ADVANCING CONSERVATION & STEWARDSHIP IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
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The Madrona Institute
PO Box 378
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Your Signature will help us create a new License Plate, the proceeds from which will help fund the Terrestrial Land Managers and Madrona Institute efforts in Conserving the natural resources of the San Juan Islands for years to come!
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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN HERE!!!
San Juan Islands Specialty Plate Design Initiative – FAQs
What is this all about?
This initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate funds on an annual basis for the conservation and stewardship of natural, agricultural, historic and cultural resources in the San Juan Islands.
Who is running this effort?
The Terrestrial Managers Group, a chartered organization representing all of the land management organizations, came up with the idea. Working with the Madrona Institute, the initiative will progress through 2017 to complete the steps needed for Sen. Kevin Ranker to introduce a license plate bill to the legislature in January 2018.
How does the plate generate money?
The San Juan Islands specialty license plate will be offered by the Washington Department of Licensing as an alternative to the state’s regular vehicle plate. It will be issued to those who ask for it and voluntarily pay an additional fee of $28 which is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution on both the original purchase and renewals. Two additional dollars are charged by the Department of Licensing for administering the program.
How much money will it generate?
Based on the monies generated by the first 3500 plates purchased, we will raise $100,000 annually. As more people purchase the plate, more money will be raised.
How will the funds be dispersed?
A grants program will be managed by the Madrona Institute to award monies to non-profit and tribal applicants who work to protect the special resources of the San Juan Islands. Activities may include conservation of natural and agricultural areas, preservation of historic structures, wildlife and special status plants protection, research, and education. See the details on the backside of this FAQ for the budget breakout.
Who designs the plate?
This is our Plate Contest and Campaign! While promoting awareness of the initiative, plate designs will be accepted from artists and photographers until June 1.
Through the summer mini-exhibit voting events for the plate art will occur on all the islands, featured alongside the signup sheet for individuals interested in purchasing the plate. 3,500 signatures are required for the initiative to be accepted by the legislature. At the end of September, the votes will be tallied and a community announcement will be made of the favorite. See the details on the backside of this FAQ to submit a plate design!
What does the winning artist receive?
In addition to having thousands of cars driving around with your artwork, the winning artist will also be treated to the purchase of a one-time San Juan Islands license plate with vanity plate detail. While you could chose to have your name emblazoned, we are holding the 001 plate number aside should the winning artist desire that privilege!
How will Plate Monies be allocated?
• 10% goes to license plate program administration, grants support, and marketing
• 25% goes to grants for two local youth conservation and stewardship programs -Youth Conservation Corps of the San Juan Islands and Coast Salish Stewardship Corps
• 65% goes to the conservation and stewardship grants applications program, dispersed to non-profits and tribal applicants.
How do I submit my Plate Design?
Deliver designs in person to: San Juan Islands Conservation District at 530 Guard St., or mail to:
Madrona Institute at PO Box 738, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Contact Ron Zee at Madrona Institute at 378-4008.
…is an independent 501(c)3 non-governmental organization based in the San Juan Islands of Washington.
At Madrona, we envision a community and a world in which human beings co-exist peacefully with each other and responsibly with nature.
Our mission is to encourage community dialogue and leadership on climate issues, and to engage current and future generations in the conservation and stewardship of our local ecosystem. This mission is accomplished through youth conservation corps in the San Juan Islands, and through lectures and initiatives on climate change.
Our vision is a positive, healthy, resilient San Juan Islands.
The Board of Directors of the Madrona Institute is responsible for the overall governance of the organization, providing special expertise in resource development that advances the organization’s work. Board members include Gretchen Allison, Director; Kathleen Foley, Secretary; Elaine M. Kendall, Treasurer; Linda Lyshall, Vice President; Nikyta Palmisani, Director; Brian Wiese, Director; and Ronald Zee, President.
