Become a member of NOSC today!
Your support has always been important to us, but during this past state budget cycle we realized that your commitment is crucial to our existence. The North Olympic Salmon Coalition’s state funding was on the legislative chopping block. Losing this funding would significantly reduce the amount of restoration, education and monitoring that NOSC could accomplish. Thanks to a surge of phone calls and letters from our community members, legislators learned the impact NOSC has on salmon stock recovery, local businesses, the economy and our community. You fought for us and it got us through this legislative session.
Your involvement shows potential grant funders, and those on Capitol Hill, that our community values our work and our impact on salmon populations. Unfortunately, the legislative threats to our state and federal funding have just begun. With the retirement of Norm Dicks, we face losing $95,000 a year starting in 2013. The future of NOSC depends on finding new sources to fund existing programs. Your membership and donations allow NOSC to provide educational and outreach components necessary to the success of our restoration projects.
Membership dues in 2011 helped us purchase trees to shade and cool our streams. This past year we planted 12,000 trees at our project sites, with the help from a record number of volunteers and school groups. With your financial support, we were able to transport the entire sixth grade from Chimacum to an educational planting event. This experience allowed students to truly comprehend the importance of restoration as they witnessed coho utilizing habitat that they were helping create.
Today we are asking for your membership and donations to help us achieve our goals for next year and diversify our funding base. Here are a few goals we are particularly excited about –
- More Student Involvement: Hundreds of students are eager to get their feet wet or plant trees. It costs $120 to transport a class to a planting event but we don’t have the funds for busses. We have a goal of working with 15 classes next year. Let’s make it happen!
- New Project Sites: This next year we want to fill in some “missing puzzle pieces” by restoring habitat on private property. A $1,000 donation helps get a new project off the ground. We have a goal of establishing 10 new sites.
- Continued Monitoring: the numbers of returning salmon each year allows us to evaluate the impact of our projects, identify areas in need of restoration, and report our successes to possible funders. Plus, for many volunteers fish surveys are a favorite. For 2012/2013 we need $3,00o for Chimacum Creek and $2,000 for estuary monitoring.
In becoming a North Olympic Salmon Coalition member you join a community of local residents who recognize the importance of salmon in healthy communities, ecosystems and thriving economies. We hope you will consider supporting salmon and NOSC by volunteering or making a tax-deductible donation.
In this time of political challenges, we cannot assume federal funding will last much longer. This is where you come in. Your donation could give a student their first experience with a salmon in the wild while protecting something that is important to us all.
We hope you will sign up or renew your NOSC membership today. Please visit our website www.nosc.org or call us (360) 379-8051 if you would like more information.
Thank you for your continued support!
Rebecca Benjamin, Executive Director
North Olympic Salmon Coalition
P.S. Mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting and Salmon Dinner! Join us for the celebration on Friday, August 10th at 5 pm at the Guy Cole Convention Center in Sequim. RSVP by Friday, July 27th to nerreca[at]nosc.org or 379-8051.