The Schoolyard Habitat Project is beginning to show signs of life with the recent spat of warm wet weather. This massive community undertaking has two more years of funding, and a host of other projects to tackle.
Last summer’s efforts, led by Matt Gray, transformed the elementary school’s front yard into a vibrant, inviting habitat. Volunteer gardeners included The Seward Boys & Girls Club, the DaVinci Summer Science and Arts Camp, Seward Teen & Youth Center, Kenai Fjords National Park crews, a group of Master Gardeners, RBCA members, Alaska Soil & Water Conservation District, Seward Teachers, Seward Garden Club, the USCG, and a host of independent drop-in local volunteers.
In addition to the massive effort of volunteers, the following is a partial list of some of the donations put into this project last summer
- Dan Rough donated 60 cubic yards of topsoil
- Blaine Bardarsen hauled the soil for free,
- City of Seward provided 36 cubic yard of wood chips
- Spenard Building Supply provided a major discount on shed materials & tools
- Metco Inc. provided discounts on pine shrub removal, top soil, and gravel
- Vince Benjamin (Salmon Bake owner) donated the use of his Bobcat for two weeks.
Plans for this coming summer include a nature trail from the elementary school to the middle school, raised beds for the elementary school, initial work on an amphitheater for the high school, and interpretive signs for the local school trails.
RBCA (Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance) would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of excellent work Matt Gray put into this project. His dedication and perseverance truly made a difference to Seward Elementary School’s yard. Unfortunately, Matt and his wife Amy moved out of state this past fall. RBCA is currently searching for a new coordinator for this project. Please visit their website (http://www.rbca-alaska.org/) or contact Bob Barnwell at 362-7763 for further information.
Schoolyard Habitat Blog: http://sewardschoolyardhabitats.blogspot.com/