Last spring we received a small grant from the Public Conservation Assistance Fund to engage community members in wildlife habitat enhancement along the portion of Coleman Creek that runs behind St. Clement’s church. To date, we have had 60+ people, ages 4-80, interact with the site, and logged over 200 volunteer hours. We removed invasive plant species, built bird and bat houses, and planted salal, oregon grape, vine leaf maple, and ferns along the riparian zone.
There is still a lot to do, so in the coming year we will: make permanent signs and posters, plan a rain garden, move the old shed, create a pollinator garden, support Girl Guides in their service project, and add plants to the riparian zone. Next spring we will apply to the fund again to build a system to keep parking-lot run-off out of the creek.
This is a wonderful community conservation project that is taking longer and costing us more in staff time than we had anticipated.Financial contributions are both needed and appreciated.