Advisors to the Madrona Institute, responsible for program advice and counsel, include: Sam Barr, Samish Tribal Member/Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians; Craig A. Bill, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs; Lincoln Bormann, San Juan County Land Bank; Marcia deChadenedes, San Juan Islands National Monument; Elexis Fredy, San Juan Island National Historical Park; Jonathan Greenberg, Stanford University & Heenan Blaikie LLP; Thom Pence, U.S. Forest Service (ret.); Kevin Ranker, Washington State Senator; James D. Skoog, San Juan County Land Bank Commission; Nick Teague, Bureau of Land Management; Dona Wuthnow, San Juan County Parks & Recreation.
Staff of the Madrona Institute include:
Sam Barr, a tribal member of the Samish Indian Nation, serves as Co-Manager of the Coast Salish Youth Stewardship Corps. Sam was the Tribal Canoe Skipper for the Samish Indian Nation Canoe Family, and has been a GIS Analyst/Natural Resources Technician for the Samish Indian Nation Department of Natural Resources. Sam has a BA in Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington, and is also employed by the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe.
Erin Licata, a tribal community member of the Samish Indian Nation, serves as Co-Manager of the Coast Salish Youth Stewardship Corps. Erin was an Ecosystem Research Specialist with the Samish Indian Nation, and has been a Biological Science Technician for the US Forest Service. Erin has a BA in Environmental Science from Huxley College at Western Washington University, and is also employed at the San Juan Islands Conservation District.
Both Sam and Erin are participants in the annual Tribal Canoe Journey.
The Madrona Institute has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service and San Juan Island National Historical Park that provides for joint educational programs, seminars, workshops, and other programs of mutual interest. San Juan Island National Historical Park commemorates the peaceful resolution of an international dispute between Great Britain and the United States in 1859. The Madrona Institute is pleased to be a partner with our local national park that provides such outstanding educational and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Other partners include the San Juan Islands National Monument, Bureau of Land Management, San Juan County Land Bank, San Juan County Parks & Recreation, San Juan Preservation Trust, and Washington State Parks.
The Madrona Institute wishes to acknowledge the financial support of the following organizations: Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Park Service, Orcas Island Community Foundation, San Juan Island Community Foundation, San Juan Masonic Lodge No. 175, San Juan Preservation Trust, and United Way of San Juan County. Our program activities would not be possible without their assistance. We are most grateful as well for the financial support of individuals throughout the San Juan Islands.
Abbreviated Statement of Financial Position
For the year ended December 31, 2015
Total Assets $8,840.02
Liabilities & Equity
Equity-Fund Balance $8,437.06
Equity-Net Income $402.96
Total Liabilities & Equity $8,840.02
For the year ended December 31, 2015
Total Revenue $75,996.25
Climate & Youth Programs $70,356.85
Total Expenses: $75,593.29
Net Result $402.96
The Madrona Institute focuses on climate science education and climate resilience efforts at the local level. Educating the public on the latest research and analysis on changes to our climate is accomplished through an annual climate lecture series featuring climate scientists from around the state and the nation. Being prepared for and adapting easily to changes in climate is known as climate resilience, and local efforts in this arena are being addressed by a small group of dedicated islanders known as Islands Climate Resilience which is supported by the Madrona Institute.
Islands Climate Resilience (ICR) is a grassroots volunteer group on San Juan Island whose mission is to establish and facilitate a collaborative process to encourage preparedness for climate related impacts in the San Juan Islands. Their primary goal is to foster the development of a San Juan Islands Climate Resilient Community Plan. This summer, ICR held a local gathering on “Building a Climate Resilient San Juan Islands Community” at the San Juan Island Grange on July 20, 2015. As an outgrowth of that gathering, ICR held a community forum on “The Future of Water Resources in the San Juan Islands” at the Brickworks on November 16, 2015.
