Evergreen Selected by the Department of Natural Resources to Receive Urban Forestry Grant
The Evergreen State College is among 21 Washington State entities selected by the Department of Natural Resources to receive a 2022 Urban Forestry Grant.
“This grant will support the development of a campus stewardship action plan for the care and management of nearly 700 acres of undeveloped ecological reserves on the Olympia campus,” says Evergreen Director of Sustainability Scott Morgan.
Evergreen's $17,816 award will fund a research job for one grad student who will collaborate with Morgan on a vision for the college’s forested areas.
The project has three goals: to develop plans for environmental preservation, maximize the forest’s value as an outdoor classroom, and maintain it as a safe and accessible community recreation area.
This is the largest Urban and Community Forestry grant funding cycle in Department of Natural Resources history. The total funds available equal $550,000. Of this money, $405,893 will fund tree inventories, canopy analyses, and planning projects. A second $100,000 pool will fund policy work, planting and restoration, education initiatives and more.
Read more about the Urban and Community Forestry Grant on TreeLink News.
Concrete Bulkhead Removal at Snyder Cove/Bushoowah-ahlee Point
Evergreen is considering a project to remove the concrete bulkhead and a slab located on the college-owned beachfront at Snyder Cove/Bushoowah-ahlee Point. If the project is approved and funding granted, deconstruction will likely begin in summer 2024.
This project is a partnership with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, which received funding in 2020 to perform a critical assessment of the costs and benefits of removing shore-armoring structures along the Evergreen Beach. That study concluded in December 2021.
The analysis suggests that removing the concrete bulkhead will improve habitat for feeder fish and juvenile salmon, while resulting in only minor impacts on the shoreline. The feasibility study also finds that removing a large water-level slab will provide a greater opportunity for Snyder Creek to meander within the cove, which will reduce the risks of undermining and/or erosion on either side of the creek.
As we consider next steps, we invite campus stakeholders and neighbors to review the study (downloadable PDF) and submit feedback.
Please reach out to one or more of the contacts below for more information or to submit feedback. All comments should be submitted by end of day on, March 25, 2022.
Director of Sustainability
Salmon Habitat Restoration Project Manager
Ongoing Sustainability Projects
Green Power Partnership
Ten-Year Capital Request Plan 2017-27
Download the complete 2017-2027 Ten-Year Capital Plan Request (PDF).