Prairie Washington State’s most rapidly disappearing and threatened ecosystem. Currently, prairie land comprises less than 3% of the original acreage. Loss of habitat and lack of fire over the past century is a major factor. There is a significant need to restore prairie in the northwest.
We are restoring our 175 acres in Central Whidbey and also support restoration efforts throughout the Puget Sound region.
PRI has been a part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) Recovery Program and hosts one of the larger and most successful recovery populations of Golden paintbrush. PRI also partners with US Fish and Wildlife Service on other projects along with several South Sound conservation organizations. Another partner in restoration is the National Park Service as we are actively restoring some land here within the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
This restoration work involves growing out native plants in propagation beds, sourcing and collecting seed from wild native plants, processing and storing seeds, preparing land (select chemical usage, cover cropping, controlled burns) and public education. Much of this work is labor intensive and depend largely on volunteers who are committed to enhancing the places in which they live.
If you would like to join our efforts to restore this prairie, give us a call to find out about volunteer opportunities or ways to support financially.