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Richard Fors

Kitsap Conservation District

"healthy sustainable forestry"

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    22
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    515
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Richard's Actions

Nature

Start or Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one to keep my food local, minimize my climate carbon footprint and therefore reduce my impact to the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Properly dispose of boat waste

I will learn where pumpout facilities are in the Puget Sound areas I go boating, and use those pumpout facilities instead of dumping into the Puget Sound or Pacific Ocean beyond.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Switch to Natural Yard Care Practices

I will spend 30 to research, write-up, and deliver 1 page about why my family, landlord, apartment manager, or school should switch to natural/organic yard care practices, and deliver to that person.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Remove invasive weeds

Recruit 2+ friends/family/neighbors and together remove invasive vegetation from our home/apartment building/neighborhood that is in a watershed upstream of downstream salmon and orcas.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard to improve our regional ecosystem.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends to minimize my downstream impact in my watershed.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Fix all car leaks

I will maintain my car/vehicle by fixing all car leaks and avoid leakage draining to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest Puget Sound farm to learn about locally produced food and the quality of life of all involved in producing it to make better choices for Puget Sound when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Stormwater Drain Marking

The single largest source of pollution that contaminates Puget Sound is polluted storm water runoff. By marking storm drains, we can educate our community by informing them that nothing but rain should go down the drain!

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers to minimize my water footprint, as in many watersheds, a drop for me is one less for salmon, which then warms streams or impairs salmon streamflows.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:28 AM
    rain is the main source. We don't have snowpack and all the water is from precipitaiton. We need to keep it from running off.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Start or Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:24 AM
    OSO 

    I saw how forestry decisions added to a bad situation and that people died because of preventble ground slip. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:21 AM
    If you know your farmer, you know what they put on there fields. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:19 AM
    HE washing machine uses less water to do laundry
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:18 AM
    rain barrels and runoff capture/processing
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:16 AM
    forestry practices and tree farms
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Could plants reproduce and flourish without the labor of pollinators?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:15 AM
    Because they are needed for crops like cherries. 

    Some plants maybe, but a lot need the pollinators to make fruit.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:12 AM
    i can stop getting takeout i guess. it would mean more dishes to wash, but less plastic styrofoam
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Properly dispose of boat waste
    What do you imagine happens to your boat waste, if not disposed of properly? Does the ocean have an infinite capacity to reabsorb and process fecal bacteria?

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    Richard Fors 11/05/2020 11:09 AM
    It eventually gets into the drinking water supply. The ocean can only process so much crap. That isn't endless.