Bothell, December 10th 2013 - The City Council voted unanimously to approve a purchase and sales agreement for six more acres of North Creek Forest!
The source of funding was a Land and Water grant, a King County Conservation Futures grant and land value donated by the owner. We are grateful to the Robinson Family for their generosity.
We also want to thank the people at Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and the state Recreation and Conservation Office. Without them we would not have the awesome conservation protections offered by the L&W grant.
Friends of North Creek Forest is honored to be the recipient of a $5000 grant from the Tulalip Tribes. They offered us one of our first written endorsements. Now they have recognized our work worthy of financial support. This grant holds special meaning for us. The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, is "committed to improving arts and culture, education and youth, the environment, health care, public safety and social services in our communities." We are grateful to be a part of their vision.
Google has awarded us two grants!
You will have to hold your breath while we get our heads around this one. When we have all of the pieces in place you will definitely know so "stay tuned" :) This is significant.
On the subject of staying tuned...
On November 21st we were invited to an interview on a national radio broadcast, The Dr. Pat Show. Dr. Pat Baccili attended one of our fundraisers and is committed to our mission. You may listen to it at the link below. The heart of the interview begins at about 8 minutes in. Thank you Dr. Pat!
Founding Board Member Maximilian Dixon is moving on.
Maximilian has been with us from the very start. This Mary Gates Leadership Scholar was President of the UWB/CCC Sustainability Organization when we met him. Soon after we had a letter of support from the UW Bothell Chancellor and a whole new relationship with the university. Maximilian has guided us in areas of public policy, nonprofit development, education, grants, internship adviser and has worked half way through many nights to save North Creek Forest. He just got married, he's in grad school and working closely with FEMA. We have more to say about this amazing man soon.
Maximilian, you are a brilliant leader and a true friend. Thank you!
23 ACRES TO GO
That is the key to this whole ecosystem. If we fail, 41 acres of wildlife habit will not be sufficient to keep the forest special. It is the whole ecosystem that is so valuable: for salmon below, for Puget Sound, for students and teachers and for a web of life missing from smaller forests. 23 acres to go and perhaps fewer months to get it done. Stay with us. It's worth it!
If you have a giving program please consider Friends of North Creek Forest. 2014 will be the critical year for completing the vision of an intact forest... Bothell's last great forest. Your donations are tax deductible. See instructions to the right of this article.
Thank you all for a tremendous year!
Our next open event is upon us!
Saturday December 7th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(Also an identical event on December 21st)
Help us turn a pile of blackberries into "maximum" wildlife habitat.
We will have snacks, beverages, tools.
You will need weather and forest appropriate clothing.
Professor Warren Gold frequently rides his bike past "Edgar" on his way to work. According to Dr. Gold...
"Edgar perches on the snags along the stream in the North Creek Business Park every morning in the fall and into the winter (and I get to say hi on my bike ride to work most days). Old studies on the Skagit have shown that these guys spend the nighttime in the coniferous trees back from the river corridor. The evergreen foliage provides long wave radiation heating through the night to keep them warmer than they would be otherwise."
Another good reason to save a forest? Absolutely.
Quick! "like" our Facebook Page HERE
You will want to do that now so you won't miss our contest. It will post on our FB Page and feature photos in and around the forest. We want you to vote on those you like best. So, like now, vote soon.
If you have a photo you would like to share please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
It does not have to be a dramatic wildlife photo. It can be anything that shows why the forest if worth saving. A flower might be the pic of the year.