Dr. Roger Pulwarty
On August 25, 2016, Dr. Roger Pulwarty gave a lecture on ” Drought, Water, and Climate Resiliency” at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Dr. Pulwarty is the Senior Science Advisor for Climate, and the Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Boulder, Colorado. Throughout his career, Dr. Pulwarty has helped develop and lead widely-recognized programs dealing with climate science, adaptation, and services. He is a lead author on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Reports on Water Resources and on Extremes, and a convening lead author on the IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. He has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences, provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and acts as advisor on climate risk management and services to the Western Governors Association, the Caribbean Economic Community, the Organization of American States, the UN Development Program, the UN Environment Program, and the InterAmerican Bank and World Bank, among others. Dr. Pulwarty chairs the World Meteorological Organization Commission on Climatology Climate Services Information System.
Dr. Pulwarty’s lecture is available on the Madrona Institute’s YouTube Channel, click on the icon below:
Dr. Daniel Kammen
On October 23, 2015, Dr. Daniel Kammen gave alecture on “Decarbonizing Energy Systems: Addressing Climate Change Cooperatively” at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor after spending a busy week at The White House. Dr. Kammen is a Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California at Berkeley, and the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He is Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has served as a lead author on reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, and shared the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation, served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in 2010, and contributed to Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical.
Dr. Nicholas Bond
On September 10, 2015, Dr. Nicholas Bond gave a lecture on “Recent NE Pacific Warming or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob” at the San Juan Island Grange. Dr. Bond is the Washington State Climatologist and a Research Meteorologist at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. “The Blob” is a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America, and was first detected in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014 by Dr. Bond who coined the term “The Blob”. An article about “The Blob” appeared in the July 31, 2015 issue of The Seattle Times quoting Dr. Bond and noting the effects now evident in the Puget Sound.
Dr. Charles Greene
On June 11, 2015, Dr. Charles Greene gave a lecture on “Fossil Fuel Junkies, Bioenergy, and Algae” at the San Juan Island Grange. Dr. Greene is Director of the Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and a fellow at the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. Dr. Greene served as a science adviser to Years of Living Dangerously, the groundbreaking film series that won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary produced by Showtime.
Here’s what the Climate Lecture Series looked like, last year:
Climate Talks on YouTube
The 2014 Climate Action Imperative speaker series is now on the Madrona Institute’s YouTube Channel (thanks to Doug McCutchen!). To watch any of last summer’s presentations, click on the link below:
Journal of the San Juans Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:00AM
Climate change, at our front door– Editorial
The rains will come. Temperatures will drop. Skies will turn grey and in a couple of months from now someone, while trying to fight off the chill, will no doubt take a poke at climate change.
“Geeez… it’s cold, so much for climate change!”
A little humor never hurts.
But if you still think climate change is a joke, or that what’s happening across the globe (think coral reefs, snowpack and ocean acidification, to start) is simply some kind of cyclical twist in Mother Nature’s grand scheme or bag of tricks, then think again.
Better yet, track down the story about Washington state’s shellfish industry. There, you’ll discover how a multi-million dollar resource-dependent enterprise that employs 3,000-plus people statewide can be brought to its knees by “corrosive” sea water laden with carbon, how hard-working, thrifty, conservative-minded businessmen and businesswomen become believers, and how science, and private-public partnerships, can figure out a way to change, adapt and find solutions to complex, daunting problems before it’s too late.
Kudos to the coalition of local public agencies, civic groups and non-profits that sponsored the 2014 summer climate change lecture series, “Climate Action Imperative,” led in large part by the Madrona Institute, San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Stewardship Network.
The day of the Sept. 10 series finale began with an alarming presentation by Bill Dewey of the Taylor Shellfish Company, and ended with a panel discussion.
The take away?
Together we can find solutions, and inaction is not an option. Here, here.
