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17 Jun 2018

Many Hands Make For Light Work - Tavon Work Party

by Adam Mihlstin

BBRC Crew Supporting Tavon Center

Great fellowship, great weather and a little backbreaking work made a small dent in the daily upkeep of Tavon Learning Center’s beautiful 6 acre campus on the Issaquah Plateau. Tavon Learning Center is a recent grant recipient that received funds for the upkeep of their greenhouse operation.

Tavon provides active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community skills for living better. For people with disabilities, having an equal opportunity to participate in post-high school learning and make community connections can change everything!

Howard Johnson getting his hands dirty at Tavon Center

Tavon’s Garden Market Stand is back for Summer! Tavon provides fresh produce and herbs picked straight from their gardens, local honey, homemade baked treats, and blossoming flower arrangements, all in one stop.

You can find Tavon at Gilman Village, outside of Mudhouse Pottery, every Thursday from 11:30 – 3:30 PM until mid-September. All proceeds go directly to our programs and benefit our members.

21 Oct 2017

Planting Trees at Bellevue Airfield Park

by Kaj Pedersen

Adam Mihlstin after planting his first tree at Airfield Park

The damp weather did not stop three of our members from showing up this Saturday to plant trees at the Bellevue Airfield Park.  We worked with the Bellevue Park and Recreation Service to help reforest a section at the park entrance.  Adam Mihlstin, Jason Cherney and Kaj Pedersen shook off the concern for rain and lent their support to the effort.  The good news is that the rain stayed away to allow us to get a good couple of hours of digging and planting done.

Jason Cherney getting stuck in with the spade

Many of you know that Ian Riseley, our Rotary International President, has put out a call to action for each Rotarian to plant a tree during his term.  The good news is that with 94 trees planted this morning, our small team has planted one tree for every BBRC club member.  We are thrilled that we can represent the club’s commitment to this call to action has now been achieved.  We have made a contribution to our community and the global community with our tree planting this morning.

 

Bellevue Park and Recreation team working with BBRC to plant trees

The BBRC team at the end of their efforts in planting 94 trees for Bellevue and Rotary

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Mercer Slough Nature Park

The BBRC Preserve Planet Earth has adopted the Mercer Sough Nature Park for its vehicle for making lasting change in our local community.  7+ miles trails, visitors center, environmental education center, picnic areas, waterfront, canoe launch, blueberry farm, and restrooms. Just minutes from downtown, the Mercer Slough Nature Park is the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands and is one of Bellevue’s largest parks. Explore over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems on 7+ miles of trails including a unique canoe trail. The blueberry farm sells fresh seasonal produce. The beautifully restored historic Winters House is Bellevue’s only public building on the National Historic Register. It serves as the home of the Eastside Heritage Center, offers historic tours, and is available for meeting and event rentals. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a partnership with the Pacific Science Center focusing on freshwater wetland ecology, provides a park visitor center (open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and offers programs for adults, youth and families.

Projects will include renovation of trails and habitat in the Mercer Slough.  Specific items may include trail renovation, installing post and rail fencing, stream bank stabilization and native planting. Depending on how many people show up we have some flexibility on how much we do.

  • Bellefields Creek Restoration – install stepping stones, post and rail fencing, interpretive signs and native plantings to harden access and restrict and restore areas of excessive erosion where we don’t want to promote future access.
  • Bellefields Trail Widening – install trail retainage and drain tile to create bump out to provide better access for environmental programs
  • Cedar Tree Access – install post and rail, signage and native plantings to reduce erosion
  • MSEEC Trail Slope Repair – install post and rail fence, signage and native plantings to restrict access and restore slopes to reduce erosion
  • MSEEC Planting – install additional plant material throughout the MSEEC landscaping
  • Polliwog Preschool Outdoor Lab –  create outdoor lab by installing trail, native plantings, and post and rail fencing.
  • 118th Restoration Planting – clearing exotic vegetation and planning areas associated with a previous restoration along the 118th Ave periphery trail

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Preserve Planet Earth Work Parties embody:

  • Passion
  • Teamwork
  • Future
  • Commitment
  • Joy
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Leadership
  • Vision

 

A message from ALEX RULE (COMMITTEE CHAIR)

Alex Rule

Alex Rule

Fifteen years ago my mom encouraged me to pursue my passion for the environment through the Preserve Planet Earth Committee of the BRRC. For the next 5 years, the BBRC was involved in over10 projects and through those projects we fostered fellowship and we gave countless kids an opportunity to plug into what it means to connect with the earth. For the last 8-9 years, I’ve been focused on raising two boys but in honor of my mom, who passed away last April @ 92 of my mom, and in hopes of passing on her passionate environmental legacy to our children, it’s time for me to reengage with Rotary through PPE…but I need help.

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Bellevue Parks Works Party

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Bellevue Parks Stewardship – Lets join in fellowship with Roatarians and other members of the community and get our hands dirty planting shrubs at the Bellevue Airfield park.

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The BBRC Goes Barking Mad

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Restoring Pathways at the Larsen Blueberry Farm Who do you call when you need a trail resurfaced….FAST!  Ten members of the BBRC sprung (sprang?) into action last Saturday when we learned that the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm was in need!!…

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Forest Management at Mercer Slough

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The Preserve Planet Earth committee is pleased to announce its first work party of the season. The Huskies are away at Oregon State, the weather will be glorious (per Dick Brown) and a little physical labor is good for everyone.…

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