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Peter Alexander

Protected lands in bloom

The cherry trees have finished dropping their petals, but many other flowers are just getting started! You can find all sorts of native species on GPC preserves that are just beginning to blossom – so enjoy the springtime and get outside to see some! At GPC’s Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wetland Wildlife Refuge near Belfair, we’re finding willow…

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The Hansville Greenway Expansion is Officially Open!

It was the culmination of a lot of hard work. Last Saturday, the ribbon was officially cut at the new Hansville Greenway Expansion, marking the ceremonial opening of this land to the public. Close to 100 community members from Hansville and all across the peninsula showed up to celebrate this happy moment, and the incredible…

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The best strategies for environmentally conscious forest management

Every year, more than 100,000 people visit the beautiful Ueland Tree Farm, just outside of Bremerton. Hiking on the trails here can take you to some of the most gorgeous viewpoints on the whole peninsula, along with the magical secret that is Dickerson Falls. Although this property is timberland, and the trees on this land…

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Planting for the future at Klingel-Bryan-Beard

There’s a new forest being made down at the Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge. This beautiful preserve, which sits on Hood Canal near the Union River estuary, has been the site of a major restoration project. With at least 225 volunteers contributing, this just might be the largest volunteer effort that Great Peninsula Conservancy has ever organized!…

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The Hidden Refuges from Climate Change

The forests that surround us are full of incredible variety. As the climate of our region changes over the coming decades, different parts of the landscape will be affected differently. Those areas that remain relatively buffered from the worst impacts are known as refugia. These microsites within the landscapes we protect will be incredibly important…

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Six Actions For Forest Resilience

1. Build Habitat Piles Everybody needs a place to live, and habitat piles are like high-rise apartments for the forest! Especially in second-growth forests where there’s not always a lot of places to live, habitat piles can be essential. Squirrels, chipmunks, toads, newts, songbirds, and more will all move in to one these – and…

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If a tree is felled in a forest – does it make a difference?

For thousands of years, the forests of Puget Sound have been cared for by the native peoples who lived here. Many places that we may now think of as “wild” have in fact been carefully managed. Generations of cumulative human impact is what made the forests here into tremendous natural cathedrals. The American settlers that…

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In Land Labs, students make lifelong connections with the natural world

Mushrooms and salamanders were catching students’ eyes all day long. A woodpecker fluttered past. Tree frogs were croaking in the distance. Deep in the forest at Grovers Creek Preserve, the rain wasn’t so bad. But these moisture-loving organisms were thriving in the gloomy weather.   That wasn’t exactly what we had come here to study. But that’s the magic that’s possible during Land…

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What’s So Special About Dead Trees, Anyways?

For the past 3 months, GPC’s stewardship team has been creating wildlife habitat on our preserves through a procedure called girdling. Our goal is to create snag and den trees, features that are relatively rare in many of GPC’s evenly-aged forest preserves. In older forests, standing dead trees (snags) and logs are common and provide…

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How much do you know about Olympia oysters?

For Logan, it was a dream come true. He was bursting at the seams with excitement when he talked about how he wanted to become a marine biologist. Now he had a chance to be face-to-face with a professional restoration ecologist from the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). On this sunny September morning, Logan got…

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