Thurston County’s Hidden Sector

This local nonprofit is concerned with forever

Capitol Land Trust is having a party to tell you about it on July 27


Editor's Note: With this piece, we welcome Zach Davis-Price who will resume our regular coverage of local nonprofit organizations. 

Ahhh… summertime is here. Well, not at this exact moment because it’s raining, but I am assured by The JOLT’s weather widget that it will be in the 80s by the weekend. As the weather warms it is time to go outdoors, get that Vitamin D, and do some good in the world. Capital Land Trust can help you hit that trifecta.

If you aren’t familiar yet with Capital Land Trust, I will catch you up really quick. Capitol Land Trust is renowned for its strategic conservation efforts across south Puget Sound watersheds and the Chehalis Basin. It focuses on protecting crucial natural habitats, including estuaries, wetlands, and riparian areas.

Mary Birchem,  community engagement manager for Capital Land Trust described the organization’s work this way: “We envision a future for our region in which nature and community thrive because Capital Land Trust and our partners have invested in conservation of and education about our natural places and resources. The 6,600 acres of land we’ve conserved ensure our quickly growing region has clean water, clean air, open space, and healthy wildlife habitat. The land conservation work we do is in perpetuity – forever.”

Mary also told me about their project to restore wetland habitat for the state-endangered Oregon spotted frog near Littlerock. In connection to the project, Capital Land Trust has created a series of wetland ponds and planted 40,000 native plants. The hope is to see this ecosystem come back to life. They have already seen promising signs with new frog eggs being laid in the project area.

Whether you are an official or unofficial supporter of Capital Land Trust, consider clearing your calendar for Saturday, July 27, Capitol Land Trust’s Summer Social, celebrating a century of land conservation achievements. Yup, 100 years. They started before television, ___ and the Rubik’s Cube. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Albee’s gardens while enjoying a selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages, including wine and beer. The event is designed for both longtime supporters and newcomers. If you’ve never been, don’t worry; you won’t be the only new kid in class. The whole evening is aimed at fostering connections among attendees, offering them a chance to mingle with board members, staff, and fellow conservation advocates.

The highlight of the event will be a special address by Executive Director Dave Winter, who will share recent conservation successes and outline future plans. In addition to celebrating achievements, the event will also serve as a platform to raise funds crucial for Capitol Land Trust's ongoing conservation efforts. All donations received will directly support the trust’s mission to conserve, care for, and share the diverse landscapes cherished by the community.

A few details before you sign up. You have to be 21. Leave your pets at home for this one. As much as we all love your parrot, the vibe of the event is not “pirate adventure”.  The venue does offer ADA-compliant facilities including accessible bathrooms. Be sure to dress for the summer and wear your sunscreen. There is a little shade but not a ton. Parking is super limited, so pile in the minivan with all your friends before you head over.

Click here to get all signed up.  Maybe I’ll see you there! 

Zach Davis-Price is a man of many interests, especially the workings and activities of local nonprofit organizations and volunteer programs.  He lives in Tumwater. 


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