Not all projects require big plans and big crews. KCD wants to recognize the DIYers who have taken it upon themselves to improve their landscapes. These projects got initial support from KCD through our education events, workshops, or plant sales. We’re proud to help empower people to take charge of restoring their environment.
Erin Estes and her partner used plants from the 2019 KCD Native Plant Sale and Community Fair for a DIY project on a property with a steep hillside and trail overrun with invasive species.
The two of them were careful to remove the invasive plants from the property and replace them with mostly native plants picked up at KCD’s Native Plant Sale. Now, the once overrun hillside has been replanted with salal, kinnikinnick, sword ferns, evergreen huckleberry, serviceberry and beaked hazelnut. In total, the project has added around 100 native plants to the property.
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.