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Climate Resilience and YOU

These posts were created to fulfill the “Climate Communications Toolkit” element of the 2021 Land Trust Alliance ACE grant.

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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