Carson presenting at biochar workshops this spring
Saturday, 2/25/17, Eastsound
Saturday, 5/5/17, San Juan Island
Saturday, 6/24/17, Friday Harbor
A workshop series on using low-value wood from densely stocked forests in the San Juans to reduce fire risk, increase forest health, and provide landowner income.
Hosted by Northwest Natural Resource Group (NNRG).
For details & to sign up visit: http://nnrg.org/sanjuans/
Henry Island Meadow Restoration Project
We are excited to be back on Henry Island working on Year 2 of a 40-acre meadow restoration project. Carson uses the newest member of the Rain Shadow fleet to remove Douglas-fir trees which had encroached into the meadow. We have quite a lot of Douglas-fir trees in the San Juans, but a decreasing amount of open, grassland habitats.
West Beach Creek Restoration Project Begins
Placement of large woody debris in West Beach Creek starts the week of July 13th. Read more about the restoration project in the Islands' Sounder article.
RSC has been in business for 10 years!
Sam recently became a certified technical service provider (TSP) with the NRCS. This allows us to take part in cost share programs aimed at increasing forest health.
Sam gave a talk about pre-commercial thinning at the NNRG workshop on Orcas in October 2014.
Rain Shadow profile in local paper
In January, the Islands’ Sounder published a short article about Sam and Carson and their unique approach to managing island ecosystems. Check it out; PDF of article
Rain Shadow’s new equipment means we can do the same work faster and with a lighter footprint.
Rain Shadow Receives Good Steward Award
Rain Shadow Consulting has been selected as the 2012 Good Steward Award recipients for their work in woodlands throughout the San Juan Islands.
From the Stewardship Network of the San Juan’s press release:
Shaw and Waldron Islands
2012 Stewardship Award Winner – Woodland Category
Sam and Carson Sprenger, who split their time between caretaking for the University of Washington’s Cedar Rock Biological Preserve on Shaw Island and their home on Waldron Island, are the embodiment of good and careful stewardship of our uplands.
On the 1,000-acre Cedar Rock Biological Preserve, they have organized restoration efforts that include planting of native species, removal of invasive species and beach clean-ups. Sam and Carson have also been working on Waldron Island since 2006 to develop and manage the careful restoration of 40 acres of rare Garry oak habitat. The project involved selective tree removal, woody fuel reduction, pile burning, native grass planting and monitoring. Both Sam and Carson are widely regarded as experts in woodland management and restoration, and Carson has shared his boundless knowledge with students at the Shaw Island School. Sam and Carson share their home with their two children, Maeve and Otto.
Read the original press release here