Environment

Invasive Plants

These are exotic plants that crowd out native plants and may be toxic to native animals.  In some cases invasive plants may directly or indirectly increase the risk of fire, change the soils, increase erosion, etc..  This all damages the natural habitat for native animals and other native plants.

Advocate:  David Kappler 425-652-2753

Invasive Animals

These are exotic animals that crowd out native animals.  They may destroy other native plant and animals.  In some cases invasive animals may directly or indirectly increase change the behavior of native animals and invade our neighborhoods.  This all damages the natural habitat for native plants and other native animals.  

Native Plants

These are plants which were not introduced by man but occur here naturally.  Before we came, the native plants and animals had achieved a natural balance in  the environment.  Destroying that balance has many unforeseen and sometimes devastating consequences.

Trees, Shrubs, Ferns, Fern Allies, and Herbs

Native Animals

These are animals which were not introduced by man but occur here naturally.  Before we came, the native plants and animals had achieved a natural balance in  the environment.  Destroying that balance has many unforeseen and sometimes devastating consequences.

Some Native Paw Prints

Soils

Soils are a critical part of the environment.  Changing the soils through the introduction of chemicals, erosion, etc. has many consequences.  Changing the soils may destroy the habitats of the native plants, animals or may make farm land less productive, degrade the rivers and streams to change or destroy fish populations, etc..

Water

Water is a critical part of the environment.  Changing the rain, creeks, rivers, lakes, and oceans through the introduction of chemicals, air pollution, erosion, dams, etc. has many consequences.  Changing the water may destroy the habitats of the native plants, animals or may make farm land less productive, degrade the rivers and streams to change or destroy fish populations, etc..

Air

Air is a critical part of the environment.  Changing the air through the introduction of chemicals, burning fossil fuels, wind erosion, etc. has many consequences.  Changing the air may destroy the habitats of the plants, animals, and us.

Climate

Changing the climate can have devastating consequences.  Changing the climate can make our area wetter, drier, warmer, or cooler.  It can change the direction and strength of the winds.  It can change the timing of when we get wind and rain.  It can change how much pollution we breath.  All of this can have devastating consequences to native plants and animals, farm plants and animals, soils, water, air, and us.