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Mountaineers Foundation owns and manages the Rhododendron Preserve, a 440-acre old growth forest off Seabeck Highway in Kitsap County. We offer conservation education opportunities about the forest and the healthy salmon runs at the preserve. We also run a community grant program to fund other likeminded organizations. Our mission is to promote actions and foster understanding to inspire conservation from the Rhododendron Preserve to the Salish Sea region.
1) Mountaineers Foundation has contracted an environmental consulting firm to develop a restoration plan for an area in the Preserve called Hidden Valley. The Hidden Valley is where Lost Creek meets Wildcat Creek. This confluence forms the headwaters of Chico Creek; it is an important area for salmon habitat. Our investment into this restoration plan will ensure an efficient restoration project will be implemented. This initial investment may also help our project qualify for additional grant funding. 2) Mountaineers Foundation hosted 2 Earth Day events for South Kitsap High School. Students were invited to the Rhododendron Preserve to learn from EPA scientists. Then the students became citizen scientists by collecting data in the Preserve for a BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a fun way to document different species of plants and animals in the Preserve. The NJROTC also did a service project at the Preserve where they removed invasive plants. The Mountaineers Foundation paid transportation costs as well as donated time and supplies for these events.
Kitsap Great Give funding will support restoration of salmon streams at the Rhododendron Preserve. The funding will also help expand outdoor learning programs to reach more schools and community groups. Our programs teach about land preservation and environmental conservation through interpretive experiences at the Rhododendron Preserve. The key to our success is maintaining the Rhododendron Preserve to use as an example of a healthy ecosystems for others to learn from.
PO BOX 5749
Bremerton, WA 98312