On March 22nd, nearly 400 community members came together in celebration of the Olympic Peninsula’s invaluable farms, fish and forests at the 11th Annual Conservation Breakfast.
The collective impact of individuals was highlighted with more than $27,000 raised for local conservation! Thanks to the event’s sponsors, an incredible group of dedicated volunteers, and generous donations from local businesses, all proceeds directly benefit efforts underway to conserve open spaces, local food and resources, watersheds and recreational opportunities across Clallam County.
Currently, the Land Trust is working on projects that would conserve recreational opportunities along the Clallam River, forestland near Lake Crescent, and unparalleled salmon habitat along the Elwha River and Morse Creek. Work has also begun on a farmland project in Dungeness that could test new method of conservation and accelerate the pace of farmland conservation.
Aside from the amazing show of support for local conservation, Seattle Times’s Environment Reporter Lynda Mapes gave an inspiring talk on the importance of conservation on the Olympic Peninsula, which still has intact shorelines vital to ecosystem health. The recovery of Puget Sound’s resident orca population is directly connected to shoreline and watershed conservation, as these habitats support the salmon that the orca need to survive.
Thanks to the recommendations and partnership of Clallam County Solid Waste and Recycling/WSU Clallam County Extension’s Waste Prevention Program Conservation Breakfast was almost zero waste! Event Collections:
- Recycling: 5 lbs
- Food Scraps & Compostable Food Ware: 97.5 lbs
- Garbage: 2 lbs
- Recovered Food: 94 lbs
Showcasing the work of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, we were honored to premiere the film 3 Crabs, 5 Salmon, 30 Partners by John Gussman at Conservation Breakfast.