Pierce Conservation District hosts SCC tour, highlights programs designed to serve all communities

PUYALLUP, WA – On March 15, members and partners of the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) attended a tour hosted by Pierce Conservation District where they learned how the conservation district designs programs with an intent to provide value to all communities within their service area. From renewable energy, to farmland preservation, to habitat restoration, to providing community food and gardens, Pierce Conservation District programs serve both urban and rural residents.

See below for a slideshow of pictures from the tour, which was part of the bi-monthly meeting of the SCC.

washington state conservation commission logo
Pierce Conservation District logo in green
  • Tour stop 1: Early Bird Farm in the Puyallup River Valley. Pierce Conservation District works with NW Seed to help local farms and businesses generate their own clean energy through the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Assistance Program. Rawley Johnson (Early Bird Farm owner/operator) and Chrissy Cooley (Pierce Conservation District Climate Resiliency Program Manager) described how this partnership helped Rawley use a Renewable Energy for America grant to install a large solar power system on his barn.

    pierce conservation district staff and cooperating farmer address tour group
  • The welcoming committee at Early Bird Farm…

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  • Tour stop 2: Pierce Conservation District’s Veggie Coop to learn about urban agriculture at work! Kristen McIvor, Wolky Samboy-Hillyer, and Ryan Mello described aspects of the conservation district’s Harvest Pierce County Program, including community food and garden projects and hands-on farm education.

    three pierce conservation district staff address tour group
  • Tour stop 3: Restoration site at Meeker Creek, a salmon-bearing stream. In partnership with the City of Puyallup, Pierce Conservation District removed a trapezoidal ditch and restored the stream to a natural, meandering stream channel. The district also led several volunteer planting events to re-vegetate the riparian area, and they continue to coordinate volunteer water quality monitoring.

    pierce conservation district staff smiles beside plantings along meeker creek
  • Belinda Paterno, Pierce Conservation District Water Quality Technician, gives tour participants a hands-on lesson in water quality monitoring.

    piece conservation district staff demonstrate water quality monitoring