Stewardship of the Land

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Valerie & Michael Sarratt – both earning  20+ &100+ volunteer hours.  Class of Spring, 2013

Wenatchee Naturalists, Valerie and Michael Sarratt, honored by Okanogan Conservation District for the conservation practices, post-wildfire. Both have earned their Wenatchee Naturalist pins for volunteering 100+hours in support of conservation.

  • As Benson Creek home-owners directly impacted by the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire and subsequent flash flood, worked in partnership with the Okanogan Conservation District to restore the riparian creek corridor.
  • Awarded the 2015 Cutting Edge Cooperator for outstanding vision and implementation of innovative conservation practices

Wenatchee Naturalists, Valerie and Michael Sarratt, honored by Okanogan Conservation District for the conservation practices, post-wildfire.


 Mara Bohman- 20+ volunteer hours  Class of Fall, 2013

Mara Bohman has earned her Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation.

  • volunteer teacher for Wenatchee River Institute field days with elementary school students
  • Researcher and writer for a blog about Columbia River natural and cultural history
Mara Bohman has earned her Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation.

 


Bill Deuters- 20+& 100+ volunteer hours  Class of Fall, 2014

Bill Deuters has earned his Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+& 100+ hours in support of conservation, serving Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the Washington Native Plant Society:

  • researched, designed, and built 5 knapweed weeding spades, with 10 more under production in winter, 2016-17, to be donated to CDLT and WNPS in spring, 2017.
  • Volunteer for trail improvement and stewardship projects for CDLT in the Wenatchee Foothills.
  • Volunteer for the Conservation Committee, North Central WA Audubson Society’s field site review for the Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Project.
Bill Deuters designed and built custom knapweed weeding tools and donated them to local non-profits doing weed control.

Bill Deuters


Hanne Benner- 20+& 100+ volunteer hours  Class of Fall, 2013

  • In addition to her “day” job as Trails Coordinator for Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Hanne volunteer evening and weekend hours as part of the trail crew building the 2-mile Glacier View Trail on Horse Lake Reserve.  Hanne’s daughter, Marlo, was along for the ride!
Hanna Benner, building the Glacier View Trail with baby Marlo on board

Hanna Benner, building the Glacier View Trail with baby Marlo on board


Leesa Broker – 20+ volunteer hours.  Class of Fall 2014

Lessa Broker volunteered doing both conservation education and stewardship for three local conservation organizations:

  • Leesa earned her Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation.
  • Helped with a wetlands restoration planting project on MEND property in Leavenworth, as a Washington Native Plant Society volunteer project
  • Volunteered for Leavenworth Bird Fest
  • Volunteered as a Kids-in-the-Creek field teacher for Cascadia Conservation District.
Lessa Broker has earned his Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation. photo: Heather Murphy

Lessa Broker


Amy Massey 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours (Class of Fall 2012): 

  • Wenatchee River Institute teaching volunteer for Field Days with local elementary students.
  • Initiated a native plant restoration project at Wenatchee River Institute (WRI), recruited volunteers, held a series of work parties, and raised donations to transform an overgrown blackberry bramble into a native plant Garden  of Gratitute to honor WRI’s founding director, Jeff Parsons.
Amy Massey

Amy Massey


Barbee Teasley- 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours  Class of Fall 2012: 

  • Organized, solicited donations, and implemented the 2013 & 2014 Leavenworth Earth Day Fair silent auction, which serves as a fund-raiser to support Wenatchee River Institute’s community project.
Barbee Teasley

Barbee Teasley


Lori Aylesworth 20+ volunteer hours Class of Spring 2012 

  • Using Xerces Society materials, researched the natural distribution of Monarch butterflies and their native host milkweed plant in WA. Wrote an article to encourage residents to plant milkweed as a way to support monarch butterfly populations. Grew, harvested, and shared seeds with neighbors so others could cultivate milkweed.
Lori Aylesworth

Lori Aylesworth


Matt Honor – Class of Spring 2013

  • Columbia River Natural & Cultural History Awareness
  • Matt took the Wenatchee Naturalist course to further his knowledge base in preparation to stand-up paddleboard the Columbia River, from the source to the mouth, in the summer of 2013. In his year of preparation, Matt did all his research, logistics planning, and supply preparation.
Matt Honor

Matt Honor


Leona Holahan – 20+ Hours Service Pin

Class of Fall 2013

  • Led the Link Transit NCW EcoChallenge, May 13-26, 2017, leading her team to first place rank. As a participant, implemented energy-saving measures at home, planted a home garden, and began a seed-exchange program at work.
  • Added climate awareness components to Link Transit ArtLink program, presented to 1000 3rd graders annuals in 2 counties
  • Participated in “Plastics-free” July
Leona Holahan

Leona Holahan


Tom Holahan – 20+ Hours Service Pin

Class of Fall 2013

  • Co-captained the 2017 LINK Transit Eco-challenge team, promoting Earth-friendly awareness at work and in the community, a program of Climate Conversations NCW.
  • Constructed backyard garden beds to convert grass into food production enabling growing all of their own produce.
  • Installed energy-efficient programable thermostat in their home.
Tom Holahan

Tom Holahan


Jill LaRue- 20+ & 50+ Hours Service Pin

Class of Fall 2014

  • Trained to become a RareCare Volunteer for the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. The program monitors rare plant populations in WA
  • Volunteered as a citizen scientist for the 2017 Year 3 of the Sagebrush Songbird Survey Program
Jill LaRue

Jill LaRue

Sagebrush Songbird University of Washington Botanic Gardens


Patrick Farrar 20+ & 100+ Hours Service Pin

Class of Fall 2016

  • Volunteered with Cascadia Conservation District on a riparian planting project at Mission Creek and for a tire clean-up on the Little Chumstick Creek.
  • Volunteered with The Nature Conservancy to map resources, field-check mapped features, and realign a hiking trail in Moses Coulee.
  • For Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, surveyed a sharp-tailed grouse lek in Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area.
Patrick Farrar

Patrick Farrar

Cascadia Conservation DistrictThe Nature Conservancy

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife


Nancy Duffey – 20+ Hours Service Pin

Class of Fall 2016

  • Led a neighborhood group in collaboration with Chelan County Fire District Staff to plan and apply FireWise principles to private home properties that adjoin wildlands.
  • Coordinated use of heavy equipment and neighbor volunteers to cut and remove woody shrubs, reducing fuels.
Nancy Duffey

Nancy Duffey

Nancy Duffey

Nancy Duffey