Update on 2020 habitat restoration events

Update on 2020 habitat restoration events

Conservation Northwest / Jun 24, 2020 / Habitat Restoration

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all volunteer events are canceled until further notice.

Every year, we look forward to the summer season when we get to connect with our community through habitat restoration work parties and public events. Unfortunately, due to concerns regarding COVID-19 and our responsibility to minimize the risk of spreading the virus, all in-person volunteer events are canceled until further notice.

Volunteers put native plants in the ground to provide food sources for wildlife using nearby I-90 wildlife crossings. Photo: Keiko Betcher

While there is a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission in the outdoors, we believe it is safest to hold off on habitat restoration work parties until conditions allow us to share tools, snacks, and conversation together once again. This cancellation does not apply to our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, which is currently at full capacity and operating under social distancing requirements. Additionally, since the prohibition of large gatherings has canceled many of the public events we’ve either participated in or hosted in the past, there will be no outreach volunteering for the time being.

We are saddened by this momentary pause on our volunteer events, and know that many people were looking forward to getting out in the field with us to help plant native vegetation near I-90 wildlife crossings, restore habitat in the Sagelands and Central Cascades, or gathering together to learn about our wildlands and wildlife over a cool beverage. But the better we can do our part in social distancing, the sooner we can enjoy these times with one another again.

In the meantime, we’re planning virtual events and engagement opportunities including webinars about our work, online film screenings and discussions, and more! Check out our next event on 6/25 focused on restoring Northwest national forests, and stay tuned for updates on more events in the coming months.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping the Northwest wild. We can’t wait until we can safely celebrate our love for our incredible wildlands and wildlife together in the future.

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Volunteers working to restore habitat near I-90 Wildlife Crossings. Photo: Alaina Kowitz