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Snohomish Conservation District helps us Improve Habitat

Summer-Camp-2013---photocredit-Peggy-Kroeger---124Warm Beach Camp is pleased to receive a USDA Grant with their CREP program for hedgerow plantings along the ditches and stream running through the pastureland. Work has already begun to clear invasive, non-native Himalayan Blackberries and prepare for plants such as dogwood and ninebark. The new plants will grow to shade the waterways reducing water temperature and improving oxygenation. “Our goal is to maintain or even improve water quality as it flows through our property to the Puget Sound,” says Patrick Patterson, Warm Beach Camp General Manager.

This project is coordinated by the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) who assisted Warm Beach Camp in obtaining the grant funds. “SCD has been an amazing partner in resource management and conservation for many years,” says Patterson. “The CREP program that SCD helped us access, will help us meet the goal of improving water quality as it makes its way through our pastureland to the Flood Control District’s collection pond, where it is then pumped into Port Susan Bay.”

SCD also consults with Warm Beach Camp on their Farm Plan and habitat improvement projects elsewhere on the property. Over the years, SCD has assisted Warm Beach Camp with fencing set-backs, drainage improvements, mud control, manure control systems, and more. This year, hundreds of native plants were recently purchased at SCD’s native plant sale for projects near the horsemanship facility. This new planted area will create a songbird habitat and visual screening for neighbors along 81st Avenue. The Snohomish Conservation District is an invaluable partner in natural resource management.

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Beautiful Music

On any given Thursday afternoon during the summer, if you drive into Camp towards the big tent you can hear the music and elation flowing from Special Friends campers, volunteers, and staff. The band is playing, drums are hit, tambourines and maracas are shaken, air guitars are strummed, and campers and staff alike are dancing and singing with joy. The moment the music begins to play, the dynamic changes, everyone seems to understand the common language of music, and the ...

The Gardener, the Vine, and the Branch

Photo by www.zanda. photography on Unsplash He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. John 15:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.15.2.NLT  Jesus tells us that, in vineyard terms, that He is the vine, our lives are the branches coming off of the vine, and God the Father is the gardener taking care of keeping the vine and the branches healthy and producing. When it comes ...

Planning and Purpose

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash You can make many plans, but the Lord ’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.21.NLT  Planning is an important part of life. It encourages engagement with others, reflection on what is, what needs to be, and how to get there. By nature, planning is a process and continuous. Our planning is different than God’s purpose. Planning describes how we envision getting from point A to point B in our lives. God’s purpose is ...