Parks and Public Spaces
This is a critical time for North Creek Forest. Although we continue to apply for, and receive grants, land prices escalate weekly. We need to save the remaining 22 acres before prices go up beyond our reach. We have about a year to make this happen.
Good news: In November, Bothell voters can save the forest.
Voting YES on Proposition 1 - Bothell's Parks and Public Spaces Levy will save the rest of the forest. It includes $1,000,000 that can be used for that purpose.
More good news: We need about $1,500,000 to finish saving the forest... BUT we just took 1st place in a $500,000 state wide competition for grant money! Now... where is that last million going to come from? It comes from a YES vote to save a forest for you and for the grandchildren of kids not yet born.
On September 7 people gathered at the home of one of our Woodinville donors, a special place on Lake Leota. The fundraiser focused on the marvelous green treasure North Creek Forest would add to this region. It was a success by any measure. Heartfelt thanks to all the donors who exceeded our expectations.
September is our fundraising month. If you have not yet done so please consider a donation. We have two generous donors who have agreed to match any contribution over $250. That triples your gift. Of course any amount you give will be greatly appreciated. Our overhead is low. We are almost 100% volunteer.
We continue to:
1. Pursue funding for the rest of the forest
2. Draw people to the forest with education opportunities
3. Improve wildlife habitat through scientific stewardship
SOUNDVIEW INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE SCHOOL
Soundview joined us six times last year. They participated in forest classes and their events added 446 hours of service to the forest.
Now Soundview is back. They signed up for 9 events this year, more than any other school, and the weeds are on the run.
This is Soundview's second year in the forest. Their service contribution include weeding and mulching. It's been a great summer for weeds and we are glad they are back!
It was a perfect mild day for some heavy work. In a matter of 2 hours our big mulch pile disappeared into the site. Students also rotated through an education module on water quality testing.
We are grateful for grants from the Tulalip Tribes and the Rose Foundation Puget Sound Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
Our education programs are expanding in quality and quantity thanks to a generous grant from the Peach Foundation.
Rick and Ruth OBrien
9/30/2014 10:25:15 am
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