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NWI's 2017 Plant-A-Thon sets a record as volunteers plant 6500 trees and shrubs
February 17, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

140 volunteers from five East Jefferson County schools planted a record 6,500 trees and shrubs in one day during the 11th Northwest Watershed Institute Plant-A-Thon at the Tarboo Wildlife Preserve. "The Plant-A-Thon has become the largest environmental service project in East Jefferson County", said Jude Rubin, NWI's Director of Stewardship and Public Outreach.

DNR buys forested slopes above Tarboo Bay for conservation
January 23, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Pope Resources sold 159 acres to the state Department of Natural Resources for $899,000 on Dec. 29. “This parcel is an important addition to the Natural Area and will help provide long-term protection to Dabob Bay’s water quality, shellfish beds and wildlife habitat,” said Peter Bahls, a biologist and director of the Northwest Watershed Institute, a conservation group that helped with the acquisition.

DNR expands Dabob Bay and Devils Lake State Natural Area boundaries
December 25, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The outgoing commissioner of public lands has added 3,393 acres to the Dabob Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area. Earlier in the month, Goldmark also authorized the expansion from 80 to 495 acres of the Devils Lake conservation area, which protects additional forest shoreline habitat near Quilcene Bay on Hood Canal.

Honorary Tree Cards for 2017 Plant-A-Thon now available
November 18, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The tree cards — one for each of the 3,000 native trees that students and their families will plant at a salmon stream restoration site this February — are on sale now in preparation for the holidays. Each card can be personalized to plant a tree honoring someone special. The image on the cards this year is by Port Townsend artist Amanda Kingsley, who was commissioned by the Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI) and four local schools to create it.

Proposed expansion of Dabob Bay and Devils Lake Natural Areas receives strong support from NWI, partners, and landowners at public hearing
November 2, 2016, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

Most of those attending an Oct. 25 hearing in Quilcene voiced support of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposal to expand the Dabob Bay and Devils Lake Natural Areas. If approved, this would give DNR the opportunity to seek funding and work with willing landowners to permanently protect some of east Jefferson County's most beautiful and important environments on a landscape scale. The proposal would expand the Devils Lake Natural Resource Conservation Area by 415 acres and the Dabob Bay Natural Area by 4,345 acres.

NWI’s YES! Program training environmental stewards for the future
October 16, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

Thirteen students from three high schools in East Jefferson County recently completed field training for the newly accredited Watershed Science and Stewardship Class for the 2016-17 school year. Through the new class, NWI is working with seven natural resource organizations to encourage students to learn directly from professionals about their research, restoration and conservation projects.

YES students clean up habitat and launch ideas on Global Youth Service Day
May 6, 2015, U.S. Department of State website

YES students from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Tunisia hosted by AFS in Washington state, teamed up with local high school teens, fellow exchange students and AFS volunteers on Global Youth Service Day to work together on restoration projects and brainstorm how individuals can make a difference in the world.

Jude Rubin wins 2015 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award
October 16, 2015, Olympic Peninsula Environmental News

Jude Rubin, Stewardship Director for NWI, received the prestigious Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award for her many accomplishments, including coordinating NWI's annual Plant-A-Thon for over a decade, helping to pass the plastic bag ban in Port Townsend as the infamous "bag monster", and helping NWI and partner organizations protect and restore thousands of acres in the Tarboo-Dabob Bay watershed.

NWI helps DNR buys lands around Taylor Shellfish Hatchery for conservation
October 28, 2015, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

More forested shoreline habitat was protected as part of the state's Dabob Bay Natural Area with DNR's purchase of 15 acres around the Taylor Shellfish Hatchery on Dabob Bay. NWI helped DNR coordinate the acquisition project.

NWI Plant-A-Thon turns 10; Teen involvement sets a new record
February 25, 2015, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

The Northwest Watershed Institute Plant-A-Thon celebrated its 10th anniversary with another large-scale planting event at the institute’s Tarboo Wildlife Preserve. On Feb. 14, 175 youth and adult volunteer tree planters helped to restore salmon and wildlife habitat, as well as mitigate climate impacts, by planting 3,000 native trees.

Saltmarsh and shoreline habitat restored on Tarboo Bay
September 20, 2014, Peninsula Daily News

Northwest Watershed Institute and contractor Reeves Excavating and Land Clearing restored a portion of Tarboo Bay’s shoreline to natural conditions by removing a bulkhead, fill dirt, house and septic system and preparing it for planting with native vegetation this winter.

Tarboo forestland gains protection
August 26, 2014, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader.

