NWETC Training: ArcGIS Interface for Fuel Treatment Planning & Wildfire Risk Assessment

The Northwest Environmental Training Center, an EOS Alliance program, is offering this 3 day course to provide applied GIS training to wildfire planning and management. This course will focus on software training using ArcFuels. ArcFuels is a suite of custom ArcGIS tools developed to streamline fire behavior modeling and spatial analyses for fuel treatment planning. Attendees will preview the entire ArcFuels toolset, and students will learn how to use ArcFuels tools to prepare data for loading into other wildfire behavior models (E.g. FlamMap, FARSITE). By the end of the training, you will learn how to link ArcFuels to FlamMap and then we will use FlamMap to model a few landscape scale fire behavior scenarios.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Fully integrate the custom ArcGIS toolset ArcFuels into their wildfire planning and management Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Prepare data in ArcFuels to be used in FlamMap.
  • Begin using FlamMap for landscape scale wildfire behavior modeling.
  • Possess a more streamlined approach for wildfire risk planning, fuel treatment planning, and spatial analysis of wildfire in the ArcGIS environment.

Here’s an overview of ArcFuels: Arc Fuels is a library of ArcGIS macros developed to streamline fire behavior modeling and spatial analysis for fuel treatment planning. The macros link: 1)key wildfire behavior models; 2)fuels and vegetation data (e.g. landfire, FVS databses); 3) MS Offices; and 4) ArcGIS (WWETAC 2009). Arc Fuels is designed with linkages to FlameMap to allow for simulation of landscape-scale fire behavior and evaluation of fuel treatment scenarios.

Specific Functions Include:

  • An interactive linkage between digital imagery, vegetation data, FVS-FFE, and SVS, providing a map-based tool for designing, simulating, and visualizing stand fuel treatments
  • Rapid scale-up of stand-specific treatments to simulate landscape packages of treatment alternatives,
  • Data linkages between FVS outputs and FlamMap to allow for simulation of landscape-scale fire behavior and evaluation of fuel treatment scenarios,
  • Full GIS functionality provided within ArcMap for data manipulation, ancillary analyses, mapping, and other GIS functionality (WWETAC 2009).

The course is being offered at The Evergreen State College, in the Library Building – Computer Center, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.


Creating A Great Central Waterfront – Give City Your Ideas

What makes Seattle’s waterfront unique? What tools will Seattle need to create a great central waterfront? How will we keep it active and inviting for generations to come? How can public and private partners set the stage for future success? The viaduct replacement project provides a unique opportunity for the community to reclaim its spectacular central waterfront, with great public spaces and better connections to the city as a whole.

The City of Seattle is holding four community meetings (one in West Seattle, see below) for the public to learn about the exciting work of creating a great central waterfront. The Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee and the Department of Planning and Development will host the meetings to provide information on the work of the committee, which was established by the mayor and council to develop recommendations for creating safe, attractive and inviting new public spaces on the central waterfront.

The committee is in the midst of a several month process, established by Ord.123142, to make recommendations on how to best fund, manage and program a revitalized central waterfront that remains accessible and inviting to all for decades to come.

The West Seattle area meeting will be at High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW, on March 13 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  For more information check out the city website http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/central_waterfront/Overview/

Invitation to Join EOS Alliance Team

EOS Alliance is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Program Advisory Council, and Strategic Priority Committee to increase the strength and diversity of the organization.

EOS Alliance is seeking individuals with a deep passion for ecological sustainability and enough time to commit to the duties required. Previous experience is not necessary. Orientation and elections take place each spring. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. Learn more about the opportunities and let us know your interests by clicking here.
  2. Download and complete the Board/Volunteer Candidate Matrix then email it to emcwayne@eosalliance.org.
  3. Email a copy of your resume or CV to emcwayne@eosalliance.org.

Once we have reviewed all of your information, we will contact you regarding your interests and answer any questions you may have. Pre-screened candidates will be invited to attend an orientation meeting in March.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (206)762-2553 or emcwayne@eosalliance.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

EOS Alliance is located in Georgetown at 650 S. Orcas Street, Suite 220.  Their website is http://www.eosalliance.org.


Spring Fruit & Grafting Show

The Seattle Tree Fruit Society is pleased to present the 2010 Spring Fruit and Grafting Show at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 501 Northeast 41st Street (Mary Gates Drive), just north of Husky Stadium and east of University Village.

In the Glass House will be:

  • Scion Cuttings
  • Rootstock – Sam Benowitz of Raintree Nursery will be bringing rootstock this year – B-9, EMLA 26, EMLA 7, EMLA 27, MM-111, OHxF333, Pear Krymsk 5, Cherry Mariana 2624
  • Grafting – Have your own trees grafted up on your chosen rootstock by our grafting specialists.
  • Vagn’s Tool Sharpening -($1 per item donation)
  • Supplies – For grafting and fruit growing will be available.