Climate Action Imperative: Summer Speaker Series Finale Event
San Juan Islands Community Theatre
5:00 PM Northwest Straits Foundation Reception
San Juan Island Community Theater Foyer
7:00 PM Welcome/Introductions
Lee Taylor, Superintendent, San Juan Island National Historical Park, NPS
Stewardship Network of the San Juans 20th Anniversary Recognition
7:10 PM Keynote Address 1: “State Climate Initiatives”
Kevin Ranker, State Senator and Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup
7:25 PM Keynote Address 2: “Solutions That Make Sense”
Stephanie Solien, Vice President, Climate Solutions, and PSP Leadership Council Member
7:40 PM Presentations and Panel Discussion: “ Climate Action Perspectives” Lee Taylor, Moderator
Joel Baker, Puget Sound Institute
Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish Farms
Terrie Klinger, WA Ocean Acidification Center
Jan Newton, WA Ocean Acidification Center
Kevin Ranker, State Senator
Stephanie Solien, Climate Solutions
Billie Swalla, Friday Harbor Labs
8:45 PM Discussion Summary and Closing Comments
Linda Lyshall, District Manager, San Juan Islands Conservation District
9:00 PM Adjourn
San Juan County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the impacts of climate change through a dynamic speaker series scheduled June through September in venues in Friday Harbor, as well as on Orcas and Lopez Islands.
The Climate Action Imperative: Understanding Impacts & Making Choices will feature eight experts on the topic—from oceanographers to botanists, biologists to meteorologists. The series will provide a current look at climate change and what actions are warranted by individuals as well as by our state and nation, according to Ron Zee of the Madrona Institute, a co-sponsor of the series. Lee Taylor, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, another co-sponsor, emphasized the dramatic ecosystem changes National Parks are experiencing.
“The impacts of climate change on national parks are immediate and real–rising sea level, ocean acidification, and increased wildfire to name just a few,” Taylor said. “We need to increase our resilience to these changes here in the Islands and beyond.”
All talks are free and scheduled for 7 p.m. at different venues (see list below). Please call 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2228 for information. A concluding session on September 10 will feature State Senator Kevin Ranker, a leading legislative advocate for climate action, along with special guests.
Climate change has moved to the forefront of international, national, and state concern. In November 2013, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report stating that climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when demand for food is expected to soar.
This brought a strong pledge of action from President Barak Obama in his January State of the Union address. In the last eight years, the United States has reduced its share of total carbon pollution more than any other nation. The President noted, however, the effects of climate change will cause harm to western communities from drought and coastal communities from floods.
Meanwhile in Washington State, the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup in Olympia made their final recommendations to the Washington State Legislature, recognizing the dire urgency of our climate dilemma and calling for action.
In March 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the most comprehensive assessment yet of the effects of climate change on our planet. The report summary provides overwhelming evidence of the scale of these impacts.
In late April 2014, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order outlining a series of actions to cut carbon emissions in the state and advance development and use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. A taskforce has been formed to design and implement an emissions reduction program.
The Third National Climate Assessment, released by the White House last week, warns that the effects of climate change will become increasingly disruptive in the coming years. The President said regarding the Assessment, ” We’ve got to have the public understand this is an issue that is going to impact our kids and our grandkids, unless we do something about it.”
The series co-sponsors reflect the multiple fronts addressing climate change in the San Juan Islands: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Madrona Institute, San Juan Islands Conservation District, The League of Women Voters of the San Juans, San Juan Island Library, San Juan Nature Institute, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, Stewardship Network of the San Juan Islands, Washington State University Extension Service, San Juan Island Grange #966 and the Agricultural Resources Committee of the San Juan Islands.
After each talk, discussion will be encouraged to think global and act local – identifying choices relevant to our community.
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The Madrona Institute
PO Box 738
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was formed in March of 1933 as one of the first programs of The New Deal. This public works program was intended to promote conservation of our natural resources and to build good citizens through disciplined outdoor labor. Close to the heart of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC combined his interests in conservation and universal service for youth. The CCC is recognized as the single greatest conservation program in America and it served as a catalyst to develop the very tenets of modern conservation.
Accomplishments of the CCC were numerous: 3,470 fire towers erected, 97,000 miles of fire roads built, over three billion trees planted, erosion arrested on more than twenty million acres of land, plus amazing contributions in the development of recreational facilities in national, state, county, local, and metropolitan parks. Our local legacy is the stone observation tower built by the CCC in 1936 at the top of Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.
An excellent video on The Civilian Conservation Corps has been produced by PBS American Experience, and is available in local libraries.