Eighty acres of mature forest in the Tarboo Valley was permanently preserved last week through a joint project of Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI) and Jefferson Land Trust (JLT). The project marks the successful culmination of a larger forest conservation effort, totaling 238 acres, that represents one of the largest conservation easement projects completed to date in East Jefferson County.

Volunteers, young and old, plant 3,000 trees at Tarboo Creek
February 8, 2014, Peninsula Daily News

Volunteers from five schools planted 3,000 native trees and shrubs along Tarboo Creek during the ninth annual Plant-A-Thon. The 150 children, parents, grandparents and teachers planted the trees during a daylong work party Feb. 1, said Jude Rubin, director of stewardship at the Port Townsend-based Northwest Watershed Institute.

Group seeks donations to save Tarboo-area forestland

December 1, 2013, Peninsula Daily News

The Northwest Watershed Institute is $49,000 away from protecting 236 acres of forests and streams next to the Tarboo Wildlife Preserve. With a loan from supporters, the Northwest Watershed Institute bought 78 acres of mature forest in 2011 from ANE Forests Inc., a Danish corporation that was planning to clearcut the property and sell it for development.

Plant-A-Thon Under Way!

November 27, 2013

2014 Plant-A-Thon Returns to East Jefferson County.

Don Tiller created image for tree cards.

Buy your honorary tree cards online from the school of your choice.

 

Dabob Bay couple leaves legacy: Easement, land sale to DNR add to conservation effort

February 27, 2013, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

Renowned nature photographer Keith Lazelle and his wife and artist agent, Jane Hall, are leaving a living legacy at Dabob Bay – but they don’t plan on leaving it anytime soon. Lazelle and Hall granted long-term protection to their 18 acres of shoreline property. The recent acquisitions are part of a larger conservation effort of Northwest Watershed Institute and partners within the proposed boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area…

 

Tom Reese/Special to the Seattle Times

On Dabob Bay, Man and Nature Nurture Preservation

November 16, 2012, The Seattle Times, Pacific NW Magazine

This article and numerous photos celebrate and discuss the outstanding natural habitats of one of Puget Sound's least developed saltmarsh estuaries - and the significant land acquisition and restoration work by Northwest Watershed Institute and partners that are making it a flagship conservation project in the region…

Students Turnout for 2012 Plant-A-Thon

February 27, 2012, Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

After a January snowstorm postponed the eighth annual Plant-A-Thon, 125 children, parents, grandparents and teachers were rewarded with spectacular weather for their tree planting on Feb. 4. During the daylong work party, volunteers from five local schools planted 2,500 native trees and shrubs along 5 acres of Tarboo Creek and wetland pasture...

Donations Needed for Tarboo Forest Preservation

November 1, 2011
Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader

Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI) purchased 78 acres of forestland near Quilcene on Sept. 15, but needs financial help to permanently secure the land; part of a larger effort to conserve 236 acre of forest land for wildlife and sustainable forestry...

Restoring Dabob Bay and Tarboo Creek

September 15, 2011, Green-Acre Radio

Can an out-of-the-way section of Dabob Bay with only one mega-home in sight serve as a model for restoring Puget Sound? Those engaged in the effort to restore the largest intact salt-marsh in all of Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca and surrounding land think it can. Martha Baskin’s radio spot...

Restoring Dabob Bay

November 30, 2009 , Washington Wildlands, Journal of the Washington Nature Conservancy

We’re taking a multi-pronged approach to restoring Tarboo-Dabob Bay on Hood Canal. This bay is one of the top three oystergrowing areas in the world… This work represents a cooperative effort among many partners—private landowners, commercial oyster growers, a cooperative timber company, the Jefferson Land Trust, Jefferson County, state and federal agencies, and the Conservancy. It has also taken the leadership of a committed biologist, Peter Bahls, whose organization, the Northwest Watershed Institute, is the catalyst...

Restoring Tarboo Creek Offers A Model
for Saving Puget Sound

November 30, 2009
The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine

This feature story covers how Peter Bahls started the Tarboo Watershed Restoration Project, and highlights the involvement of landowners Scott and Susan Freeman...

 

 

The Legacy of Aldo Leopold Continues at Tarboo Creek

November, 2006
Jefferson Land Trust Newsletter

A life’s dream. A twist of fate. A legacy of land conservation spanning four generations. These are all plot lines in a grand story of love and land, now playing at Tarboo Creek. This past December, Jefferson Land Trust (JLT) completed the Freeman conservation easement, more than 17 acres of salmon and upland habitat along Tarboo Creek...