TACOMA, Wash. – Members of the community—teens, seniors, and all those in between—are invited to join University of Puget Sound students for two separate weekends of educational excursions and presentations about protecting the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region.
“Ski Level to Sea Level: Understanding Environmental Issues in Our Watersheds” is being offered for a second year by the college’s Sound Policy Institute. The two weekends, running Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14–16 and Sept. 28–30, include visits to Mount Rainier, Alder and Mud Mountain dams, and Eatonville rain gardens; a boat tour of Commencement Bay; a tour of a wood products mill; and talks by environmental leaders. Those interested can participate in one or both weekends.
The aim of the course is to empower citizens to understand and take action on important issues that often are left in the hands of politicians and special interest groups. Each weekend course costs $45. Space is limited. See below for enrollment details. The two events include:
Politics and Public Participation in the Nisqually Watershed
Friday evening, Sept. 14–Sunday afternoon, Sept 16
This course will focus on the establishment of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the effects of dams and agricultural practices on the Nisqually River salmon habitat.
Friday evening: Presentation by Helen Engle, founding member of Tahoma Audubon Society
Saturday: Mount Rainier walk at Paradise, Alder Dam, Ohop Creek restoration, Mashel River log jam, and Eatonville Rain Gardens, with Kim Gridley from Nisqually Tribe Department of Natural Resources
Sunday: Nisqually Wildlife refuge talk with Georgian Kautz, natural resource manager for Nisqually Tribe and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commissioner, and Jeanette Dorner, Puget Sound Partnership’s ecosystem and salmon recovery director and former Nisqually salmon recovery manage.
Laws and Land Use Designations in the Puyallup/White Watershed
Friday evening, Sept. 28–Sunday afternoon, Sept 30
This course will focus on forest practices, urban and suburban growth management, and estuary restoration in an urban and industrialized setting.
Friday evening: Presentation by Jeffrey Thomas, director of timber, fish, and wildlife for the Puyallup Tribe
Saturday: Mount Rainier walk at Sunrise, Mud Mountain Dam; “Forest Practices and Land Use Designation” presentation by Doug McClelland, Department of Natural Resources; “Transfer of Development Rights and Growth Management Act” presentation by Tim Trohimovich, Futurewise
Sunday: Commencement Bay boat tour with Citizens for a Healthy Bay; Presentations by Leslie Ann Rose, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and Marv Coleman, Department of Ecology; tour of Simpson Tacoma Kraft
The cost for each weekend course is $45 and both weekends are open to all members of the community and members of the Puget Sound campus. Space is limited. Please call to reserve your place.
To enroll or for more information contact:
Sound Policy Institute at University of Puget Sound
The Sound Policy Institute is one of several initiatives at University of Puget Sound that harness the resources and expertise of the university and work in partnership with community partners to improve the lives of the people of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The Sound Policy Institute builds the capacity of individuals and groups, both on campus and in the regional community, to actively and effectively engage in environmental decision-making.