SWS Members may watch the FULL meeting recording HERE
10 am: SWS Business Meeting – reports from officers and committees (see agenda below Speaker Bios)
10:30 am: Featured Speakers – Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration with Robert Pelant, Director, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship and Jim Peskuric, SWS Class of 2022. Jim is President of the Island County Master Gardeners Foundation and a lead volunteer at Pacific Rim Institute in their program to restore the Garry Oak Savannah and other native species to enhance ecosystem resilience.
11:30 to 12:00: Breakout Rooms for Camano and Whidbey
Meeting is via Zoom. Camano is Host
Dr. Robert Pelant is the founder and CEO of the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) on Whidbey Island, WA. It is a 175-acre site containing old Douglas fir and Pacific yew forests and one of largest and most diverse prairie remnants in the region. Prairies are seriously endangered in Washington. A veterinarian by training Robert has worked and lived most of his adult life in Asia, Latin America and Africa. His focus then was holistic development for mostly rural peoples. Since 2009 with PRI, he has combined those experiences with new practical approaches to restoring the ecosystems in which we live. PRI has been an instrumental partner to the US Fish and Wildlife Service in getting golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) removed from the federal Endangered Species List in July 2023. Dr. Pelant obtained his BS degree in 1977 and his D.V. M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the University of Minnesota in 1981.
Jim Peskuric, SWS Class of 2022, retired from the aerospace industry in 2018. Aerospace paid the bills, but his real passions were in the life sciences so he decided to pursue this new path in retirement. Upon completion of his Master Gardener training in 2019 he developed a keen interest in volunteering and set out to spend his time teaching the science behind gardening, restoring native ecosystems and advocating for clean water and wildlife habitat. He is President of Island County Master Gardeners Foundation and volunteers at the Pacific Rim Institute weekly where he helps to recover northwest native prairies and Garry Oak savannahs. At home, he is working to convert his lawn into a native plant garden that provides food, water and shelter for wildlife. Jim became a Sound Water Steward in 2022 and is developing a series of classes that promote sustainable gardening practices so that we can all understand the relationship between our properties and the sea. He helped initiate SWS collaboration for “Know Your Weeds” Noxious Weed education and removal at Greenbank Farms in 2023.
Note to the Public: this is the monthly members meeting of Sound Water Stewards. We hold a business meeting before and after the Featured Speaker. The Speakers address important environmental topics from 10:30 to 11:30. You are welcome to attend.
Camano is Host (Joan is zoom host). Gaylen Heacock, Facilitator
Camano Agenda, Kathy McNally, Facilitator