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acres of pasture. Over time, the
lower section silted in, causing the
flow to disappear into the grass.
After a rainstorm in 2011, the News
discovered a run of stranded coho
that were easy pickings for eagles
and ravens.
After their meeting with the
Washington DNR, the News decided
they wanted to restore the stream. But
a project of that scale was expensive
and required a lot of people, time and
expertise, putting it out of reach for
most landowners, including the News.
If they wanted to take on such an
effort, they'd need help.
The News reached out to the
Snohomish Conservation District
(SCD). When at first they did not get
a response, they persisted, following
up for almost two years before they
formally began working together.
"Private property owners have a
great opportunity to help wildlife and
the watershed," says Kristin Marshall,
senior habitat restoration specialist
at the SCD. "People hear about
the big salmon restoration projects,
particularly in western Washington.
Those have to happen, but what
you don't hear about as much is the
private property owner or the farmer
who has a stream or river. They're
setting back their crops or leaving
buffers in place to protect the water
so we have clean water and thriving
wildlife populations. All of those
things are critical to keeping those
trees on the landscape and the
habitat intact."
The SCD helped the News
apply for a Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program (CREP)
easement along their stream. The
CREP easement protects the area
from development and harvesting,
in return giving the News an annual
rental fee that can help cover forest
management costs.
David leveraged his engineering
skills to design a channel through
the field. Meanwhile, the SCD found


cost-sharing grants and got
them through the permitting and
planning process. In August 2016,
the SCD and a volunteer crew
built the new fish-friendly channel.
Then the News planted 3,000
trees along the 30 acres of stream
bank. They had plenty of help from
the SCD, Washington Conservation
Corps crews, community
volunteers and school groups.
"We are truly grateful for the
continuing assistance of the SCD
as part of our forest management,"
David says. "We couldn't have
accomplished this work as quickly
as they did, nor could we have
afforded it without their efforts to
find grants."
The News make habitat
restoration and conservation seem
easy, but this work is a huge feat
for the average landowner. David
and Dar have a lot of help, and they
actively give back to the forestry
community. They share their
restoration story at ATFS meetings
and in forestry publications. They
host field tours, planting events
with school groups, and weederadication workshops. In 2018,
a few weeks ahead of the state
primary elections, the News invited
candidates and elected officials to
an open house showcasing small
landowner forestry and the need

to fund the agencies and cost-share
programs that helped them succeed.
As they walk the narrow trail back
from Pilchuck Creek, Dar leans down
to pluck a fresh shoot of Stinky
Bob, one of Washington's invasive
weeds. She points out where they've
planted native trees and shrubs that
will crowd out dense fields of reed
canarygrass. They diligently remove
other invasives like English holly and
ivy, Himalayan blackberries and
Scotch broom.
In just nine years, David and
Dar have learned volumes about
forest management and habitat
restoration. The Nourse Tree Farm
has become a family and community
gathering place. Dar, a former
teacher, encourages the kids to
learn by doing, and they jump in with
gusto. The News host cider presses,
pumpkin parties and farm tours.
A local church group processes
firewood for needy families.
Looking ahead to help their heirs
avoid succession issues, the News
set up a LLC for the Nourse Tree. "I
hope this land can stay in its natural
state," Dar says. "I feel really lucky
that we have this great place to
teach our grandchildren about all
the different wonderful things in the
natural world. I think we owe it to this
community, to this whole area, to
keep this land open and wild."
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Woodland - Winter 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2019

2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
Giving Back for the Forests of Tomorrow
Policies And Partnerships Go Hand In Hand For Strong Forests
Woodland - Winter 2019 - Intro
Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover2
Woodland - Winter 2019 - 3
Woodland - Winter 2019 - OVERSTORY
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - FORESTS AND FAMILIES
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - FOREST INTERACTIONS Seedlings
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - Giving Back for the Forests of Tomorrow
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - Policies And Partnerships Go Hand In Hand For Strong Forests
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - TOOLS AND RESOURCES
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover3
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