You may have seen Our Forest Fund’s booth at the West Fest Mountain Bike festival, the Poulsbo Farmers Market and once at the Kingston Market. We wanted to get the word out about our project to save the remaining trees in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.
We were gratified by the supportive interest we received at these venues. Due to the pandemic, we are new to public outreach, but the camaraderie with the public, other vendors & market management made it easier for us.
What we learned from the experience is that a lot of people are very concerned about the clearcuts in the park. Visitors to our booth were very aware of the loss of forests generally due to logging, wildfires, disease, development and the climate emergency. People did not shy away from our booth, but often eagerly engaged in discussions about the importance of trees to the park and to the environment. Many signed up for our email list for updates on the progress of the project and made donations.
Our first Poulsbo Market appearance was overshadowed by the smoke from wildfires hundreds of miles away, which emphasized how forest loss is a problem for everyone no matter where we live.
Our Forest Fund will have a booth at the Liberty Bay Waterfront Park at the Poulsbo Half Marathon on Saturday, October 16th. Stop by and say hello as you see off the marathon runners!