Conservation Breakfast 2017 success

For the 9th year, Conservation Breakfast proved to be a great opportunity to gather with many of our partners and share in a celebration of our community’s collective strides to responsibly care for local lands. We were delighted to honor the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and its Natural Resources team with this year’s “Out Standing in the Field Award”.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s Natural Resources Director Doug Morrill gave an insightful presentation of the Tribe’s history and critical involvement in the recovery of the Elwha River.

Among the humbling turnout of nearly 200 guests, North Olympic Land Trust’s Executive Director Tom Sanford expressed his respect to the Tribe and its staff for their seemingly tireless dedication toward the health and sustainability of the North Olympic Peninsula.

“You’re an inspiration,” Sanford noted, as he presented Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles with the award.

Leading to the presentation of the Out Standing in the Field Award, however was an incredible breakfast, consisting of three variations of stratas generously prepared by Nourish. Thanks to the support of The Clallam Canning Company, Clark Farms, Nash’s Organic Produce and Kol Simcha Farm, the stratas were made with almost all local, donated ingredients. Additionally, both Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery and The Sweet Beginning Cafe provided an overwhelming array of baked goods.

To top off the delicious breakfast and truly humbling turnout, was the $15,000 raised for local land conservation! Thanks to our Conservation Breakfast sponsors, all donations at the event will directly benefit conservation. For new Land Trust supporters, we were able to stretch their gifts thanks to a recent grant from the First Federal Community Foundation.

A final thank you to our sponsors, including: Sound Community Bank, Merrill & Ring, Craft3, Suzi Schuenemann Real Estate Broker, Port Book and News, Olympic Lavender Company, Wind Rose Cellars, Koenig Subaru, Natural Systems Design, Ennis Arbor Farm, and Ina Jaffe & Lynne Tjomsland.

With nearly 200 guests, it was a full house at this year’s Conservation Breakfast.

A special thanks to our State Reps Kevin Van De Wege and Mike Chapman for attending Conservation Breakfast.