and their pets. To that end, we want to  Con­tin­ue Reading

From San Juan County, HOT TOPIC #9: Navigating Nature

Written on March 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan Coun­ty around sub­jects on the minds of islandersNav­i­gat­ing This arti­cle is from Bran­don Cad­well, Chief of Vis­i­tor and Youth Engage­ment at San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park. Now is the time to take the road less trav­eled. Or per­haps, the trail or side­walk less trav­eled. As the Chief of Vis­i­tor and Youth  Con­tin­ue Reading

Walking at English Camp

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

“And because enjoy­ing the out­doors is crit­i­cal to sup­port­ing your men­tal health, you can still go for a walk or a bike ride or gar­den in your yard.” Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee from his “Stay home, stay healthy” order. “Eng­lish Camp is good hik­ing spot with its upland trails to Young Hill, Bell Point loop, West­cott  Con­tin­ue Reading

All Washington State Parks Closed Temporarily Through April 30

Written on March 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm, by

This week, we announced the tem­po­rary full clo­sure of all Wash­ing­ton state parks for at least two weeks. The deci­sion fol­lows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on Tues­day. We want to do our part to help pre­vent the spread of the Coro­n­avirus, COVID-19. The mea­sure adds to our March 22 deci­sion  Con­tin­ue Reading

SeaDoc Society Launches Marine Science Homeschool Resource

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

  Today we launched a resource called HOMESCHOOL that will allow home­bound stu­dents to explore the Sal­ish Sea dur­ing this peri­od of self-iso­la­­tion. These videos and activ­i­ties can be eas­i­ly deployed amid the chaos of the cur­rent moment. Also, they’re fun!    We’ll con­tin­ue to add con­tent to this page, so keep an eye out and share  Con­tin­ue Reading