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The Power of Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who helped this past year in carrying on our mission of protecting and caring for Washington’s lands and waters. Whether you donated one hour or one hundred hours, your support makes a difference! 

In 2012, volunteers of all ages and abilities turned out to build fences, clean up beaches, assist with research projects, plant trees, answer phones, and much, much more. All totaled, Washington volunteers contributed approximately 5,000 hours in 2012. Thank you! 

Don’t miss our slideshow to see some highlights from the past year.

Meet our 2012 Volunteers of the Year 

Each year, one or two volunteers go above and beyond their regular responsibilities to make a significant contribution to The Nature Conservancy. 

Our 2012 Volunteers of the Year are …. drumroll please….Howie O’Brien and Alix Kosin!

Howie and Alix are a team, both as Nature Conservancy volunteers and as life partners. Since 2007 Howie and Alix have been stewards at Foulweather Bluff Preserve. The two quickly took on leadership roles and soon became lead stewards at the preserve.

Howie keeps an eagle eye on this special spot, installing signs, hauling away trash, and helping to train new volunteers. Alix is a whiz with Excel spreadsheets and has been invaluable in compiling volunteer hours and statistics throughout the year. Both serve on the preserve management committee, providing their valuable observations and advice. Lucky for us, the couple lives just walking distance from Foulweather Bluff. It’s reassuring to know that they’re around when we’re not.

Their skills are perfectly complementary and together they make a well-tuned, efficient machine—helping to manage activities at this busy Kitsap County preserve. So far the two have contributed more than 635 hours at a value of $13,563!

Congratulations, Howie and Alix, and many thanks for your continued leadership!

See how you can get involved as a volunteer. Who knows—you may even become our Volunteer of the Year for 2013! 

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