In the Main Hall will be:

  • Insect Information – Marilyn & Dick Tilbury
  • WWFRF – Western WA Fruit Research Foundation
  • Pacific NW fruit research information
  • STFS – Seattle Tree Fruit Society
  • Fruit- Related Literature
  • Maggot Barrier Sales –
  • Questions & answers from Linda Sartnurak
  • WCFS – Western Cascade Fruit Society
  • Fruit Clubs from around the Sound
  • Seattle Tilth – Hotline Experts – Q & A
  • City Fruit
  • Speakers’ Table – Lecture topics can continue with the experts.
  1. 10:00 – 10:30 Bill Davis ‘Grafting’, and Trent Elwing ‘Mason Bees’
  2. 10:45 – 11:15 Jackie KIng ‘Best Tree Fruit Varieties’, and Larry Davis ‘Cooking with Larry Davis’
  3. 11:30 – 12:00 Bob Norton ‘Summer Pruning’, and  Jackie King ‘Ornamental Tree Fruit Varieties’- Crab Apple & Cherry tested at Mt. Vernon
  4. 12:15 – 12:45 Hildegard Hendrickson ’Kiwi’, and Kristan Johnson ‘Drip Irrigation’
  5. 1:00 – 1:30 Hildegard Hendrickson ‘Figs’, and Sam Benowitz ‘Rootstocks’
  6. 1:45 – 2:15 Larry Davis ‘Fruit Tree Diseases’, and Mike Shannon ‘Grafting’
  7. 2:30 – 3:00 Bob Norton ‘Cider Making’, and Laila Suidan ‘Orchard Soils’

For more information go to the Seattle Tree Fruit Society website seattletreefruitsociety.com


Seattle Launches “Year of Urban Agriculture” Campaign

City of Seattle launches “Year of Urban Agriculture” campaign

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilmembers on Wednesday, February 3,  announced the “Year of Urban Agriculture” campaign to promote urban agriculture efforts and increase community access to locally grown food.

In April, 2008, Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31019, the Local Food Action Initiative, outlining a series of actions developed to promote local and regional food sustainability and security. The goals of the Local Food Action Initiative include improving the local food system through advancing the City of Seattle’s interrelated goals of race and social justice, environmental sustainability, economic development, and emergency preparedness.

“We are committed to making changes that are better for people and better for the environment. This means making it easier to garden and grow food, to ensure that good food is available in all neighborhoods, and to find innovative ways to encourage local and regional food production,” said Mayor McGinn.

The City of Seattle recognizes that supporting urban agriculture is an important component of improving public health and building community relationships. The City’s P-Patch Program in the Department of Neighborhoods, “Healthy Parks, Healthy You” initiative in the Parks Department, and guidelines from the Seattle Department of Transportation for the use of planting strips for gardens contribute to creating more opportunities to learn about and grow food.

“One in eight people nationally are using food banks,” stated Council President Richard Conlin. “There is tremendous interest and opportunity in Seattle for growing food which can improve access to healthy food. We want to encourage our residents to get their hands in the soil and connect to others who are interested in urban agriculture.”

In support of the Urban Agriculture campaign, the City today launched in interactive web portal including a calendar highlighting local events related to urban agriculture and activities, information and resources available, and links to many organizations working toward improving the local food system. For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/urbanagriculture/

Paul Haas, resource development director of Solid Ground added, “What this campaign means is new community farms providing fruits and vegetables for people who otherwise have little access to good food.”

In 2010, the City along with community partners will be advancing a number of initiatives related to urban agriculture including opening a new urban food bank farm, developing additional community gardens through the Parks Levy, and considering new land use codes that support urban agriculture.

Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Council’s website at http://www.seattle.gov/council/. Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are also available on http://www.seattle.gov/council/. Follow the Council on Twitter and on Facebook at Seattle City Council.

Permaculture Potluck and Dance

SCALLOPS, the Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound, is hosting a Permaculture Potluck and Dance at Om Culture (just north of Gas Works Park in Fremont) on February 20 from 3:00 pm through 11:00 pm.  This is a chance for SCALLOPS groups, sustainable businesses, permaculture participants and seed swappers to eat, dance and party!

This is your chance to:

  • Showcase your project
  • Learn about current projects in and around Seattle
  • Connect with potential collaborators
  • Have lots of fun networking
  • Swap seeds
  • Eat a delicious (local, organic) potluck dinner
  • Dance the night away

Schedule for the day:

  • 3 – 6 pm: Set up your project tables and start networking and seed swapping
  • 6 – 7:30 pm: Potluck Dinner (bring your own plates, cups, utensils)
  • 7:30 – 11 pm: Dance

There is an $8 to $15 suggested donation at the door, kids free. This is a family-friendly event, and you are welcome to bring guests.  Want to volunteer to help set up/clean up/get the word out? Send an email to jennypell@gmail.com.


King County Bareroot Plant Sale – Pre-orders Being Taken

King Conservation District 19th Annual Bareroot Plant Sale

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – The King Conservation District is now taking pre-orders for their 2010 Bareroot Plant Sale. This is a once a year opportunity to get your hands on some inexpensive native plant material and help support the King CD. Quantities are limited so order early. This year’s sale has more quantity and more variety especially in the ground covers which were a really hot sell out last year.  Check out the flyer at http://www.kingcd.org/pro_native.htm

King Conservation District 19th Annual Bareroot Plant Sale pre-order pick-up and walk-up sale times:

  • Friday March 5th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday March 6th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

They are accepting pre-orders now through January 31st 2010 and can also now take credit cards!

