Hi, Please check our just published schedule to the right. There are many choices. We have tools, gloves, beverage and often a BBQ. You bring forest and weather appropriate clothes and footwear. We have fun and serve the forest!
Chrysalis students engage forest education and stewardship
Above - Chrysalis students braved some rain to learn tree identification by comparing bark. They followed up with some serious volunteer service. The following week our regular crew returned to straighten up the site for a pending wave of students.
Below is a small tribute to some of the volunteers who worked hard in winter weather to get things ready for the pending burst of activity. Thanks All!
Mike Hughes (right) solved a big problem. A large cherry tree had fallen on an old abandoned truck. Mike and his friend Ian Melanson cut the tree out of the way. Then they proceeded to cut it into slabs about 3" thick.
This cherry will someday make a beautiful dinning room table and other furniture. Mike donated these cherry slabs to Friends. He also donated some big slabs of beautifully figured maple. We are selling it with all proceeds going to FNCF.
Mike also brought in another friend, Rod Styles, who cut up the truck and another car. He cut it down to pieces small enough to be hauled out by hand. Mike happens to be a land developer who envisions a balance between the built and natural world.
Mike, thank you for your time, tools, sweat, ingenuity and generosity.
Rod Styles used a gas powered "rescue saw" to chop up this truck and another abandoned car. Rod's bill was so low his work was basically a donation. Thank you Rod!
The calm before the storm... Krystle Minerich, our former Executive Director Intern, getting back to it after she anchored herself into a fine post grad job. We have a special appreciation for the students who return now and then.
John Pearson, probably holds the record for most events attended. John has attended almost every public event for the last year.
Kent Parkinson rockin' to his tunes.
Lisa Johnson, is becoming a regular. Attending UW Bothell, Lisa finds this a refreshing break from the books.
Natalie Gonzales, another most frequent volunteer began last year while an Honor Society member at Bothell High School. She is currently attending Cascadia CC.
Community member Maggie Lovell brings her own loppers to events. After this storm hit we suggested we gold plate them. No one was expected to stay in this weather. Everyone did.
Carolyn Freese - Saturday begins with making lots of hot water and coffee. On the other end of the day she logs in volunteer hours and puts things away for next week... about seven hours each day. BTW the tree behind her was completely invisible under the blackberries last fall. Thanks UWREN for planning events and logistics. They have a big job both on and off the site. Not shown today but always present: Jared Parkinson, Ryan Isaacson and Spencer Murray.
We express gratitude to the Rose Foundation, and the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund for supporting our programs.
And to: The Tulalip Tribes for their generous support. Thank you for making the dream real. FNCF