Youth Conservation Corps of the San Juan Islands (YCCSJI)
The San Juan Islands are blessed to have three youth conservation corps operating on three islands – Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan. In 2017, the three youth corps have merged under the administration of the San Juan Islands Conservation District. The Madrona Institute will continue to provide financial support and program advice to the new Youth Conservation Corps of the San Juan Islands and looks forward to a long-term partnership.
YCCSJI San Juan Island Branch
The Madrona Institute operated the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) as a youth stewardship program in partnership with San Juan Island National Historical Park since 2012.
The Stewardship Network of the San Juans served as a partner in the establishment of the program. The SJICC has been firmly established after five successful summer youth crew programs. Students in grades 7-9 from Friday Harbor Middle School and Spring Street International School participate in summer work programs emphasizing field science/natural history, service learning, and leadership skills training especially related to becoming lifelong earth stewards.
So far, over 80 students have contributed over 3,500 hours to the community and its public lands in beneficial restoration projects such as beach cleanup, enhancing Island Marble Butterfly habitat, and improving trails to access coveted island sites.
Want to see what it’s like to serve on the crew? Check out this fun video here.
YCCSJI Orcas Island Branch
In 2013, The Madrona Institute successfully launched the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps (OIYCC), a youth stewardship program modeled after the San Juan Island Conservation Corps and the Lopez Island Conservation Corps.
The Stewardship Network of the San Juans served as a partner in the establishment of this youth stewardship program too. Students aged 12-17 participate in OIYCC on a variety of projects that emphasize service on public lands, team building, environmental education, and care for the natural environment. OIYCC intends to build a program that teaches participants the value of community service along with the development of job skills.
In its first year of operation, we enlisted 14 enthusiastic students who provided a total of 713 hours of community service. In 2014, OIYCC expanded to 20 students with even more community service hours. Work ranges from trail building, to invasive species removal, to helping create a rain garden roof on the Village Green band shell.
OIYCC project partners include Moran State Park, the Bureau of Land Management, the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Land Bank, Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the Washington Trails Association. Funding comes from project partners, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, and other local organizations and individuals.
YCCSJI Lopez Island Branch
Partnering with the San Juan Island Conservation Corps and the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps is the Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) that was established in 2007 as a separate organization providing youth opportunities to participate in environmental conservation activities on Lopez Island.
LICC harnesses the power and enthusiasm of youth while engaging in sustainable community partnerships to encourage healthy choices, appreciation for nature, personal development, environmental education, and exposure to natural resource protection and careers.
The LICC vision: We personify a healthy, productive working environment in which LICC youth, participants and Board members are acknowledged and our successes are celebrated. In furthering LICC’s mission, we provide leadership and support to our community to achieve long lasting stewardship of our special public lands.
Consisting of individuals from 14-18 years old, and with the involvement of the local rural community, the youth benefits from positive teamwork and a collective sense of ownership of the land. The LICC serves as a nexus for local organizations to work together toward providing youth with opportunities to effect real change. Bringing together senior centers, food stores, county parks department, and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as local volunteers and families, LICC is not just motivating youth. It is rallying an entire rural community into finding value in a new organization that protects their local environment. The LICC demonstrates that even small groups of highly dedicated volunteers can make a huge impact.
LICC was named the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Group for 2008 by Take Pride in America, a national partnership program aimed at increasing volunteer service on America’s public lands.
The LICC youth summer program will resume in June 2017 and projects will include trail maintenance and construction, noxious weed removal, and habitat enhancement.
Coast Salish Stewardship Corps
In 2017, the Madrona Institute plans to launch a new summer youth program, the Coast Salish Stewardship Corps, for youth from Coast Salish Tribes in our region. At present, partnerships are being sought with tribes and their representatives, as well as funding to support the program. More news coning soon…
Other Conservation Corps
The Madrona Institute depends on individual donors and foundations to further our important work. We are an independent 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-governmental organization. All contributions to the Madrona Institute are tax deductible as provided by law. Your financial support is deeply appreciated.
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The Madrona Institute
PO Box 738
Friday Harbor, WA 98250