The website www.kingcd.org also has all the plant sale information and downloadable order form.

If you have any questions contact Jacobus Saperstein, Project Specialist, King Conservation District I, 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130 I Renton, WA 98057, or by phone at 425-282-1912 or 206-890-8212 (cell).

2010 Grant Funding Opportunities for Non-Profits & Community Organizations

Funding Opportunities

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – These funding opportunities were listed in the most recent American Community Gardens Association newsletter.  Some are specific to environmental or gardening related projects. Others are more flexible opportunities for working with community.


  • Ambassadors of Caring Awards from Profiles in Caring

Who May Apply: Small community-based nonprofit organizations.  Amount: $10,000 (appear on TV).  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Profiles in Caring 1959 South 4130 West, Unit I, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104; (801) 972-9472 contact@profilesincaring.org;www.profilesincaring.com/ambassadors.asp

  • Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Who May Apply: Funding to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers.  Amount: $5,000 to $25,000 grants.  Deadline: One grant can be submitted per year with no deadline.  Contact: Visit Lowe’s stores for an application or visit http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=frameSet&url=apps.bridgetree.com/funding/default.asp

  • Youth Garden Grants Program/ National Gardening Association and Home Depot

Who May Apply: Schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.  Amount: $500 to $1,000.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Contact: http://www.kidsgardening.com/ygg.asp.

  • America the Beautiful Fund

Who May Apply: Community Groups.  Amount: 100 to 1,000 Free Seed Packets.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Contact: http://www.america-the-beautiful.org/free_seeds/free_seeds_flyer_08.pdf

  • Environmental Education and Seed Money Benefit Communities where they operate

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Not given.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: IPC 400 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Conn. 06921; (203) 541-8678; fax (203) 541-8309http://www.internationalpaper.com/Our%20Company/IP%20Giving/A_IP%20Foundation/Application_Guidelines.html

  • Donations of products

Who may apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Computers, software, office supplies, clothing and personal care products.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: GIKI, 333 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703)836-2121; fx (703)549-1481; feedback@giftsinkind.orgwww.giftsinkind.org

  • Improve quality of life children/families

Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations.  Amount: not given.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Knight Foundation Wachovia Financial Center, Suite 3300, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Fla. 33131; (305) 908-2600 www.knightfdn.org

  • Grass-roots organizations; Hunger relief

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Up to $50,000.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Janet Ausdenmoore, KCF 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; (513) 762-4999, ext. 3; fax (513) 762-1295.  www.kroger.com/corpnewsinfo_charitablegiving_art3.htm

  • Strengthen non-profit environmental organizations in areas of fund raising, organizational development and planning.

Who may apply: regional, statewide, or local nonprofit organizations serving low-income or minority constituencies with environmental issues as significant part of organization’s agenda.  Amount: No amount shown.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: ESC, 1500 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Suite 25, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 331-9700; fax (202) 331-8592; general@envsc.org;www.envsc.org

  • Do Something grants are funds to promote youth activism. Do Something is a national nonprofit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible, and trains, funds, and mobilizes them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their communities.

Who May Apply: Available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 25 or under, who want to create a community action project, or further the success of an existing program.  Amount: One grant of $500 will be awarded each month.  Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and stay active for consideration for two months after submission.  Contact: Visit the Do Something website to create a project posting and submit an online application: http://www.dosomething.org/grants

  • Serve disadvantaged youth, families, minorities, immigrants and refugees

Who May Apply: 501(c)3 Washington State or the greater Portland area, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.  Amount: No amount shown.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: BMGF P.O. Box 23350, Seattle, Wash. 98102 info@gatesfoundation.org;www.gatesfoundation.org/grantseeker/Pages/funding-community-grants.aspx

Walk, Talk and Taste a PCC Store – Inside Your Grocery

Get to know your grocery store! Join EOS Alliance as we team up with PCC Natural Markets to offer you a customized “Walk, Talk, and Taste Tour” of the PCC Greenlake store. With a focus on sustainability, this interactive workshop will explore the conflicting priorities many of us feel when deciding what to buy. Whether it’s choosing between local and organic or high and low priced products, many of us feel like we need to sacrifice something in order to get the item we need. At this workshop, you will learn how to prioritize your concerns and be a more educated shopper the next time you wander the aisles. Plus, you can look forward to tasty samples of all your favorite PCC products!

Space is limited, cost is FREE, so DON’T WAIT to sign up at this EOS Alliance link events@eosalliance.org

The Green Lake PCC is on the 358 bus route, but for West Seattleites, the 54 and 55 turn into the 5, which goes on Greenwood Avenue, a mere 4 blocks west, get off at or near NW 76th Street and walk east, there is a crosswalk and light on Aurora at that intersection.